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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University men’s water polo team split two Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-East Region games at home in Kinney Natatorium on Sunday, September 26.  The Bison fell in the first game, 8-5, to George Washington University before rebounding with a  9-5 victory over Wagner College in two defensive contests.

Bucknell, now 6-8 on the season, improves to 1-3 in MAWPC play this season.  

Versus George Washington, the two teams kept things close during the early stages of the game, but four goals by the Colonials in the third quarter helped the team pull away in closely-contested defensive contest.  Bucknell, which fired 22 shots overall, was held to a season-low five goals in the defeat.

The Bison took their first lead of the day, 2-1, in the second quarter after Doruk Ozar found the back of the cage with 7:35 to go in the half as the two teams looked to get things going offensively.  However, GW responded right back with a goal at the 7:08 mark of the period to tie the game at two. The Colonials scored twice more to take a two-goal advantage, 4-2, before a goal by Bucknell’s Josh Yardley with 1:30 to go in the half made the score 4-3 at the break.

The Bison managed to come back and tie the game at five in the third quarter on a goal by Shay Gillearn, but three unanswered goals by the Colonials, including two in the final 1:12 of the quarter, helped GW take an 8-5 win after both teams were held scoreless in the fourth quarter.

The Bison goals were scored by five different players in Yardley, Gillearn, Ozar, Ethan Jones and Hasan MogultayAdrien Touzot made four saves in the defeat.

Game two saw the Bison hold Wagner to a season-low offensive output, as the Seahawks had been held to single-digit goals in just two of their first 14 contests.

Bucknell led 3-2 after one, but managed to break open a back-and-forth first quarter in the second thanks to two straight goals from J. Yardley, followed by a goal from Walker Butler on the powerplay with 4:09 left in the first half to cap a 3-0 run to open the second period.  Bucknell maintained a healthy 7-4 lead into the halftime break thanks to one more goal from J. Yardley with 2:00 to go in the period.

The Bucknell defense stepped up in the second half, keeping the Seahawks off the board for the next 11 minutes.  The Bison extended the lead to four on a goal from Vlasceanu with 5:44 to go in the third, and Mogultay sealed the win with an insurance goal with 2:09 in the fourth to help the Bison secure their first MAWPC victory of the season, and avenge an earlier 14-11 loss to the Seahawks this season on September 18 at Kinney Natatorium.

Touzot made a season-best 11 saves as part of the defensive effort, while J. Yardley and Vlasceanu each had three goals in the win. 

Release courtesy Bucknell University Athletics Communications

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