Setting the Scene
What: #3 Bucknell (10-9) at #1 Boston University (12-7) | Patriot League Championship
When: Sunday, Nov. 5 | Noon
Where: New Balance Field (Boston, Mass.)
Watch Live: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: GoTerriers.com
How They Got Here
• Bucknell earned the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament after going 9-9 overall and 3-3 in the conference during the regular season. The Bison then went on to beat second-seeded American 2-1 in a shootout in the semifinal round thanks to 11 saves and three penalty stroke stops in the shootout by senior goalie Emily Finn. With the Bison trailing 1-0, junior Nicole Rupnik tied the game with 13:10 to play. In the shootout, Chloe Poltonavage, M.C. Evans, and Kaelyn Long all converted their shots to clinch the win.
• Boston University went 11-7 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Patriot League to win the regular season title and hosting rights for the four-team Patriot League Tournament. In their semifinal game, the Terriers shut out fourth-seeded Holy Cross, 4-0. All four goals were scored in the first half. Two came from Grace Boston, while Kiley Gallagher and Maika Akroyd had one goal apiece. The Terriers allowed just one shot on goal in the win.
Bucknell-Boston University Series History
• Boston University leads 9-1 in a series that began in 2011.
• Six of the 10 games in the series have been decided by just one goal.
• Bucknell’s win in the series came during its perfect run through the conference during the 2014 season. The Bison won that game 5-2. Current Bison senior Stephanie Dressler had an assist in that game.
Bucknell-Boston University in the Patriot League Tournament
• Bucknell and Boston University have played in each of the past four Patriot League Tournaments.
• The Terriers won all four games by one goal, winning the title game in Lewisburg in 2014, and semifinal games in 2013, 2015, and 2016.
• In each of the past two seasons the Bison were playing a nationally-ranked Terriers team on their home field and nearly pulled off the upset both times.
What’s at Stake
• The winner of Sunday’s game will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Bucknell is looking for its first title. This is the Bison’s seventh appearance in the title game. Four of those have come during head coach Jeremy Cook’s 10 seasons with the team.