BISON TACKLING CANCER
This year Bucknell women’s soccer will be partnering with the Vs. Cancer Foundation to cure Kids’ cancer. They will be highlighting their game against Army on Saturday, Oct. 7, where donations will be collected. Additionally, the team will be collecting any donations on campus on the three Thursdays prior to the event: 9/21, 9/28, and 10/5 in the Elaine Langone Center from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Proceeds will go to support pediatric cancer research and the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital at Geisinger. The team will also make several visits to the pediatric cancer patients at Geisinger throughout the year. Donations will be accepted for a gold ribbon and can also be made at the game against Army on Oct. 7, or through the team’s webpage: https://team.vs-cancer.org/bucknellsoccer2017
Setting the Scene, Part 1
Who: Bucknell (3-5-0, 1-0-0 PL) vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) (3-5-1, 0-0-0 NEC)
When: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Setting the Scene, Part 2
Who: Bucknell (3-5-0, 1-0-0 PL) vs. American (1-8-0, 0-1-0 PL)
When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 12 p.m.
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
About the Bison
• The suddenly stingy Bison return home for a pair of matches this week after playing five of their previous six on the road. Bucknell is coming off back-to-back 1-0 shutouts over Penn and Lafayette, and including earlier games against Rider and Tennessee, the Bison have allowed only two goals in four games in the month of September.
• Bucknell comes in with a 3-5-0 record, but the five losses have come against teams with a combined 31-9-3 record (Syracuse, Saint Joseph's, Duke, William & Mary, Tennessee).
• All three of Bucknell's victories have come in dramatic fashion, the latest coming this past Saturday in Easton, Pa. In the Patriot League opener, the Bison and Leopards seemed to be headed for overtime, but junior Carly Baggott found the back of the net with just 45 seconds remaining in regulation. The play began with a Maddie Dano corner kick, which was initially headed out by Lafayette. Meghan Holtz headed the ball back into traffic in the center of the penalty area, and Baggott turned the ball into the right side of the goal.
• Previously, freshman Brianna Kropinack tallied game-winning goals at Rider (in overtime) and Penn (79th minute). All three of those late game-winners were assisted by Holtz, who is Bucknell's leading scorer with seven points on two goals and three assists.
• Bucknell had a pair of honorees this week. Dani Kaufman earned Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week honors after making all three of her saves in the second half of the 1-0 shutout at Lafayette. Baggott earned Bison Athlete of the Week honors in recognition of her 90th-minute goal.
• Kaufman is off to a strong start with 47 saves through eight games. Her 5.88 saves per game lead the Patriot League, and she ranks second in save percentage (.797). Kaufman has an experienced back four in front of her, with center backs Karli Cirovskiand Maddie Dano flanked by outside backs Jackie Ham and Ali Russo.
• 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 the 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.
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 Saint Francis/Series History
• The Red Flash have also played a tough non-conference schedule and bring a 3-5-1 record into Wednesday's game in Lewisburg. Their losses have all come on the road, against Miami (Fla.), Florida Atlantic, Dayton, No. 15 Georgetown and George Washington. Saint Francis has wins over VMI, Loyola (Md.) and Radford, the latter a 3-0 verdict in Loretto on Sunday.
• Saint Francis has been outscored 21-14 on the season. Alyssa McGhee leads the team with 12 points from four goals and four assists. Gabi Morales has three goals and four assists for 10 points. Camryn Tirado also has three goals, and Sara Suler and Leah Hardin have two each.
• Julia Herman has handled all of the goalkeeping duties thus far and has 47 saves for a .691 save percentage.
• Like Bucknell, Saint Francis played in the NCAA Tournament last season. The Red Flash won the Northeast Conference title, then fell 2-0 at Georgetown in the first round of NCAAs. They have 10 of their 11 starters back this season and were picked as preseason favorites in the NEC in 2017.
• Bucknell is 16-6-2 all-time against Saint Francis in a series that dates back to 1992. The Bison won the first 10 games in the series but is 6-6-2 since then. After an 0-4-1 stretch from 2010-14, Bucknell has bounced back with two straight wins, 3-0 at home in 2015 and 1-0 in Loretto last season.
• In last year's matchup, Bucknell racked up 28 shots and 11 corner kicks but needed a Kendall Ham goal with 42 seconds remaining to pull out the 1-0 win.
Scouting American/Series History
• It's been a tough start for the Eagles, who have dropped 8 of 9 and been outscored 23-2. The team's lone win was a 2-1 verdict over VMI on Aug. 24 in D.C. Most recently, American fell 6-0 at Boston University in its Patriot League opener on Saturday. The Eagles will carry a six-game scoreless run into Lewisburg on Saturday.
• Charly Slavik and Toni Williams have scored the team's two goals, both coming in the win over VMI.
• Three different goalkeepers have started games for American this season. Amy Krotine has made five starts, including the team's victory over VMI.
• Bucknell is 9-8-1 all-time against American, including three straight victories. After suffering three straight shutout losses from 2011-13, the Bison have won the last three by a combined 9-1 margin. Bucknell is 5-3 against American at home.
• In last year's meeting at Emmitt Field, Bucknell scored early and often in a 5-1 win. Maddie Mulford opened the scoring just 4:11 into the match, and it went to 4-0 when Casey Gray, Bailey Hurst and Kendall Ham scored less than five minutes apart. Madie Light got American on the board in the 52nd minute before Gabby Bair closed the scoring in the 71st.
• After the American game, the Bison head back on the road for a pair of league games at Loyola and Holy Cross.