No. 19 Bucknell University Cages Johns Hopkins University 10-7 to Take Third Place at Southern Division Championship
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Jack Else (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) scored four goals and drew four ejections and Bucknell's defense yielded Johns Hopkins University just two six-on-five goals in 16 chances as the Bison men's water polo team defeated the Blue Jays, 10-7, in the third place game at the Southern Championship at Princeton University's DeNunzio Pool.
Bucknell, which advanced to last year's title game, has now finished in the top three at the Southern Championships two straight years for the first time since 2005 and 2006.
The third-seeded Bison, who are ranked 19th nationally, played to their seed. Johns Hopkins (16-14) was the fifth seed in the 11-team field and took home fourth place.
Bucknell (13-9) was whistled for 17 total ejections in the game and was forced to play long stretches either without starters Julian Colina (San Diego, Calif./Cathedral Catholic), Brian Barron (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick), Daniel Schwartz (Miami Beach, Fla./Ransom Everglades) and Trevor Reitz (Boynton Beach, Fla./Gulliver Prep), or with them having to be careful of committing a third ejection and being disqualified. Seven Bison finished the game with either two or three ejections.
While Johns Hopkins had plenty of man-up chances, Bucknell's defense was strong, holding the Blue Jays without a goal 14 times. The Bison scored on five of their nine man-up opportunities as they hung on for the victory despite not tallying a goal in the fourth quarter.
Spencer Richley (Newport Beach, Calif./Newport Harbor) helped Else on the offensive end with three goals, while Alex Nowlin (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro), Colina and Reitz each found the back of the net once.
Goalie Matt Napleton (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) posted his 11th double-figure game of the season as he stopped 12 shots, recorded a steal and dished out an assist. He crossed the 200-save plateau for the year and now has 201.
Thanks to its top-four finish at this weekend's Southern Championship, Bucknell earned a berth in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship, which will be held Nov. 18-20 at Harvard University. The Bison will play No. 17-ranked Brown Univeresity in their first game at the NCAA-qualifying event. The Bears, who defeated Bucknell during the regular season, placed second at this weekend's Northern Championship.
Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications