Nov. 6, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Top-seed Bucknell will host Boston University, American and Colgate in the Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament at Graham Field on Friday and Saturday with the winner earning the League’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
The semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament will be held on Friday with fourth-seed Colgate visiting the top-seed Bison at 11 a.m. followed by third-seed American against second-seed Boston University at 2 p.m. in a rematch of last year’s title contest. The winners will meet for the Patriot League Championship on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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Patriot League Tournament Notebook
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*Bucknell hosts the Patriot League Tournament for the first time at Graham Field on Friday and Saturday.
*The entire Field Hockey Tournament will be shown on Patriot League Network.
*The Bison finished unbeaten in the Patriot League for the first time, and claimed their first outright regular-season title.
*The team that won or shared the regular-season title has won the last 12 Tournament crowns, with eight of the last nine hosts winning the championship.
*American is trying to repeat as League champion and claim its 10th title in the last 12 seasons.
*The Eagles are currently tied with Lafayette for the most League titles with nine.
*Colgate goes for its first League title since 1996, and second all time.
*Bucknell and Boston University are both trying to win it all for the first time.
*American and Boston University are meeting in the semifinals in a rematch of last year’s title game won by the Eagles.
*Bucknell beat Colgate in the 1995 semifinals in the only Patriot League Tournament meeting between the schools.
*American has made 10 of the last 11 League title contests.
*Bucknell has made five title-game appearances, with the last coming in 2011.
*Colgate has been to two title games with the last in 2004, while Boston University tries to get back for a second time.
The Tournament Field
*Bucknell earned the top seed for the Patriot League Field Hockey Tournament for the first time. The Bison finished 6-0 in the Patriot League for their first unbeaten mark in League play. Jeremy Cook was named Patriot League Coach of the Year, and four Bison were named to both the All-Patriot League Team and Academic All-Patriot League Team. The Bison tie the League record with a 17th League Tournament appearance, and seventh straight. Bucknell is 5-16 in the Patriot League Tournament, and still looking for its first championship despite title-game appearances in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2011.
*Boston University makes the League tourney for the second time in as many seasons in the Patriot League, going 5-1 in League play each year. The Terriers had five players named to the All-Patriot League Team on Tuesday, with Sofi Laurito earning the Offensive Player of the Year award and Valentina Cerda Eimbcke her second straight Goalkeeper of the Year honor. Boston University looks for a repeat trip to the League title game after beating Bucknell in last year’s semifinals but falling to host American in the championship. The Terriers are No. 20 in this week’s Penn Monto/NFHCA Coaches Poll
*American has been the most dominant team in the Patriot League Tournament. The Eagles have won nine and appeared in 10 of the last 11 championships, and have a 19-4 all-time mark in the Tournament. They are looking to repeat after previously winning eight straight League titles from 2003-10. American had four All-Patriot League selections on Tuesday, with Grace Wilson as both the Defensive Player and Corvias Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Angela Virtu as Rookie of the Year. American has made the League Tournament in all 14 of its Patriot League seasons.
*Colgate makes the Patriot League Tournament for the 10th time overall and fifth in the past eight seasons. The Raiders have a 3-8 mark in the event, winning the title in 1996 and making it to the championship game in 2004. Colgate placed three players on the All-Patriot League Team on Tuesday, with Eliana Brown earning a third-straight first-team honor.
Patriot League Tournament
Semifinals – Friday – Graham Field (Lewisburg, Pa.)
#4 Colgate Raiders (5-11, 3-3 PL) at #1 Bucknell Bison (12-5, 6-0 PL), 11 a.m.
2014: Bucknell 5 at Colgate 1 (Oct. 25) Last PLT Meeting: Bucknell 2, Colgate 1 (1995) PLT History: Bucknell, 1-0
Top-seed Bucknell hosts fourth-seed Colgate to open the Patriot League Tournament in a semifinal contest on Friday at 11 a.m…The Bison topped the Raiders 5-1 in Hamilton on Oct. 25, scoring the final five goals after Colgate took an early lead…It is just the second Patriot League Tournament meeting between the schools, with Bucknell beating Colgate 2-1 in a semifinal contest in 1995…Bucknell, which is seeking its first League Championship, aims to get to the League title game for the sixth time overall and first since 2011…Colgate has one title won back in 1996, and hopes to make it to its third League Championship game and first since 2004.
Colgate The Raiders come into the League Tournament after dropping their last three Patriot League contests to the other squads in the field…In addition to the home loss to the Bison, the Raiders lost 4-1 at both American (Oct. 18) and Boston University (Nov. 1)…The Raiders hope to turn that around behind their three All-Patriot League selections…Senior forward Eliana Brown made the first team for the third year in a row, while two other seniors made the second team in goalkeeper Amanda DiDomizio and defender Rebecca Libutti…Colgate has a 3-8 record in the Patriot League Tournament, with semifinal wins in 1996 and 2004.
Bucknell The Bison are the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament for the first time after posting their first unbeaten mark in the League play…Bucknell won its second regular-season title, and first outright…The team was honored with four All-Patriot League selections on Tuesday, with senior Kelsey Mucell, Liz Wills and Amie Pritchard on the first team and senior Maggie Murphy on the second team…Jeremy Cook earned his first Patriot League Coach of the Year award for leading the Bison to the regular-season crown…Bucknell outscored its opponents 21-5 in League play, with an 11-3 mark in wins against the other three tournament teams…The Bison made it to the Patriot League title game in 1995, 1999, 2000, 2008 and 2011.
#3 American Eagles (9-8, 4-2 PL) vs. #2 Boston University Terriers (11-7, 5-1 PL), 2 p.m.
2014: Boston U 3 at American 1 (Oct. 24) Last PLT Meeting: American 3, Boston U 0 (2013) PLT History: American, 1-0
Third-seed American takes on second-seed Boston University in a rematch of last year’s Patriot League Championship. The Eagles won that contest 3-0 at home for their ninth League title in the last 11 seasons..Boston University got some revenge and earned the second seeed in the League Tournament by beating the Eagles 3-1 in Washington, DC on Oct. 24…American aims to make the League title game for the third year in a row and 11th in the last 12 years…Boston University shoots for a repeat appearance in its second season in the Patriot League.
American The Eagles play as the No. 3 seed in the League Tournament, the lowest they have been since their first two years in the Patriot League in 2001-02…American will try to become the first No. 3 seed to win the crown behind a roster of four All-Patriot League players…Seniors Grace Wilson and Rebecca Treharne made the first team, with Wilson also named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year…Carly Atchison and Angela Virtuwere on the second team with Virtu as the Patriot League Rookie of the Year…American has a 19-4 record in the Patriot League Tournament with the nine League titles.
Boston University The Terriers went 5-1 in the Patriot League for the second straight season to earn the No. 2 seed in the League Tournament for the second year in a row…Boston University led all schools with five All-Patriot League selections, with Sofi Laurito, Valentina Cerda Eimbcke and Hester van der Laan on the first team while Rachel Coll and Amanda Cassera made the second team…Laurito was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, while CerdaEimbcke earned her second straight Goalkeeper of the Year honor.