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Leopards Entertain Bucknell in Patriot League Action

March 15, 2013

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Game Preview
The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team returns to College Hill to continue Patriot League play. The Leopards will host Bucknell at 7 p.m. inside Fisher Stadium as the nightcap of a double header with the women’s lacrosse team. The men’s game will be available live on The women will take on Delaware starting at 4 p.m. The Leopards come into the game 2-5 overall with wins over Georgetown and Wagner.

Scouting Bucknell
The Bison were picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll after finishing last season 9-7 overall and 3-3 in league play. Bucknell (5-1) is currently ranked 18th in the Nike Division I Top 20 Poll with wins over Delaware, Navy and No. 13/14 Drexel. The Bison are led by sophomore midfielder David Dickson, who leads the team in assists (17) and points (19). Freshman midfielder Thomas Flibotte has a team-high 16 goals, while a pair of attackers, senior Chase Bailey and junior Todd Heritage have 12 and 13 goals respectively. Freshman long-stick midfielder Alex Spring anchors the Bison defensive unit scooping up 28 ground balls and causing ten turnovers. Junior Jackson Place leads the team in caused turnovers (12) and has picked up 13 ground balls. Senior goalie Kyle Fenney has started all six games, posting a 5-1 record while making 54 saves, and is second in the Patriot League with a 6.59 goals against average.

Coaching Matchup
The Leopards are coached by first-year man Jim Rogalski, who spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Rogalski put together back-to-back winning seasons with an overall record of 18-15. The Bison are coached by Frank Fedorjaka, who holds a 72-41 record with Bucknell.

All-Time Series
The Bison are 39-7 against the Leopards, with Lafayette’s last win coming in Lewisburg in 2010.

Leopards' Attack
Sophomore Sonny Round leads the Lafayette attack with 17 goals, putting him fifth in the Patriot League in goals and goals per game (2.43). Sophomore Brian Bock is fifth in the League and second on the team with 16 goals and leads the Leopards and is fourth in the Patriot League in assists (11). Bock’s 27 points are fifth in the League. Freshman Kevin Wanke is third on the team in goals (12) and points (16).

Picking It Up
Senior captain Anthony Zawadzki ranks first in the Patriot League in faceoff percentage (58.6). Senior Greg Rau leads the Leopards and sits third in the Patriot League in ground balls with 31, while winning 50 percent of his faceoff attempts. Junior defender Matt Evans is second on the team in ground balls with 22, followed by junior goalkeeper Jake Hyatt with 21. Senior defender Geoff Stearns leads the Leopards in caused turnovers with 14, while picking up 16 ground balls.

Between the Pipes
Hyatt, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, has been stellar so far for the Leopards, making 16 saves in three different contests (at Georgetown, at Wagner, vs Marist) and at least ten saves in every game. The junior leads the Patriot League in saves per game (13.86) and ranks fourth in save percentage (.579) and goals against average (10.41).

Tough Schedule
Lafayette will face two teams ranked in the Nike Division I Top 20 Poll, both from the Patriot League in Lehigh (15), and Bucknell (18), as well as Colgate who was ranked early in the season and continues to receive votes. Additionally, Colgate and Lehigh, along with non-conference opponent Stony Brook, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament last spring. Stony Brook and Marist, who are both receiving votes in the latest Nike Divison I Top 20 Poll, beat the Leopards, while Lafayette defeated a Georgetown team in their season opener that is also receiving votes. Lafayette will host Bucknell on March 16 and Colgate on April 13. The Leopards match up with Lehigh in the regular-season finale in Bethlehem on April 20.

Around the Patriot League
Three teams were in action on Tuesday with No. 18 defeating No. 13/14 Drexel, 17-8, Colgate handling Binghamton, 12-5, and Towson edging Navy, 8-7. On Saturday No. 16/15 Lehigh will visit Army, while Sunday games include Navy taking on Holy Cross and Colgate squaring off against Michigan.

What's Next?
The Leopards will continue Patriot League on the road March 23, when they visit Army in West Point, N.Y.