Setting the Scene
Who: Bucknell (13-1-2, 7-1-0 PL) at Army West Point (4-11-2, 2-4-2 PL)
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 – 3 p.m.
Where: Clinton Field – West Point, N.Y.
Webcast: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: GoArmyWestPoint.com
About the Bison
>> Bucknell took a break from league play on Tuesday with a trip to Princeton. The two sides played to a 1-1 draw in the non-conference finale for both teams. Kendall Ham scored the lone goal for the Bison in the stalemate. Maddie Mulford was credited with the assist.
>> Bucknell owns the Patriot League’s top offense, leading the conference in points (133), goals (46) and assists (41). The Bison rank second in the nation in scoring offense (2.88) and first in points per game (8.31).
>>The Bison are outscoring their opponents 46-10, including a 26-4 margin in the second half.
>> Bucknell has the top two scorers in the Patriot League this season. Ham leads the team and the conference in points (32) and goals (14). Her 14 goals rank fourth in the country. Mulford ranks second in points (26) and goals (9), recording a point in 11 consecutive contests.
>> Jessica Ratner is the program’s all-time shutouts (22) leader and owns 27 career victories in a goal. She has posted 56 saves, ranks second in the PL in shutouts (9), while her .848 save percentage is third in the league.
>> The Bison have been getting production from their freshman class this season. Bailey Hurst has recorded five goals this year, third most among the team, while Gabby Bair has posted four goals.
>> Bucknell is 19-1-3 in its last 24 regular season contests.
>> The Bison are 8-0-1 away from Lewisburg.
>> Bucknell not only has done well on the field, but in the classroom as well, as Alexis Gannon, Kendall Ham and Jackie Ham each earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 Team.
Scouting the Black Knights
>> Army West Point has lost three-straight games, including a 2-0 loss to Penn on Monday.
>> Clare Shea leads the Black Knights in points (13), goals (4) and assists (5).
>> Jordan Cassalla has started all 16 games in goal for Army, tallying 86 saves with a .761 save percentage.
>> The Black Knights are being outscored by their opponents 31-15 this season.
>> Army West Point is 2-0-1 in conference home games this year, with victories over Lafayette and Loyola.
>> The Black Knights were picked sixth in the PL Preseason Poll.
>> Bucknell is 14-17-2 all-time against Army, winning the last two meetings. The Bison defeated the Black Knights 1-0 last season in Lewisburg. Ratner posted three saves in the win, while Cora Climo and Gannon were credited with an assist on the lone goal in the 50th minute.
>> The Bison haven’t won a regular season contest at West Point since 2009. Bucknell last won on Clinton Field at the 2014 Patriot League Tournament.
Patriot League Tournament Implications
>> With a victory on Saturday, Bucknell will clinch the top-seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
>> Army West Point can earn a spot in the tournament with a victory and a Lafayette loss to Colgate.
>> Ham ranks seventh in goals (28) and eighth in points (63) on Bucknell’s all-time lists. She needs five points to pass Jennifer Margolis ’06 for seventh and one goal to pass Jennifer Margolis ’06 for sixth.
>> Ratner has accumulated 27 goalkeeper wins in her career. She needs three victories to move into a tie for most all-time.
>> Bucknell has already clinched a spot in the tournament and are guaranteed a quarterfinal bye. The Patriot League Tournament Semifinals is set to begin Nov. 4.