Setting the Scene, Part 1
When: Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7 p.m.
What: Bucknell (4-5-2, 2-2-0 PL) at Howard (1-10-1, 0-0-1 Sun Belt)
Where: Greene Stadium, Washington, D.C.
Setting the Scene, Part 2
When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.
What: Bucknell (4-5-2, 2-2-0 PL) at Colgate (4-7-1, 1-2-1 PL)
Where: Beyer-Small '76 Field, Hamilton, N.Y.
Live Stats: GoColgateRaiders.com
Live Video: Patriot League Network
About the Bison
• Bucknell wraps up a three-game road swing with away contests at Howard and Colgate this week. The Bison are 4-1 at home this season but 0-4-2 on enemy soil. After back-to-back home wins over American and Loyola, Bucknell dropped at 2-1 verdict at Holy Cross on Saturday to fall back to 2-2 in Patriot League play.
• With six points in the Patriot League standings, the Bison are tied for fifth place alongside Army. Boston University is the lone unblemished side at 4-0, followed by Loyola at 3-1 and Lehigh and Holy Cross at 2-1-1.
• The Bison scored a terrific mid-week victory last week over Patriot League preseason favorite Loyola at Emmitt Field. After a spirited 90 minutes ended without a goal, Patrick Mahoney finished a centering feed from Bernie Wright early in overtime to give Bucknell a big 1-0 win. The Bison improved to 6-0 all-time against the Greyhounds.
• Wright's first-half goal put the Bison up 1-0 at Holy Cross on Saturday, but a pair of Arno Rupp goals in the second half helped the Crusaders rally for the win.
• Wright has been red-hot of late. He now has points in four straight games and a goal in three of his last four. He is tied for second on the team with seven points (3G, 1A), all coming in the last four contests.
• Nick King, who drew the second assist on Mahoney's OT goal against Loyola, is the squad leader with eight points from three goals and two assists. Matt Thorsheim joins Wright with seven points on two goals and three assists. Ben Derleth and Tyler Peterson also have goals this season.
• Goalkeeper Ryan Ott has an .818 save percentage and a 0.97 goals-against average with three clean sheets. He leads the Patriot League in save percentage and ranks No. 2 in saves per game (4.5) and goals-against average.
• Brendan Nash is in his 19th season as Bucknell's head coach and his 22nd as a member of the Bison coaching staff. His predecessor, Craig Reynolds, patrolled the sideline for 32 years, meaning Bucknell has had only two men's soccer head coaches over the last 50 years. Nash's 171 wins are second all-time to Reynolds' 238, but Nash's .529 winning percentage is No. 1 in program history. He has guided the Bison to four Patriot League titles in the last 11 years.
Scouting Howard/Series History
• It's a Bison vs. Bison affair on Tuesday night in Washington, D.C. Bucknell takes on a Howard side that is 1-10-1 overall but is coming off a scoreless tie with Appalachian State in its Sun Belt Conference opener. The team's win came back on Sept. 20 at VMI by a 2-1 count.
• Howard has been outscored 27-5 on the season, with five different players accounting for the Bison's five goals. Victor Guirma has a pair of assists in addition to a goal. Andres Gomez has attempted a team-high 23 shots.
• Bucknell and Howard have met three times previously, all in the last three years. Bucknell sandwiched 4-0 and 7-0 home wins around a 5-2 verdict in D.C. in 2015. That game at Greene Stadium two seasons ago was a wild one. Howard took a 2-0 lead early in the second half, and then Bucknell immediately responded with three goals in four minutes to take the lead. They added two more to make it a five-goal second half.
• Last season Bucknell tied the Emmitt Field record with a seven-goal outburst, including four goals in a span of just 3:05 early in the second half. Nick King had a hand in four of the goals, scoring once and assisting on three others. Ari Rosenzweig and Ben Derleth were also among the goal-scorers.
Scouting Colgate/Series History
• The Raiders are coming off a 2-0 road win over American on Saturday, and that came on the heels of a wild 4-4 tie with Lehigh in game that featured a combined 53 shots. Colgate, which plays at Cornell on Tuesday before hosting Bucknell, is two points behind the Bison in the Patriot League standings.
• Colgate has scored 13 goals on the season, nearly half of them coming in the last two games. Uyi Omorogbe has a team-high three goals, while Jared Stroud has a goal and six assists.
• Peter Tappenden has started 11 of the team's 12 games in goal and has 48 saves with 18 goals against. He has posted three shutouts, coming in succession against Northwestern, Princeton and Oregon State, all at home.
• Colgate has a 26-10-7 lead in a series that dates back to 1963. The Raiders are 3-0-1 in the last four meetings dating back to Bucknell's last win in 2012.
• Last year's game in Hamilton was a crazy one. The Bison found themselves down 3-0 at halftime, but Sebastiaan Blickman scored three second half goals, the last coming in the 83rd minute, to force overtime. But Omorogbe spoiled the Blickmaan hat trick by scoring 4:54 into overtime to give Colgate the 4-3 win.
• Bucknell has its final non-league game of the regular season next Tuesday against Binghamton.