LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men's lacrosse team is set to take on Bryant in its first road game of its 50th anniversary season on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m.
The Bison will look to carry the momentum from their comeback victory over Marist into their contest against the defending NEC champion Bulldogs.
Bucknell (1-0, 0-0 Patriot League) vs. Bryant (1-0, 0-0 NEC)
When: Saturday, Feb. 10 – 1 p.m.
Where: Bryant Track & Turf Complex – Smithfield, R.I.
Internet Video: NEC Front Row
Live Stats: BryantBulldogs.com
Follow on Twitter: @Bucknell_MLAX
Bucknell at a Glance
• The Bison men's lacrosse team is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2018. Established in 1968, the program has compiled a 361-346 all-time record with Sid Jamieson (1968-2005) and Frank Fedorjaka (2006-present) at the helm.
• Bucknell is 1-0 (0-0 Patriot League) on the season. The Bison's game against Bryant will be their first on the road in 2018.
• In 2017, Bucknell went 5-8 (3-5 Patriot League), coming up a single game short of qualifying for its 11th-straight Patriot League Tournament.
• The Bison, who finished tied for seventh in the Patriot League a year ago, were picked to place fourth in the 2018 preseason poll, as voted on by the league’s coaches and sports information directors.
• Bucknell returns four All-Patriot League selections in Matt Gilray (2nd '17, '16), Christian Klipstein (2nd '17, '16), Sean O'Brien (1st '17) and Will Sands (1st '17, 2nd '16). All four were voted to the 2018 Preseason All-Patriot League team, giving the Bison the league-high total.
• Fedorjaka, who is in his 13th season as head coach, owns a 112-70 record. In Patriot League action, he has gone 50-30, leading the Bison to perfect 6-0 records in 2009 and 2011.
Inside the Marist Box Score
• Bucknell overcame a four-goal deficit to down Marist, 11-9, in its 2018 opener on Feb. 3 at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.
• Will Sands led the Bison's comeback effort, recording five of his game-high eight points during a 5-0 run that turned a 7-3 deficit into an 8-7 advantage. Ben Clark, who took over in net after the Red Foxes' seventh goal, was impressive in his collegiate debut, making four saves and forcing a critical turnover with 1:24 remaining in regulation to help Bucknell defend its two-goal edge.
• Connor O'Hara had a strong outing offensively, recording four goals on nine shots. Sean O'Brien (2g) and Reed Malas (1g-1a) also had multi-point outings for Bucknell while Tommy Sopko netted his first collegiate goal in his first game early in the first quarter.
• Nine Bison collected at least two ground balls with Conor Shears leading the way with four. Clark, Shears and Hunter Newman each forced a pair of turnovers.
• For their role in Bucknell's comeback victory, Sands (Offensive Player of the Week) and Clark (Rookie of the Week) were recognized by the Patriot League with weekly awards.
• Clark was also honored on the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association DI Team of the Week. He was the lone freshman to make the 10-man squad, the first of the 2018 campaign.
Bryant at a Glance
• Like Bucknell, Bryant is currently 1-0 (0-0 NEC). The Bulldogs defeated Manhattan, 15-7, in their season opener on Feb. 3 behind Marc O'Rourke's five-point outing.
• Bryant was selected as the unanimous favorite to win the NEC in 2018, based on a vote by the league's six head coaches.
• In 2017, Bryant posted an 11-8 (4-2 NEC) record. The second-seeded Bulldogs edged top-seeded Hobart in the NEC championship game to advance to their fourth NCAA tournament. There, they topped Monmouth, 10-7, in the play-in game before falling to No. 1 Maryland, 13-10.
• Bryant returns four of its six 2017 all-NEC selections: Tom Kennedy (First Team), Kenny Massa (First Team), Kyle Cornell (Second Team) and Jake Buonaiuto (Rookie Team).
• The Bulldogs have won six of the past seven NEC regular-season titles. They own five tournament crowns.
The Bucknell/Bryant Series
• Bucknell leads the all-time series with Bryant, 4-1.
• The Bison and Bulldogs have met every season since 2013.
• All but one game was decided by two or fewer goals.
• In the most recent meeting on Feb. 11, 2017, Bucknell overcame an 8-5 deficit to down Bryant, 9-8. Connor O'Hara scored the game-winning goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to complete the comeback, and Will Sands assisted on all three of the Bison's fourth-quarter goals.
Bison in the NCAA Top 10 (as of Feb. 6)
• Ben Clark: First in save percentage (.667)
• Will Sands: Second in points (8)
• Will Sands: Second in assists (6)
• Connor O'Hara: Tied for fifth in goals (4)
• Ben Clark, Hunter Newman and Conor Shears: Tied for sixth in caused turnovers (2)
Career Milestone Watch
• Matt Gilray: Needs 14 ground balls to crack Bucknell's top 10 with 138
• Will Sands: Needs three points to move from seventh to sixth (179) in school history; needs eight to enter a tie for fifth (184)
• Will Sands: Needs eight goals to enter Bucknell's top 10 with 92
• Will Sands: Needs eight assists to become the fifth Bison to record 100 in his career
• Jarett Witzal: Needs nine ground balls to crack Bucknell's top 10 with 138
• Jarett Witzal: Needs 23 face-off attempts to move from fourth to third (560) in school history
• Jarett Witzal: Needs 111 face-off wins to claim the school record from Jake Clarke (422)
A Look Ahead
• The Bison will battle Richmond for the first time in program history on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m.