Setting the Scene
Who: Bucknell (13-1-1) at Princeton (9-4-1)
When: October 25, 2016 – 7 p.m.
Where: Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium – Princeton, N.J.
Webcast: Ivy League Digital Network ($$)
Live Stats: GoPrincetonTigers.com
About the Bison
>> Bucknell looks to rebound Tuesday after suffering its first loss of the season Saturday against Lehigh, 3-2. The Mountain Hawks scored three first half goals in the game, though watched their lead shrink with goals from Maddie Mulford and Bailey Hurst in the second half.
>> Bucknell owns the Patriot League’s top offense, leading the conference in points (130), goals (45) and assists (40). The Bison lead the nation in scoring offense (3.0), rank second in total goals and third in total points.
>>The Bison are outscoring their opponents 45-9, including a 26-3 margin in the second half.
>> Bucknell has the top two scorers in the Patriot League this season. Kendall Ham leads the team and the conference in points (30) and goals (13). Her 13 goals rank eighth in the country. Mulford ranks second in points (25) and goals (9), while recording a point in 10 consecutive contests, a program record.
>> Jessica Ratner is the program’s all-time shutouts (22) leader and owns 27 career victories in goal. She has posted 50 saves, ranks second in the PL in shutouts (6), while her 0.862 save percentage ranks 14th in the nation.
>> The Bison have been getting production from their freshman class this season, as a freshman has scored a goal in three straight games. Hurst has recorded five goals this year, third most among the team, while Gabby Bair has posted four goals.
>> Bucknell is 19-1-2 in its last 23 regular season contests.
>> The Bison are 8-0-0 away from Lewisburg.
>> Bucknell has a RPI of 58, tops in the Patriot League by 79 spots over Lehigh at 137.
Scouting the Tigers
>> Princeton has dropped its last three games, all against Ivy League opponents. The Tigers are coming off a 1-0 loss to Harvard Saturday. Princeton has failed to score a goal in the last two games.
>> Tyler Lussi, a two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year and MAC Hermann watch list selection this season, leads the team in points (22) and goals (9). Both marks rank second in the Ivy League. Lussi owns Princeton career records in goals (52) and points (120).
>> Natalie Grossi has started all 14 games in goal for the Tigers, making 42 saves while posting a .764 save percentage and four shutouts.
>> Princeton owns the Ivy League’s top RPI (37), 17 spots over Harvard (54).
>> The Tigers won the Ivy League title last year, reaching the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
>> Bucknell and Princeton haven’t faced each other since 2008, and the Tigers have won six of the last seven meetings. Princeton is 4-0 all-time against the Bison in Princeton.
>> Ham ranks eighth in both points (61) and goals (27) on Bucknell’s all-time lists. She needs seven points and two goals to pass Jennifer Margolis ’06 for seventh in each category, respectively.
>> Ratner has accumulated 27 goalkeeper wins in her career. She needs three victories to move into a tie for most all-time.
>> Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week
* Kendall Ham (Sept. 12, Oct. 10)
* Maddie Mulford (Oct. 3)
>> Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week
* Karli Cirovski (Oct. 10)
* Maddie Dano (Sept. 6)
* Jackie Ham (Sept. 19)
>> Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week
* Jessica Ratner (Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3)
>> Bison Athlete of the Week
* Maddie Mulford (Oct. 3)
* Jessica Ratner (Aug. 29)
>> Bucknell returns to action Saturday with a trip to West Point to wrap up the Patriot League regular season. With a victory over Army West Point, the Bison will clinch top seed and host the Patriot League Tournament. Game time is scheduled for 3 p.m. and the contest will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.