Setting the Scene, Part 1
When: Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m.  
What: 
Binghamton (4-6-3, 1-1-2 America East) at Bucknell (4-6-3, 2-3-0 PL)
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com

Setting the Scene, Part 2
When: Saturday, Oct. 21, 5 p.m.  
What: 
Army West Point (8-4-1, 2-2-1 PL) at Bucknell (4-6-3, 2-3-0 PL)
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
 
Live Video: Patriot League Network

About the Bison 
• Coming off a tough 2-1 loss at Colgate on Saturday, the Bison will be happy to be back at the friendly confines of Emmitt Field, where they are 4-1 this season. Bucknell hosts Binghamton in a non-conference game on Tuesday before returning to Patriot League play against Army West Point on Saturday.  

• The Bison remain on six points and now sit in a tie for seventh place with American in the Patriot League standings, but they are just one point out of a three-way tie for fourth place between Army, Colgate and Holy Cross, all with seven points at 2-2-1. The top six teams qualify for the Patriot League Tournament, and Bucknell can jump back into playoff position with a win over the Black Knights on Saturday. 

• Saturday's loss at Colgate was a heartbreaker. The Bison notched a well-deserved goal from Nick King in the 78th minute to take a 1-0 lead. But a harsh penalty was called less than a minute later, allowing Colgate to draw even, and then less than a minute after that Freddy Jonsson scored to put the Raiders ahead. 

• Bucknell's Patriot League wins have come against American (2-1) and preseason favorite Loyola (1-0 OT) at Emmitt Field. All three losses were also decided by one goal, coming on the road against Lafayette (1-0), Holy Cross (2-1) and Colgate (2-1). 

• Eleven of Bucknell's 13 games this season have either been decided by one goal or a draw. The only exceptions were a 3-0 loss at Stetson and a 2-0 win over Duquesne back in early September. That is nothing new for this group. Last year, 17 of the team's 21 games were either ties or one-goal margins.  

• King's goal against Colgate was his team-leading fourth of the season. He is now tied for sixth in the Patriot League in goals this season. King also has a team-high 10 points with a pair of assists accompanying his four goals. Bernie Wright has three goals and an assist for seven points, while Matt Thorsheim also has seven points on two goals and three assists. 

• Goalkeeper Ryan Ott has an .824 save percentage and a 0.96 goals-against average with four clean sheets, the last of which came in a 0-0 draw at Howard last Tuesday. He leads the Patriot League in save percentage and ranks No. 2 in saves per game (4.67) 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 .531 winning percentage is No. 1 in program history. He has guided the Bison to four Patriot League titles in the last 11 years. 

Scouting Binghamton/Series History
• The Bearcats are 1-1-1 in their last three games, but the loss (2-1 at No. 23 New Hampshire) and the draw (1-1 vs. No. 16 UMBC) have come against a pair of nationally ranked teams out of the quality America East conference. Including a 1-0 win over Hartford and a scoreless draw with Stony Brook, Binghamton has played four straight overtime games and six on the season. 

• Binghamton has been productive offensively this season, scoring 21 goals in 13 games while being shut out only three times. Nikos Psarras has a team-high six goals, while Noah Luescher has 10 points from three goals and four assists. Jack Muller scored the OT goal at Hartford last week and was named America East Rookie of the Week. 

• Bucknell is 4-6-2 all-time against Binghamton in a series that dates back to 2001. The Bearcats are 4-0-1 in the last five meetings, including a 1-0 verdict at Binghamton last season. Ben Ovetsky finished a through ball from Psarros for the only goal in last year's clash.

Scouting Army/Series History
• The Black Knights are enjoying a strong season at 8-4-1 overall, and they sit in that three-way tie for fourth place at 2-2-1 in the Patriot League. In PL action, Army has beaten Colgate and Lafayette, lost to Lehigh and Lafayette, and played arch-rival Navy to a scoreless tie this past Saturday in Chester, Pa.

• Army is the top defensive team in the Patriot League, with only eight goals against in 13 games. The next fewest allowed is 15 by Bucknell and Loyola. Justin Stoll has seen every minute in goal and has a 0.59 goals-against average. Sophomore Zac McGraw was picked as the Patriot League Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. 

• The Black Knights also have a pair of top-flight young scorers in sophomores Rex Epps (6G, 4A, 16P) and Keenan O'Shea (5G, 4A, 14P). Army has 17 goals on the season and has been blanked only three times. 

• Bucknell is 16-20 all-time against Army. Army went 8-0 between 1931-43, and Bucknell is 16-12 since the series resumed in 1990 with the formation of the Patriot League. The Bison have won three straight and 14 of the last 18. In each of the last two seasons, Bucknell prevailed in the regular-season finale to clinch playoff berths. 

• Last season, Sebastiaan Blickman scored 22 seconds into the match -- the second-fastest goal to start a game in school history -- and Patrick Mahoney added another to send the Bison to a 2-1 win at West Point. Peter Meyer scored for Army in the 82nd minute to cut into a 2-0 deficit. In the last meeting at Emmitt Field in 2015, Bucknell won 4-0 on Senior Day.

Up Next 
• After the two home games this week, the Bison travel to Lehigh on Wednesday, Oct. 25.