Setting the Scene
What: Bryant Bulldogs (1-0, 0-0 NEC) vs. Bucknell Bison (1-0, 0-0 PL) 
Where: Christy-Mathewson Memorial Stadium (Lewisburg, Pa.)
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 1 p.m.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Live Video: Patriot League Network

About Bucknell
-- Bucknell opened its 50th season with a 14-13 come-from-behind victory last weekend over Delaware.

The Blue Hens were up 11-6 halfway through the third quarter, but an 8-2 run helped the Bison to their first win of the season.

-- This was the fourth victory over the Blue Hens in the past five years.

-- Sophomore Sean O'Brien scored a career-high six goals en route to a Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week Award and Bison Athlete of the Week Award. It was the most goals scored for a Bison in a season-opener since Patrick Christensen scored six in 2004.

-- Reed Malas contributed three goals and two assists, while Will Sands added two goals and five assists.

-- The Bison went 10-6 overall, 5-3 in the Patriot League last season, finishing tied for third in the conference. They finished the season with a 7-6 double-overtime defeat to Loyola in the Patriot League Semifinals.

-- Bucknell has finished with an overall winning record in nine of the past 10 seasons.

-- In their 10 victories, the Bison managed to win by an average margin of 5.4 goals.

-- The Bison return five regular starters, the team’s top two point scorers, and three members of the All-Patriot League Team.

-- This season, Bucknell was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League preseason poll, earning 91 points. Ahead of the Bison were Loyola (128), Navy (112), and Army (96). Loyola earned the maximum 16 first-place votes.

-- Three Bison were voted to the Patriot League All-League Team. Will Sands, Matt Gilray, and Christian Klipstein were honored.

-- Seniors Quinn Collison, Tommy O'Connor, and Mike Schiappa, and juniors Sands and Gilray were selected captains for the 2017 season.

 

Scouting Bryant
-- Bryant used a 9-3 first-half advantage to win its opening match against Manhattan 17-10.

-- Cam Ziegler led the team with four goals, while Kyle Cornell dished out four assists.

-- The Bulldogs went 10-5 last season, including 5-1 in the Northeast Conference. They fell to Hobart in the conference semifinals.

-- Bryant was picked to finish third in the NEC this season.

 

Series History with Bryant
-- Bucknell is 3-1 all-time against Bryant.

-- The Bison and Bulldogs have met every season starting in 2013.

-- Each matchup has been decided by three goals or fewer.

-- Bryant earned its victory back in 2014, a 12-9 triumph at Beirne Stadium.

-- In last season’s matchup, Bucknell earned the 11-10 victory. Will Sands and Connor O'Hara scored two goals each.

 

Up Next
-- The Bison will continue its three-game homestand with Fairfield next Saturday at 11:30 a.m. This will be the sixth all-time meeting between the two teams.