Setting the Scene
What: Holy Cross Crusaders (1-4, 1-1 PL) at Bucknell Bison (2-3, 0-2 PL)
Where: Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium (Lewisburg, Pa.)
When: Saturday, March 11, 1 p.m.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Webcast: Patriot League Network and live on Twitter
-- Bucknell is coming off of a 13-7 defeat to Patriot League opponent Navy last week in Annapolis.
-- The Bison managed to jump out to a 2-0 lead early in the first quarter, but the Midshipmen rallied to score five goals before the quarter had ended. Navy also used a four-goal third quarter to put the game out of reach and earn its first conference victory on the season.
-- With the loss, Bucknell sits in eighth place early in the conference schedule. However, after starting 0-2 in the Patriot League last season, the Bison rebounded with five wins in its final six conference games to secure a postseason berth.
-- As a team, the Bison have excelled at keeping control of the ball, as their 56 turnovers are the fewest in the Patriot League.
-- The fourth quarter has been kind to the Bison, with Bucknell outshooting (73-25) and outscoring (18-8) opponents in the final frame.
-- O’Brien’s 3.2 goals per game rank first in the Patriot League, while Sands is second in the conference and third in the nation with 3.6 assists per game.
Scouting Holy Cross
-- Holy Cross allowed a season-high 16 goals in the team’s most recent contest, a loss at No. 12 Loyola.
-- The Crusaders’ lone victory came in the team’s conference opener, a 14-8 win over Lehigh.
-- Holy Cross has been a part of some lopsided contests, with only one game being decided by fewer than six goals.
-- Kevin Lux leads the Crusaders in goals (9), assists (5) and points (14). Jon Vogel (8) and Marc Buermann (7) are also top goal-producers.
Series History with Holy Cross
-- Bucknell is 27-0 all-time against Holy Cross. The two teams have met every season since 1991.
-- The Bison have scored double digit goals in their past nine and 24 of 27 total games against Holy Cross.
-- Bucknell played the Crusaders twice last season, including a 13-7 win over them in the Patriot League tournament. Sands set tournament records with seven assists and 10 points, while Klipstein set the tournament record with 21 saves. In three career games against the Crusaders, Sands has a whopping 27 points on 13 goals and 14 assists. He logged three goals and six assists in the 2015 meeting and then had a career-high seven goals along with an assist in an 18-12 Bison victory in Worcester during the 2016 regular season.
-- Bucknell will travel to Villanova for a mid-week, non-conference matchup. The game will be held on Tuesday, March 14 at 4 p.m.