Setting the Scene:
Who: No. 1 Bucknell (15-1-2) vs. No. 2 Boston University (9-10-1)
When: November 6, 2016 – 1 p.m.
Where: Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium – Lewisburg, Pa.
Webcast: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
About the Bison
>> Bucknell defeated sixth-seeded Lafayette on Friday to earn a spot in the Patriot League Tournament Championship Game for the second consecutive season and the fifth time in program history.
>> Alexis Gannon and Gabi Rosenfeld each found the back of the net in the first-ever meeting between the Bison and Leopards in postseason play.
>> Jessica Ratner made two saves in the win, while the Bison defense held Lafayette to just eight shots en route to posting their 10th shutout of the season.
>> Bucknell is outscoring its opponents 49-10 this year, including a 27-4 margin in the second half.
>> The Bison have the top two scorers in the Patriot League on their roster. Kendall Ham, the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, leads the team and the Patriot League in points (34) and goals (15). First Team All-PL selection Maddie Mulford ranks second in those categories with 26 points and nine goals, while her eight assists are most in the Patriot League.
>> The Bison defense has allowed just 10 goals all season, the fewest in the Patriot League. Bucknell has posted 10 shutouts this year, recording a double-digit shutout total for the second consecutive season.
>> Bucknell is 22-2-4 in its last 28 games.
>> The Bison are 13-1-1 at Emmitt Field over the last two seasons.
Scouting the Terriers
>> Boston University will compete in its fourth consecutive PL title game following a 2-1 victory over fifth-seeded Navy.
>> Trailing 1-0 in the second half, the Terriers rallied back with a pair of goals in a span of 1:53. McKenna Doyle, a Third Team All-Patriot League selection and Julianna Chen, a First Team All-PL honoree, each scored in the victory.
>> Rachel Bloznalis was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, while Erica Kosienski (Second Team), Rachel Blauner (Second Team) and Dorrie Varley-Barrett (Third Team) each earned a spot on All-Patriot League Teams.
>> Bucknell is 1-4 all-time against the Terriers.
>> The Bison earned their first-ever victory over the league foe this season in the conference opener. Mulford and Gannon found the back of the net in the win, while Ratner made seven saves.
>> Sunday’s PL championship game will be a rematch of last year’s title game. Chelsea Churchill scored the decisive goal in the 86th minute to secure Boston’s third consecutive league title. Ratner made a career-high 12 stops in the contest.
Patriot League Tournament History
>> Bucknell is 7-14-4 all-time in the Patriot League Tournament. The Bison have advanced to the championship game five times in school history.
>> The Bison have won league titles in 2001 and 2005.