LEWISBURG, Pa. – Freshman Rade Joksimovic followed his eight-goal performance from Friday night’s win over Salem International with four more goals Saturday as the Bison men’s water polo team defeated Washington & Jefferson 18-6 on the second day of the Bison Invitational to improve to 4-1 on the season, its best start since 2013. Jeff Hagen equaled Joksimovic for team-high honors with four goals of his own.
Bucknell (4-1), which is ranked 15th nationally, improved to 18-0 all-time against the Presidents with another dominating performance. The Bison led 5-2 at the conclusion of the first quarter and proceeded to limit Washington & Jefferson to just one goal over the next two quarters as their lead ballooned to as many as 13 goals. Bucknell outscored the Presidents 10-1 in the middle two quarters and are now outscoring opponents 42-14 over its first two games at the Bison Invitational.
Thanks to his four goals on Saturday, Joksimovic now has a team-high 22 scores on the year. Ten different Bison scored goals in the win with Nate Hunter and Sean Daley adding two goals apiece. Daley also posted two assists.
Washington & Jefferson (1-3) was led on the offensive end by three goals from Patrick Fredrick.
Bucknell still has one more game on Saturday as it takes on Mercyhurst at 8:45 p.m. in the last of 10 games at Kinney Natatorium on the day. The Bison Invitational will continue Sunday with nine more games beginning at 8 a.m.
W&J 2 0 1 3 -6
BUCKNELL 5 4 6 3 -18
Goals: Joksimovic (4), Hagen (4), Hunter (2), Daley (2), Moore, Dolan, Jacuzzi, Djordjevic, Schofield, Coleman.
Assists: Stupp (2), Daley (2), Babic, White, Coleman, Joksimovic, Niehaus.
Ejections Drawn: Hunter (2), Hagen (2).
Steals: Joksimovic (4), Stupp (2), Daley (2), Hagen (2), Babic (2), Moore, Jacuzzi, Djordjevic, White.
Saves: Niehaus (7 svs., 3 ga., 24:00 min.), Pullin (1 sv., 3 ga., 8:00 min.)
Sprints: Daley (1-1), Djordjevic (0-1), Babic (0-1), Joksimovic (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 4-1.