Previewing Bucknell's 2022 men's lacrosse schedule
The Bucknell Bison are the 19th team in our 2022 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the second team from the Patriot League. Bucknell went 2-6 overall in 2021 and 1-5 in Patriot League play. The Bison failed to make the Patriot League Tournament.
Here's their entire 2022 spring schedule:
Mercer Bears (2/5)
St. John's Red Storm (2/19)
Marist Red Foxes (2/26)
Binghamton Bearcats (3/5)
Boston University Terriers (3/12)
Penn State Nittany Lions (3/15)
Army West Point Black Knights (4/2)
Holy Cross Crusaders (4/17)
Despite being Patriot League opponents, Army, BU, and Holy Cross did not play some of their league foes (Bucknell was one of them) last season due to the Patriot League's temporary division formatting.
Cleveland State Vikings (15-9 W)
Furman Paladins (16-9 W in 2020, Furman dropped their program in 2020)
Bryant Bulldogs (11-9 W in 2020)
Sacred Heart Pioneers (14-11 W in 2020)
Ohio State Buckeyes (15-11 L in 2020)
CIRCLE THESE DATES
2/12 at Robert Morris: Last year's meeting was scheduled about two months prior to being played in April (COVID brought us many good things, spontaneous scheduling was one of them) so kudos to both teams for keeping the in-state battle alive and with a much earlier heads up. The Colonials won a one-goal battle in Lewisburg in an evenly balanced matchup. We should see something similar again this year.
2/26 at Marist: Bucknell is 6-0 against the Red Foxes, one of the top teams in the MAAC for the past handful of seasons. They last met in 2020, a 20-11 Bison blowout thanks in part to a 12-3 first half and a nine goal, three assist outing from Will Yorke. Yorke is gone, but Bucknell still has good offensive talent in the likes of Alston Tarry and Harry Wellford.
3/12 at Boston University: Will be very weird to say that some conference matchups are happening for the first time in three years. The Ivy League will be the most notable, but it won't be as weird as the Patriot League who split into two temporary divisions for 2021. Bucknell didn't play BU because of this, but we should be expecting a good battle that should be big for Patriot League tournament seeding.
4/29 at Navy: Last game of the regular season for the Bison and against a potential top 20 team in the Midshipmen. Last year's meeting was pretty even except for a six minute stretch in the third quarter when Navy went on a 6-0 run en route to a 13-10 win. Joe Amplo has things going in Annapolis, and they're expected to compete for a Patriot League title.