LEWISBURG, Pa. – One day after a thrilling overtime victory in the Patriot League championship game against Boston University, the Bucknell women’s soccer team has learned its NCAA Tournament destination. The Bison will travel to Penn State for a first-round game on Friday at 6 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.
Bucknell will be making its third NCAA appearance in women’s soccer. The previous berths came in 2001 and 2005, opening against the Nittany Lions on both occasions. Overall, the two teams have met 19 times with Penn State leading the all-time series, 18-0-1.
Penn State, the defending NCAA National Champions, is 11-4-4 overall and finished 7-1-3 in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions earned the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament, but were defeated by No. 7 seed Rutgers in the quarterfinals. Penn State will be making its 22nd-straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Nittany Lions are led by All-Big Ten First Team selection Frannie Crouse, who leads the team and the Big Ten in goals (12), while her 25 points are a team-best and rank third in the conference. All-Big Ten Third Team honoree Megan Schafer is the second on the team in points (14) and goals (5). Amanda Dennis has started every game in net for Penn State, tallying 50 saves with a .746 save percentage.
Bucknell won the Patriot League championship as the No. 1 seed, winning the regular season title for the fifth time in school history. The Bison defeated No. 6 Lafayette 2-0 in the semifinals, and then they knocked off three-time defending champion Boston University. Tri-captain Cora Climo, the Patriot League Tournament MVP, scored the golden goal 4:36 into sudden-death overtime off a cross from Jackie Ham, a Second Team All-Patriot League selection.
Maddie Mulford scored her 10th goal of the season to open the scoring in Sunday’s championship game. Mulford, a First Team All-Patriot League honoree, is second on the team and in the Patriot League in points (28) and goals.
The winner of the Bucknell-Penn State game will advance to play the winner of Virginia-Monmouth.
Ticket sales at Jeffrey Field are cash only, but fans can purchase tickets for the match prior to Friday by calling 1-800-NITTANY or visiting the ticket office at the Bryce Jordan Center. Tickets go on-sale Wednesday, Nov. 9, starting at 10 a.m.
Ticket prices are: $8 for adults, $5 for youth and students of participating schools and $3 for groups of 20 or more.