LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s water polo team posted an impressive 4-0 mark at its own invitational this past weekend and were led by freshman Rade Joksimovic (Novi sad, Serbia/Gimnazija Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj), who totaled 23 goals, seven assists, 22 steals and four ejections drawn in the first four home games of his Bison career. Joksimovic was named the 5th Quarter Fresh Bison Athlete of the Week for his performance.
Joksimovic started the weekend off with eight goals and six assists in a 24-8 win over Salem International. The eight goals were the most by a Bison since 2012, and the 14 points marked the first time a Bucknell player reached double figures in points since at least 2001.
The strong performances continued throughout the weekend. After scoring four goals in a convincing win against Washington & Jefferson on Saturday afternoon, Joksimovic added a team-high five goals in a win over Mercyhurst on Saturday evening.
The weekend concluded Sunday morning when Joksimovic netted six of Bucknell’s nine goals in a comeback on-goal win over No. 14 Brown. He was credited with the assist on Tommy Stupp’s game-winning goal with 2:31 to play in the fourth quarter that clinched the perfect weekend.
Joksimovic scored more than 35 percent of the team’s 65 goals at the Bison Invitational and has 33 of the squad’s 94 goals on the season. He leads the team in goals (33), assists (8), points (41) and steals (24).
Bucknell (6-1) was ranked 15th nationally last week and at 6-1 is off to its best start since 2013. With the four wins over the weekend, the Bison improved to 80-34 all-time at Kinney Natatorium.
Joksimovic will lead Bucknell into the beginning of league play this coming weekend. The Bison will play at Navy (Saturday), George Washington (Sunday) and Johns Hopkins (Sunday).