Bucknell (10-2) hosts Lehigh (8-4) on Friday night for the top spot in the Patriot League. The winner hosts the league tournament. The Mountain Hawks attack has been special — David DiMaria (47 points), Dante Fantoni (34) and Dan Taylor (34) do most of the damage for coach Kevin Cassese, but team success hinges on midfield production. Meanwhile, the Bison have four 20-plus goal scorers: Chase Bailey (25), Todd Heritage (28), Sean Doyle (20) and freshman Thomas Flibotte (27) light it up. Their roster features eight Maryland natives, including six from the Baltimore metro area. Meanwhile, Lehigh has five Marylanders on the roster. Brian Hess, a McDonogh product, is the Mountain Hawks captain. He has six goals and two assists in four Patriot League games, including a hat trick at West Point. Bucknell, under coach Frank Fedorjaka, uses innovative schemes, including a 10-man ride. The Bison pull their goalie and press all over the field; opponents clear the ball only 77 percent of the time. In settled sets on defense, they double the dodger quickly. The aggressive strategy can cause ball-carriers fits. They are difficult to prepare for. If Lehigh can handle the immediate double teams and keep proper spacing, it can fleece Bucknell with ball movement. Opponents are shooting a solid 29 percent against Bucknell. Bison goalkeeper Kyle Feeney leads all active Division I keepers with 38 wins, but Lehigh has an edge in the cage with goalie Matt Poillon, whose goals-against average is 7.91 with a .526 save percentage.
Lehigh's Brian Hess, Bucknell's Ryan Gutowski