Setting the Scene
What: Lehigh Mountain Hawks (10-5, 5-3 PL) at Bucknell Bison (9-6, 4-4 PL)
Graham Field (Lewisburg, Pa.)
When: Friday, April 28, 6 p.m.
Live Video: Patriot League Network
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About Bucknell
-- Bucknell will close its regular season schedule and look to improve its Patriot League Tournament seeding when it hosts Lehigh on Friday night at 6 p.m. It will also be Senior Night at Graham Field, with eight Bison seniors recognized prior to the game: Courtney Burke, Elizabeth Duswalt, Annie Gilbertson, Becca Golding, Christina Manis, Maddy Molinari, Bridget Shaffrey and Lucia Smircich.

-- Bucknell enters the final weekend in sixth place at 4-4, but is just one game behind Boston University, Lafayette and Lehigh. The Bison could move into a tie for third with a win and some help, but based on tiebreakers the highest Bucknell can be seeded would be fifth. With a win, Bucknell would secure a No. 5 seed and travel play either Lafayette or Lehigh in a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal matchup. With a loss, Bucknell would be the No. 6 seed and face No. 3 Lehigh again on Tuesday night.

-- The Bison are currently on a two-game losing streak, though both losses came on the road against the top two teams in the conference. Loyola defeated the Bison 15-8 while Navy earned a 7-4 victory over the Bison last week.

-- With a victory over Lehigh, Bucknell would post its best overall record since it went 10-5 in 1998, in addition to earning its most wins ever in the Patriot League with five.

-- The Bison are 4-3 at home this season, picking up victories over Robert Morris, Wagner, Manhattan, and Colgate.

-- Offensively, Bucknell ranks second in the Patriot League with a .440 shooting percentage. The defense has held opponents to just 9.9 goals per game, the second-best mark in the league. Last week, the Bison limited high-powered Navy to a season-low seven goals. The Mids came in ranked fifth nationally at 15.9 goals per game. 

-- The Bison have three players with more than 40 points on the season – Audrey Walsh (26 goals, 19 assists, 45 points), Manis (11 goals, 33 assists, 44 points), and Molinari (35 goals, 6 assists, 41 points), Manis ranks third in the Patriot League in assists per game.

-- After scoring two goals through her first seven games, Golding has now scored six goals over her past three contests.

-- Gilbertson and Katherine Doyle lead the team with 32 ground balls each.

-- Gilbertson has also recorded 29 caused turnovers on the season, which is second most in the conference. Four other Bison have caused more than 15 turnovers on the year – Molinari, Erika Stube, Smircich, and Callie DeWitt.

-- Molinari has 77 draw controls on the season, which is second-most in the Patriot League.

-- Goalkeeper Jamie DeWitt ranks second in the Patriot League in goals against average (9.84) and fourth in save percentage (.439).

Milestone Watch

-- Molinari is three goals away from entering the top 10 for goals in a single season in program history, and she currently sits eighth for career goals. Her 155 career points rank her seventh all-time.

-- Manis is three assists away from tieing the all-time single-season record for assists (36), set by Carol Donohue in 2008. Manis set the school record for career assists earlier in the season. Her 154 career points rank her eighth all-time.

-- Smircich's 103 ground balls rank her ninth for a career. Gilbertson and Smircich are fourth and fifth respectively in career caused turnovers with 76 and 75, and Gilbertson's 29 caused turnovers this year rank fifth for a single season.

-- Molinari's 77 draw controls on the season are third most in program history for a single season, and her 115 career draw controls are sixth most for a Bison. She needs eight more to break the single-season record, set by Gretchen Richter in 2015.

Scouting Lehigh
-- Lehigh brings a 10-5 overall record and 5-3 mark in the Patriot League to the regular season finale. Lehigh will be able to secure the third seed and home field for the quarterfinal round with a victory, but would drop to sixth with a loss.

-- The Mountain Hawks have dropped two of their last three and most recently were upset by Colgate 13-8 last Saturday.

-- Lehigh will be looking to win six Patriot League contests for the second consecutive season.

-- Lehigh has three 30-goal scorers on the season in Allison LaBeau (34), Julianne D'Orazio (34), and Haley Wentzel (33). LaBeau is also second in the conference with 39 assists and 73 points.

-- D'Orazio leads the team with 44 ground balls, 33 draw controls, and 31 caused turnovers. The 44 ground balls and 31 caused turnovers both rank first in the Patriot League.

-- Taylor Tvedt has started all 15 games in net this season making 129 saves for a .469 save percentage.

-- The Mountain Hawks lead the Patriot League with 183 caused turnovers and an 87.5% success rate on clears.

-- Lehigh is second in the conference in both save percentage (.464) and fewest turnovers per game (16.5).

Series History with Lehigh
-- Bucknell is 11-28 all-time against Lehigh, dating back to 1978.

-- The series has featured plenty of winning streaks for both teams. Lehigh won the first 19 games in the series, followed directly by an eight-game winning streak for the Bison. Currently, the Mountain Hawks have won seven in a row going back to 2010.

-- Last year, the Mountain Hawks defeated the Bison 12-11. Bucknell recovered after Lehigh jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but could not pull out the comeback in the final minutes. Manis scored three goals and added one assist, while Eve Lukowski had a two-goal, five-assist performance.

Up Next
-- Bucknell will travel to either Lehigh or Lafayette for its quarterfinal match on Tuesday, May 2.