Setting the Scene
What: Boston University (2-4, 0-0 PL) at Bucknell (5-2, 0-0 PL)
Where: Graham Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
When: Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Watch Live: Patriot League Network
-- After posting a 5-2 record in non-conference play, Bucknell will have nothing but Patriot League competition the rest of the way, starting Sunday at home against Boston University. This is a rematch of last year's Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game, won by the Terriers 18-8 in Boston.
-- Bucknell has been idle since last Sunday, when it fell 11-7 to a strong Temple squad. The loss snapped Bucknell's three-game winning streak. The Bison trailed the Owls 9-7 late in the contest, but Temple netted insurance goals in the final minutes.
-- Despite the loss at Temple, it was a milestone day for senior attacker Christina Manis, who broke the school record for career assists. With her 79 career assists, Manis surpassed the previous record of 78, set by Carol Donohue from 2007-10.
-- Manis broke the record with her career-high sixth assist of the game. The bulk of Manis' distribution went to Audrey Walsh, who scored four goals, and Maddy Molinari, who tallied three times to account for all seven Bison scores against the Owls
-- Bison head coach Randall Swope has tied Barb Jordan’s program record for wins by a coach with 47.
-- Manis has six goals and a Patriot League-high 20 assists for a team-high 26 points on the season. Manis also ranks seventh in the PL in total points. Walsh (12-11-23) ranks fifth in the league with her 11 assists. Maddy Molinari (17-2-19) is the team's top goal-scorer, and she ranks ninth in the league in goals per game (2.43). Eve Lukowski (10-7-17) and Sarah Galzerano (11-5-16) are also top scorers for the Bison.
-- Defensively, Annie Gilbertson ranks second in the league with 18 caused turnovers. Molinari is second in draw controls with 38, one fewer than Navy's Julia Collins entering the weekend. Goalie Jamie DeWitt ranks second in the PL in goals-against average at 9.16.
-- Among the NCAA leaders, Manis ranks fifth in assists; Gilbertson is ninth in caused turnovers; Molinari is 17th in draw controls; and DeWitt is 20th in GAA. As a team, Bucknell ranks fifth nationally in assists per game (7.6), and the Bison are 19th in scoring defense (9.29).
-- Bucknell has been excellent in the draw circle this year, winning 86 of 148 (.581).
-- The Bison lead the Patriot League in shooting percentage (.461).
Scouting Boston University
-- The Terriers are 2-4 on the season after Wednesday's 10-9 overtime win over Fairfield. That snapped a three-game losing streak at the hands of No. 4. USC, San Diego State and Dartmouth. Boston University also has a victory over UMass-Lowell.
-- Kailey Conry (3-11-14) leads the team in points. She had the game-winning goal against Fairfield earlier in the week. Elisabeth Jayne (11-2-13), Avery Donahoe (8-4-12) and Taylor Hardison (2-9-11) are other top point-producers.
-- Goalie Caroline Meegan has a .497 save percentage and a 13.58 goals-against average. She Her 11.8 saves per game rank second in the nation.
-- Boston University was picked fourth in the Patriot League preseason poll, behind Loyola, Navy and Lehigh.
Series History with Boston University
-- Bucknell is 1-4 all-time against the Terriers. The lone win came in 1996, a 12-8 verdict in Boston.
-- The Terriers have won all four meetings since joining the Patriot League in 2014, including two last season. Boston University won 18-8 in the regular season and 17-7 in the Patriot League Tournament, with both of those games coming in Boston. In 2014 and 2015, the Terriers prevailed by identical 11-9 scores.
-- After hosting Boston University on Sunday, the Bison will head to West Point for the first time next Saturday at noon.