Setting the Scene
Who: Bucknell (0-2, 0-0 PL) at No. 12/15 Duke (1-1, 0-0 ACC)
When: Friday, August 25 – 2 p.m.
Where: Koskinen Stadium – Durham, N.C.
Live Video: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: GoDuke.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_WSOC
Who: Bucknell (0-2, 0-0 PL) at William & Mary (2-0, 0-0 CAA)
When: Sunday, August 27 – 2 p.m.
Where: Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field - Williamsburg, Va.
Live Video: TribeAthletics.com
Live Stats: TribeAthletics.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_WSOC
About the Bison
• Bucknell hits the road for the first time in 2017, taking on two more top programs in No. 12/15 Duke and William & Mary. Last week, the Bison opened the season with home losses to Syracuse (2-0) and Saint Joseph's (3-2). The Orange avenged last year's loss to the Bison, while the Hawks, who finished 18-2-2 last season, rallied with two late goals to pull out a victory at Emmitt Field.
• The defending Patriot League champions are playing a very difficult non-conference schedule. Following this weekend, the Bison still have Tennessee, Rider, Penn, Princeton and Saint Francis (Pa.) on the OOC slate.
• Bucknell set team records in wins (16), league wins (8) and win percentage (.850) last season, while posting a program-record 14 game unbeaten streak.
• The Bison brought back 45 of their 51 goals a season ago, including eight of their top 10 scorers. Bucknell returned seven starters, five of whom made All-Patriot League Teams in 2016.
• The Bison have reached the Patriot League Championship game each of the last two seasons under Kelly Cook, who is in her third year as head coach. She is a two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year and will be joined on the sidelines by David Madsen and Leigh Howard. The trio earned NSCAA Regional Staff of the Year honors in 2016.
• Senior forward Kendall Ham was named to the watch list for MAC Hermann Trophy, given annually to the nation's best player. Ham became Bucknell's first women's soccer All-American last season. She and her twin sister, outside back Jackie Ham, are starters and returning All-Patriot League selections.
• Last Sunday's game against Saint Joseph's was a thriller. The Bison trailed 1-0 at the half but got a big lift from their reserve attacking unit in the second half. Freshman Jenna Marek drew a penalty, which was converted by senior co-captain Meghan Holtz to even the game at 1-1. Then Marek put Bucknell ahead with a brilliant left-footed goal from outside the area with a defender draped all over her. Marek's first collegiate goal was spoiled by the Hawks, however, who put together a rally of their own and scored the winning goal in the 85th minute.
• While most of Bucknell's starting lineup returned intact, there are a few first-year starters in the mix, most notably in goal. Sophomore keeper Dani Kaufman is in her first year as a starter after backing up All-Patriot Leaguer Jessica Ratner last season. Kaufman made 13 saves against Saint Joseph's and already has 21 on the season. Her 10.5 saves per game lead the conference and rank No. 5 nationally. Junior midfielder Riley Coopersmith is back after missing all of last season with an injury, and sophomore Bailey Hurst has started the first two games after coming off the bench last season. Three freshmen -- Marek, Alexandra Catanzarite and Brianna Kropinack -- have seen extensive action off the bench thus far.
Record Book Watch
• Kendall Ham is tied for sixth (with Jennifer Margolis) on Bucknell's career points chart with 67. Next up is Kerry McDonnell with 76.
• Kendall Ham is seventh all-time in goals with 29. She needs one more to catch McDonnell for the No. 6 spot and three more to equal Christa Matlack for fifth all-time.
• Maddie Mulford sits in a four-way tie for seventh place on Bucknell's career assists list. Her next assist will move her into a tie for sixth with Krista Lee Gentile.
Scouting Duke/Series History
• This will be the first-ever meeting between the Bison and Blue Devils.
• Off to a 1-1 start, Duke is ranked No. 12 in the United Soccer Coaches poll (formerly NSCAA) and No. 15 in Soccer America.
• The Blue Devils opened the season last week with a 2-1 overtime loss to arch-rival North Carolina, but they bounced back on Sunday with a 3-1 home win over Xavier.
• Taylor Racciopi, Imani Dorsey, Kayla McCoy and Chelsea Burns have scored Duke goals thus far. E.J. Proctor was the goalkeeper in the North Carolina game, while Brooke Heinsohn got the call in win over Xavier.
• Duke returned 10 starters and nine of its top 11 scorers from last year's squad that finished 15-5-3, 7-2-1 in the ACC, and won three NCAA Tournament games before falling to West Virginia in the quarterfinals.
Scouting William & Mary/Series History
• Bucknell and William & Mary will be meeting for just the second time, and for the first time since 1992. In Bucknell's third season as a varsity program, they fell 9-0 in Williamsburg.
• The Tribe was picked to finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll, and they are off to a great start. William & Mary opened up at James Madison's tournament last weekend and knocked off Providence (2-0) and Boston College (3-1). Erin Dailey and Elysse Branton scored in the win over the Friars, while Sarah Segan, Rachel Moore and Sami Grasso hit the net against BC.
• William & Mary finished 10-8-2 overall and 4-4-1 in the CAA last season. They fell to tpo-seeded Northeastern 3-0 in the CAA Tournament semifinals.
• The Tribe returned their top five point-scorers and 80 percent of their goals from last season.
• After this weekend's matches, the Bison visit Rider on Sept. 3 at 3 p.m. The Bison and Broncs played to a 1-1 draw in Lewisburg last season.