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No. 16 BU Set to Face Bucknell Saturday

March 18, 2016

#18/19 Men’s Lacrosse (5-1, 1-0 PL) vs. Colgate (3-2, 1-1 PL)
Date Saturday, March 19 (1 p.m.)
Venue Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium (Lewisburg, Pa.)
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The No. 16 Boston University men’s lacrosse team will begin a three-game road stretch on Saturday when the Terriers take on Bucknell. Game time is set for 1 p.m.

BU enters the weekend at 6-1 and can improve to 3-0 in the Patriot League with a win against Bucknell (4-3, 1-2 PL). If the Terriers earn a fourth straight win, they will have won seven games for the first time in the program’s three-year history. BU is unbeaten in its two road games this season and most recently went wire-to-wire in an 11-6 home win over Colgate on March 12.

Junior Sam Talkow was added to the Tewaaraton Watch List on Thursday, becoming the first player in program history to earn that honor. He has won 69.7 percent of the faceoffs he has taken this season, which ranks fourth in the nation. Talkow has enjoyed plenty of success against Bucknell, having won 32 of the 35 faceoffs he has taken against the Bison over the last two seasons.

Freshman James Burr and sophomore Jack Wilson are tied for the team lead with 14 goals. Wilson also leads BU with 22 points while Burr has 17 points and freshman Brendan Homire is next best with 16 points thanks to a team-high 10 assists. Eighteen different Terriers have scored a goal and 13 of those players have at least two markers on the season.

The Terriers have also been efficient on special teams, both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball. BU ranks second in the nation and first in the Patriot League in man-down defense, having held opponents scoreless on 86.7 percent of EMOs. The Terriers are also second in the conference and sixth in the NCAA on extra-man opportunities, going 10-of-18 (.556).

Bucknell hosted No. 6/7 Villanova on Tuesday and dropped a 12-8 decision. The Bison have won just once in their last four games, an 18-12 victory over Holy Cross last Saturday.

Sophomore attack Will Sands leads the Bison in goals (18) and points (28) while senior attack Sean Doyle is tops on the team with 13 assists. Freshman Jarett Witzal has won 59 percent of his faceoffs this season, which is second in the Patriot League and 18th in the NCAA. Freshman Christian Klipstein has started all seven games, posting a .546 save percentage and a 9.48 goals-against average.

Saturday’s game is the first of two in four days, as the Terriers will travel to No. 14 Harvard on Tuesday. That contest will be shown live on NESNplus at 7 p.m.

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