Setting the Scene
What: Bucknell Bison (1-0, 0-0 PL) at Villanova Wildcats (0-0, 0-0 Big East)
Where: Goodreau Field (Villanova, Pa.)
When: Saturday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m.
Live Stats: Villanova.com
Watch Live: Villanova.com
-- Bucknell is coming off an 11-10 victory over Robert Morris in its season opener last weekend. Bucknell scored 10 of its 11 goals in the first half.
-- With the win, the Bison earned their 200th all-time victory in program history.
-- Nine different player scored against the Colonials in the season opener. Christina Manis and Sarah Galzerano netted two goals apiece, and Audrey Walsh led all Bison with five assists and six points.
-- Jamie DeWitt earned the win in net, making 12 saves on the day. She is up to 11 career wins after totaling 10 during her freshman season.
-- The Bison have now won five of their past seven contests at Graham Field.
-- Bucknell last year reached double figures in victories for the third time in program history and qualified for the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2009. The Bison return seven regular starters, the team’s top two point scorers, two All-Patriot League defenders and last year’s starting goalie from a squad that posted an eight-win improvement from the previous season.
-- Seniors Annie Gilbertson, Maddy Molinari and Lucia Smircich, as well as juniors Mary Margaret Kenney and Eve Lukowski, were recently named team captains. Gilbertson, Molinari and Smircich are second-year captains.
-- Head coach Randall Swope is just four victories shy of tying Barb Jordan’s program record for wins by a coach.
-- This will be the first game of the season for Villanova. The Wildcats were 4-13 overall and 2-5 in Big East play last spring.
-- Villanova fell 12-9 to Patriot League opponent Navy during its non-conference schedule last season.
-- The Wildcats lost seven of their full-time starters from last year’s team, including their top four goal scorers.
-- Devin Hassinger and Carolyn Dottino-Buenahora return for Villanova after posting a total of 26 points in 24 combined starts.
Series History with Villanova
-- Bucknell is 5-13 all-time against Villanova, dating back to 1989.
-- The Wildcats have won the past three meetings. Those three contests have all come in the past three seasons, including last year’s 12-8 verdict at Graham Field.
-- Bucknell’s average margin of victory in its five wins against Villanova is 5.8 goals.
-- Bucknell will return home next weekend for a matchup with Hofstra on Saturday at 3 p.m. This will be the first meeting between the two teams since 1995.