Setting the Scene
What: Bucknell Bison (2-2, 0-1 PL) at Navy Midshipmen (1-3, 0-1 PL)
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Annapolis, Md.)
When: Saturday, March 4, 3 p.m.
Webcast: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: Navysports.com
-- The Bison sit at 2-2 overall after the first month of competition. After opening the season with a pair of one-goal victories over Delaware and Bryant, Bucknell has dropped its past two matches versus Fairfield and Colgate.
-- Colgate was the first conference opponent for Bucknell in 2017, as the Raiders earned a 15-10 victory. The two teams were tied at five apiece midway through the second quarter, but Colgate scored nine of the next ten goals to put the game out of reach.
-- Bucknell’s 2017 point leaders include Sands (21p, 6g, 15a), O’Brien (17p, 15g, 2a), Malas (16p, 9g, 7a), and Connor O'Hara (9p, 9g, 0a). O’Brien has already surpassed his 2016 goal total.
-- Christian Klipstein recorded his 200th career save against Colgate. He has a .554 save percentage through his first two seasons.
-- As a team, the Bison have excelled at keeping control of the ball, as their 43 turnovers are the fewest in the Patriot League.
-- Bucknell has been a fourth-quarter team, outscoring opponents 15-5 in the final frame.
-- O’Brien’s 3.75 goals per game rank first in the Patriot League, while Sands is first in the conference and third in the nation with 3.75 assists per game.
-- Sands, who was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List earlier this week, now has 59 career assists, which are tied for ninth-most in program history. Pete Keblish (1987-90) also had 59. Next on the list is Tom Walther '88 with 65.
-- Jarett Witzal is only four games into his sophomore season, but he already ranks fourth on Bucknell's career chart for faceoff wins with 214.
-- Navy enters Saturday’s matchup at 1-3 overall, 0-1 in the Patriot League. Last weekend, the Midshipmen fell 8-7 at home to Boston University. The Terriers scored the final three goals of the game, including Jack Wilson’s game-winner with one second remaining.
-- Delaware has been a common opponent for both Bucknell and Navy this season. The Bison defeated the Blue Hens 14-13 in their season opener, while Navy’s lone win on the season came in an 11-5 triumph over Delaware.
-- The Midshipmen use a variety of weapons to score on offense. Eleven different players have scored a goal, but no player has scored more than six times this season.
-- Brady Dove is one of the best faceoff specialists in the country, winning 51 of 76 faceoffs thus far for a .671 percentage, which ranks fifth in the nation.
Series History with Navy
-- Bucknell and Navy are tied at 8-8 all-time dating back to 1996.
-- The Midshipmen won last season’s contest 13-6 in Lewisburg. Quinn Collison scored twice for the Bison in that match.
-- Before last season’s defeat, the Bison had won five games in a row against Navy, outscoring them 54-35 over that span.
-- Bucknell and Navy have gone to single or double overtime on four different occasions (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011).
-- Bucknell will return home to take on Holy Cross on March 11 at 1 p.m. The Bison defeated the Crusaders last year, scoring a season-high 18 goals.