LEWISBURG, Pa. — The No. 13-ranked ranked Bucknell University men’s water polo team topped Wagner College, 17-5, and La Salle University 16-10, in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC)-East Region action on the second day of the 2019 Bucknell University Invitational at home in Kinney Natatorium.
The day’s opening game was close early on, with Wagner pulling within one, 3-2, after Logan Schofield, Andu Vlasceanu and Rade Joksimovic each found the back of the cage to open the match.
Bucknell, however, scored 14 of the next 15, including six straight after Wagner’s second, as it raced out to a 17-3 lead before Wagner finally responded with their fourth goal at the 3:40 mark of the third quarter.
Bucknell looked in control for a good portion of the game, capped off by a long distance shot from Joksimovic that just beat the third quarter horn. The scoring run, along with a strong defensive performance for the second straight game, helped Bucknell cruise to its first win in MAWPC play this season.
Six Bison players scored in the game, including Scott Little, who recorded his first goal of the season. Joksimovic added seven goals and three assists in the win for a season-high ten points.
Vlaseanu continued his strong run of form, adding ten goals, while Jack Lewis and Schofield each added multiple goals.
Adrien Touzot, in his second career start, made 20 saves for Bucknell. The 20 saves is a career-high, and four shy of the all-time saves record of 24 in a single game set back in 1995 by Zach Blixt against Slippery Rock University.
In the final game of the invitational, Bucknell raced out to an early 3-0 lead versus La Salle after goals by Jared Stanley, Joksimovic and Schofield gave Bucknell a three-goal cushion. La Salle responded with two quick goals of its own before Schofield scored once again on a power-play opportunity after drawing an exclusion on the Explorers just seconds beforehand.
Bucknell added four more goals in the second quarter from four different scorers in Cullen Jacuzzi, Lewis, Schofield and Stanley. However, La Salle kept things relatively close in the frame as it went into the halftime break trailing 8-5.
Bucknell used a strong third quarter to pull away, outscoring the Explorers 6-1 en route to taking a 16-10 win. Quick goals from Vlasceanu and Joksimovic, followed by tallies from Stanley, Lewis and another two goals by Joksimovic, helped spur Bucknell to a 6-0 run out of the intermission.
Bucknell, after having its 24-game home winning streak snapped on Saturday, September 21, via a 17-15 league loss to Fordham University, rebounded nicely, winning all three of its remaining games by an average margin of 10 goals. Bucknell has also managed 15 or more goals in six of its eight games this season, and is 5-1 when reaching that point.
Vlasceanu dished out seven assists in the win, three shy of tying the program record and a season-high for the freshman. Joksimovic scored four times and added an assist, while Schofield also scored a season-high four goals. Lewis posted a solid game, picking up five points on three goals and two assists.
Touzot and Jack Otto split time in the cage, combining for eight saves.
Release courtesy Bucknell University Athletics Communications