The Bucknell Bison will welcome the Bryant Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon as these two teams know each other very well, and they both look to get a win in what should be a pretty good Sunday afternoon matchup.
Bucknell will be searching for their first win of the season after taking an 11-6 loss at Maryland just a week ago. The Bison will be looking to get their first win of the season with this ‘new look’ offense of sorts. They were able to find momentum late in the game against Maryland, now they need to get that going all game.
Senior midfielders Reed Malas and Ryan Durkin look to get back out and lead this Bison offense against Bryant on Sunday. The two senior midfielders each had 2 points against Maryland, Malas tallied 2 goals while Durkin had 1 goal and 1 assist. Their offense looks to keep improving after losing the majority of their point scoring from a year ago.
On the defensive side of the ball Alston Tarry, Tommy Spoko, and others look to step up and be much improved from what they were a week ago. This defense needs to be able to hold Bryant and not let them get off to a hot start if they want to have any chance at winning this game. In goal senior goalie Christian Klipstein looks to build off of a pretty good performance to open the season with 10 saves.
Bryant is coming into their first game of the 2019 season as they look to get things started off on a high note. The Bulldogs are a little bit of a younger squad, but head coach Mike Pressler always has the boys ready to play.
Offensively the Bulldogs will be looking for sophomore attackman Marc O’rourke to lead the way as was their top point scorer last season. Sophomore attackman Jake Buonaiuto and junior midfielder Trevor Weingarten are also two guys that Bryant will be looking for to contribute in this game, as well as throughout the season.
The Bulldogs return a strong goalie in senior Kevin Beimfohr who stopped 101 shots last season with a 48% save percentage. He looks to anchor this defense and get things started off on a high not in this season opening contest. Out in front of Beinfohr the Bulldogs have a younger core with juniors Zach Coffey and Jake Fiske looking to lead the way.
With the matchups this game presents and the talent on both sides of the ball this one could very much be a defensive battle or an offensive shootout. But judging by these two squads past contest it looks like this will be a good one either way. Bryant has won the past four contest by no more than two goals.