2023 Schedule Breakdown: Bucknell Bison

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The Bucknell Bison are the 61st DI program in the 2023 schedule breakdown series. The Bison are coming off a 2022 campaign in which they went 9-6 overall and 3-5 in Patriot League play. Bucknell saw its season end with a loss to Loyola in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

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10 ‘Under The Radar’ Players To Watch In 2023

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Every season there are teams that make serious noise, grab a big win, or play spoiler in their respective conference despite not getting much, if any, preseason press at all.

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Patriot League Quarterfinals: Lindsey Leads Loyola Past Bucknell, Lehigh Turns in Complete Performance Against Navy

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Davis Lindsey got separation down the left side alley and found Aidan Olmstead on the backside pipe. Just over a minute later, Lindsey took it from behind and hit Adam Poitras for a one-timer on the doorstep. Less than a minute after that score, he dodged down the left side once-more and found Dan Wigley on the backside.

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Tuesday Recap: Bucknell Holds off Penn State, Rutgers Gets Back in The Win Column

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With 2.3 seconds remaining, Reid Delanois deflected a Penn State pass to end any last-second effort the Nittany Lions may have had in them and securing the 12-11 Bucknell victory.

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2022 Schedule Preview: Bucknell Bison

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The Bucknell Bison are the 19th DI program and second in the Patriot League to announce their 2022 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Bison are coming off a 2021 campaign in which they went 2-6 overall (1-5 Patriot League). They missed the Patriot League conference tournament.

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2021 Schedule Preview: Bucknell Bison

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While it has taken a bit longer for teams and conference to get their schedules together for the 2021 season due to the Coronavirus outbreak and various restrictions surrounding the virus, Schedule release schedule has finally begun!

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Will Yorke’s Second Half Explosion Leads Bucknell Past Bryant in Home Opener

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In a Sunday afternoon contest the Bucknell Bison got a win over the Bryant Bulldogs in their home opener. 

Junior attackman Will Yorke led the Bison with 5 goals in the win. Reed Malas and Matthew Barkauskas carried the rest of the load on offense with 2 goals each. The lack of depth in scoring didn’t seem to matter too much as there were plenty of assist as well. Christian Klipstein was able to make 13 saves as he anchored the Bison defense in goal. 

Bryant was led by Marc O’Rourke as he tallied 3 goals to lead the Bulldogs offense. Mason Balch had 2 goals and Zach Coffey tallied just 1 goal to also help the Bryant offense. In goal Luke Caracciolo made 16 saves to help that defense. 

Just 65 seconds into the game Matthew Barkauskas stung a transition goal to put Bucknell up 1-0 early. The rest of the first quarter was filled with defensive stands, turnovers, and shot clock violations. However, after a push call on Bucknell with just 2:53 in the first Bryant would get on the board with a man-up goal coming from Mason Balch. That goal tied it up at 1-1 heading into the second. 

The second quarter saw much more action, offensively speaking. Bucknell got the quarter started off with two early goals coming from Matthew Barkauskas and Reed Malas. Bryant started to find themselves offensively as they went on a two goal run within a minute late in the second. Mason Balch and Marc O’Rourke scored during that run for Bryant.

Coming out of halftime with it tied 3-3 Bucknell was searching for more as the Bison, and Will Yorke in particular caught fire in the third. 

After a slow start to the third Will Yorke went on a three goal run all by himself late in the third to give Bucknell a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth. This run was a huge boost for Bucknell and really helped propel them to victory.

Early in the fourth Bucknell extended their lead with another goal from Will Yorke, his fourth in a row. Bryant was able to answer just a few minutes later with a goal from Mac O’Rourke to stop the bleeding. 

Bryant scored twice more as did Bucknell to end the game. The Bison just had too much momentum on their side for Bryant to force any kind of comeback. Bucknell also dominated possession which helped them out a ton in this win. 

Both teams will be in action on Saturday February 16th as Bucknell takes Richmond in a home contest and Bryant has their home opener against Providence in an Ocean State Cup game.