Mount St. Mary's comes into the weekend at 3-6 overall and 1-2 in NEC play through the opening nine games. The Mountaineers opened league play with a 6-5 victory over Bryant in mid-march, but dropped contests to Robert Morris (11-10 OT) and Sacred Heart (13-5), sandwiched around a non-conference victory over VMI (14-8), as they are 2-2 in their last four contests.
The Mount is averaging 8.56 goals per contest, led by attackers Chris DiPretoro (20g, 5a) and Bubba Johnson (13g, 6a), along with midfielder Jack Mangan (10g, 8a). Junior goalie Matt Vierheller owns a .503 save percentage and 11.11 goals against average in nine starts between the pipes.
Goals: Chris DiPretoro (20), Bubba Johnson (13), Jack Mangan (10)
Assists: Mangan (8), Johnson (6), Brenden McCarthy (6)
Points: DiPretoro (25), Johnson (19), Mangan (18)
Ground Balls: Mangan (23), Matt Vierheller (20), Tommy Lyons (17)
Caused Turnovers: Daniel Barber (9), Kevin Verkler (6), Lyons (5)
Faceoffs Won: Shawn Raum (50-131), Shawn Milione (21-56), Lyons (1-9)
Save Percentage: Vierheller (50.3), Cameron Carpenter (44.4)
The Bison own a 4-6 overall record and 2-4 mark in Patriot League play. They split their two most recent contests, falling in double overtime to Loyola (9-8) before topping Army (11-10) last time out. As a team, the Bison are averaging 9.90 goals per game while allowing 11 goals against to opponents. Bucknell's offense is driven by Junior Will Sands, who leads the team in assists (38) and points (53), and ranks third in goals (15). Christian Klipstein, who has started all 10 games in goal, has posted a .524 save percentage and 10.76 goals against average.
The Mountaineers and Bison will meet for the 18th time in series history on Saturday with Bucknell holding a 15-2 advantage. The teams have faced off in each of the past four seasons, as the Mount won the matchups in 2013 (12-11) and 2015 (12-11), and Bucknell came out victorious in 2014 (16-6) and 2016 (15-10).
After their matchup against Bucknell, the Mountaineers go back on the road, traveling to Staten Island to face off against NEC opponent Wagner.