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Bucknell Bison

Bucknell Bison
University Bucknell University
Conference Patriot League
NCAA Division I
Athletic director John Hardt
Location Lewisburg, PA
Varsity teams 25
Football stadium Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium
Basketball arena Sojka Pavilion
Baseball stadium Eugene B. Depew Field
Nickname The Bison
Fight song Ray Bucknell
     Orange       Blue
Website .com.bucknellbisonwww

The Bucknell Bison are the athletic teams of Bucknell University. The program is a member of the Patriot League for NCAA Division I sports, Division I FCS in football.


  • History 1
  • Fight song 2
  • Annual Record Men's Lacrosse 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Bucknell won the first Orange Bowl (26–0 over the University of Miami on January 1, 1935). It is also the alma mater of baseball pitcher Christy Mathewson who requested burial in a cemetery adjoining Bucknell's campus.

In Holy Cross. The Bison lost by a score of 66–74.

In 2006 the Bucknell Men's soccer team went on a surprise run to capture the Patriot League championship. In the semifinal they beat top seeded Lehigh in a game that went to a shootout. Then in the final they defeated Lehigh in a game that also ended in a shootout. This qualified them for the NCAA Soccer tournament. They faced George Mason in the first round and won on an overtime goal. In the second round they fell to fourth ranked Virginia.

In 2006 the Bucknell Women's rowing team won the Patriot League Championship and its Lightweight Women scored a 6th place finish at the National Championship IRA Regatta. The following year the team repeated as Patriot League team champions, and the lightweight eight was crowned national champions at the IRA for the first time.

In 2003, Bucknell made history by becoming the only school in Patriot League history to capture both the Men's and Women's Patriot League Swimming Championship[1] in the same season (2003). These teams were led by seniors Gonzalo Diaz, Christopher Feinthel, Michael Guskey, Geoffrey Konopka, Kurt "Russell" McCoy, Stelios Saffos and Stephen Schwanhausser on the Men's team and seniors Rebecca Dolan and Darby Golino on the Women's team. This historic win was accomplished at the newly opened Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell. The men's swimming and diving team also captured the Division II national championship in 1964.

Bucknell versus Navy in 2006

Bucknell also has a reputable men's lacrosse program that is often nationally ranked. The team reached the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship in 2001. Former head coach Sid Jamieson is currently ranked 14th in all-time Division I wins. In 2005, the team upset No. 2 ranked Navy during the regular season, and again in 2006 the team upset No. 1 Maryland. In 2008, the team broke into the top 10 National Rankings for only the second time in school history.

Beginning in the 2006–2007 season, Bucknell has re-instituted its men's wrestling program in response to a private donation of $5.6 million from wrestling alumnus William Graham, after it was originally dropped by the university in efforts to be in compliance with Title IX in 2001. In 2009, the team had a program record of 6 NCAA qualifiers. Since the Patriot League does not sponsor wrestling, Bucknell's team competes as a member of the EIWA.

In 2008, the Bucknell baseball team entered the Tallahassee regional of the NCAA tournament and upset Florida State, 7–0.

Fight song

'Ray Bucknell, 'Ray Bucknell,
'Ray for the Orange and the Blue!
'Ray, 'Ray, 'Ray, 'Ray,
'Ray for the Orange and the Blue!

Annual Record Men's Lacrosse

Year Wins Losses Percent Conference Playoffs National Rank RPI Power Rating (1)
2014 7 8 .420 3rd -- -- 37 29
2013 12 4 .720 3rd -- 15 12 16
2012 12 4 .720 3rd -- 15 12 16
2011 14 3 .810 1st NCAA 1st Round (2) 7 9 12
2010 8 7 .667 3rd -- -- 36 44
(1) Laxpower Power Rating
(2) Lost NCAA 1st round 13-12 in 1 overtime to Virginia.

See also


  1. ^ Bucknell Official Athletic Site

External links

  • Official website
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