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Facing Off: The Villanova Wildcats (3-4) will face the Bucknell Bison (3-4) a week after the game was originally scheduled inside Villanova Stadium. This game was postponed due to weather and will now faceoff at 4 P.M. this Tuesday, March 21, 2017.
Series History: Villanova holds the all-time series record at 8-6 over the Bison. The Wildcats came out victorious in the last meeting on March 15, 2016 in Lewisburg by a final of 12-8. Villanova defeated Bucknell in 2012 in overtime and fell in 2011 by a final of 10-8. The first meeting between the two schools happened on April 6, 1985 and went into triple overtime before the Bison netted the final goal to defeat the Wildcats 10-9.
A Look at Villanova: The Wildcats defeated No. 4 Maryland in overtime by a final of 13-12 for earn their first win ever against the Terrapins. The Wildcats are a perfect 3-0 on the road this season and are still looking for their first win inside Villanova Stadium.
Villanova’s Offense: Danny Seibel netted the game winning goal for the Wildcats on a pass from Jake Froccaro with just 33 seconds left in the first overtime. Seibel now has 14 goals on the season while Jake Froccaro has six assists and 15 goals. Jack Curran is leading the Villanova offense playing both attack and midfield; he has a team high 28 points on 18 goals and 10 assists. Christian Cuccinello has found the back of the net 14 times and assisted with a team high 11 goals. Devin McNamara is the sixth Wildcats with double digit points, he as 13 on four goals and nine assists.
Villanova’s Defense: Taking faceoffs now for the Wildcats have been Jake Froccaro and Connor Kirst. Frocccaro is 47-for-79 (.595) while Kirst is 35-for-63 (.555). Froccaro leads the team with 49 ground balls while defensive midfielder TJ Comizo has 18. Freshman defensemen Patrick Kennedy has a team high seven caused turnovers and seven ground balls while Comizo, Danny Seibel, and Kurtis Naslonski all have six caused turnovers. Splitting time in goal this season has been Nick Testa and Dan Willis. Testa, who is the first half starter for the Cats has a .338 save percentage and 13.98 goals against average. Willis who started the first game of the season and since has played as the second half goalie for Villanova has a .405 save percentage and 13.78 goals against average.
A Look at Bucknell: The Bison’s just defeated No. 15 Boston University to pick up their first conference win of the season by a final of 12-6. Bucknell is 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Patriot League.
Bucknell’s Offense: Junior Will Sands has a team best 35 points, second best in the conference he averages 3.29 assists per game and has a team best 23. Attackman Sean O’Brein leads the Bison with 21 goals this season and averages 3.00 a game which is second best in the Patriot League. Both Connor O’Hara and Reed Malas have 18 points, O’Hara has 17 goals and one assist while Malas has 10 goals and eight assists.
Bucknell’s Defense: Facing off for the Bison will be Jarett Witzal he has gone 80-of-147 (.544) and collected a team best 38 ground balls. Longstick midfielder, Matt Gillray has a team best eight caused turnovers and 27 ground balls while Brad Dotson has collected 17 ground balls. In goal will be Christian Kilpstein, he as a .510 save percentage and 10.91 goals against average.
The Last Meeting: Last season Villanova traveled to Bucknell for a Tuesday matchup, Devin McNamara completed a hat trick in the first quarter and helped lift the Wildcats over the Bison’s by a final of 12-8. Both Curran and Cuccinello had a goal and three assists while Joey Froccaro scored twice and his brother Jake had one goal. Dan Willis played all 60 minutes in goal and finished with 11 saves. Luke Palmadesso won 13-of-23 (.565) faceoffs and had four ground balls.