What: #6 Bucknell Bison (9-7, 4-5 PL) at #3 Lehigh Mountain Hawks (11-5, 6-3 PL) in Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals
Where: Ulrich Sports Complex, Bethlehem, Pa.
When: Tuesday, May 2, 7 p.m.
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: LehighSports.com
-- Bucknell and Lehigh square off for the second time in five days, this one coming in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal round. The Bison are seeded sixth after finishing the conference slate 4-5, while the Mountain Hawks are the No. 3 seed after going 6-3 in PL play. Lehigh won Friday's regular-season finale 12-4 at Graham Field, breaking open a 3-3 game with a 9-0 run. After a six-year absence, the Bison returned to the postseason last year, and now they are back in the Patriot League Tournament for the second year in a row. Bucknell is seeking its first-ever championship. The Bison have reached the Patriot League final once, that coming in coach Randall Swope's debut season in 2003.
-- Bucknell was one of the most improved teams in the country in 2016, going from 2-15 the prior year to 10-8 last season. The Bison have continued that solid play in 2017, finishing the regular season 9-7 and qualifying for the Patriot League Tournament for the second year in a row.
-- Bucknell enters the postseason on a three-game losing streak, but the losses came against Loyola, Navy and Lehigh, which are the top three seeds in the Patriot League Tournament.
-- Bucknell has been much-improved defensively this season, holding opponents to 10 goals or fewer nine times. The Bison are 8-1 in those games and 1-6 when allowing 11 or more goals.
-- The defense is led by a pair of seniors in Lucia Smircich and Annie Gilbertson. Both have been All-Patriot League picks in their careers. Gilbertson and Lehigh's Julianne D'Orazio are tied for the Patriot League lead with 32 caused turnovers. Gilbertson set a school record with eight CTs in a win over Wagner on Feb. 25.
-- Bucknell ranks second in the Patriot League to Navy and 29th nationally out of 111 teams in scoring defense, allowing 9.93 goals per game. Last week the Bison held Navy, the fifth-highest scoring team in the country at nearly 16 goals per game, to a season low seven in a 7-4 loss.
-- Led by Maddy Molinari, Bucknell has been excellent on draw controls this season. The Bison have claimed 56.5% (191 of 338) of the draws on the season. Molinari is averaging 5.0 DCs per game, second-most in the Patriot League and 21st-most in the nation. Molinari enters Tuesday's game with 80 draw controls, four shy of the Bucknell single-season record. The Bison dominated in that area against Loyola last week, winning 17 of 24, but Lehigh got the better of the Bison (13 of 18) when the two teams met last Friday.
-- Christina Manis (34) and Audrey Walsh (19) have combined for 53 assists, accounting for 55.8% of the team's assist total. The duo has assisted on 35.1% of the team's goals scored this season. Manis's 2.27 assists per game rank third in the Patriot League and 22nd nationally. Earlier this season she broke the Bucknell career assists record, and she is two shy of the Bucknell single-season record.
-- Senior Courtney Burke is having her most productive season with 16 goals and four assists. Burke had four career goals entering the year. She logged her first career hat trick in the Loyola game.
-- As a team, Bucknell leads the Patriot League and ranks eighth nationally with 7.2 assists per game. The Bison also lead the conference in shooting percentage (.443) by a wide margin. Navy is next at .416.
-- Lehigh brings an 11-5 overall record into Tuesday's game. The Mountain Hawks tied for third place with Boston University in the regular season and secured the No. 3 seed based on their head-to-head win over the Terriers.
-- Lehigh has three 30-goal scorers on the season in Allison LaBeau (37), Julianne D'Orazio (34), and Haley Wentzel (33). LaBeau is also second in the conference with 4` assists and 78 points.
-- D'Orazio leads the team with 46 ground balls and 32 caused turnovers. She leads the league in ground balls and is tied for the league lead with Bucknell's Gilbertson in caused turnovers.
-- Taylor Tvedt has started all 16 games in net this season making 140 saves for a .483 save percentage. She had 11 stops against Bucknell on Friday.
-- The Mountain Hawks lead the Patriot League with 194 caused turnovers (12.1 per game).
Series History with Lehigh
-- Bucknell is 11-29 all-time against Lehigh dating back to 1978, which was Bucknell's first varsity season. This will be the first postseason meeting between the two teams.
-- 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 eight in a row going back to 2010, including Friday's 12-4 win at Graham Field.
-- 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.
-- A win Tuesday in Bethlehem would send the Bison on to the Patriot League Tournament semifinals, where they would take on host and top-seed Loyola on Friday.