LEWISBURG, Pa. – Freshman Rade Joksimovic scored 10 goals, and senior Sean Daley tallied eight assists to lead No. 13 Bucknell to an 18-13 win over visiting Fordham in a Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference game Saturday at Kinney Natatorium.
Bucknell improved to 18-4 overall and 7-1 in the conference. The Bison have won four straight games overall and are 6-1 at home this season. Fordham dropped to 14-12 overall and 4-6 in the conference.
Joksimovic has 117 goals, jumping him from ninth to sixth on Bucknell’s single-season record book. He needs just four more to tie Rick Renner (1977) and Scott Schulte (1979) for fourth. Joksimovic has the second most goals by a freshman in program history. Schulte, a two-time All-American holds the record with 154 in 1977.
Daley had an outstanding all-around performance for Bucknell. In addition to his eight assists, he finished with one goal, four steals and an ejection drawn. Nate Hunter contributed three goals, while Tommy Stupp, Cooper Dolan, Marko Djordjevic, and Jeff Hagen had one apiece.
Two of Joksimovic’s goals came on penalty shots. His 10 total goals came on just 12 shots. One of his two misses was just inches from being another goal after he stole the ball in his own territory and went coast-to-coast before hitting the crossbar from close range. The other came from long range as time was expiring on the shot clock.
Charlie Niehaus stopped 10 of the 21 shots he faced to get the win in goal. He is 26 saves away from cracking Bucknell’s single-season saves list.
The Bison return to the pool tonight for a game against Wagner at 7 p.m.. Head coach John McBride will look to record his 100th career win. Daley, Hunter, Babic, and Moore will be honored for Senior Day prior to the contest.
BUCKNELL 5 4 6 3 -18
FORDHAM 2 2 5 4 -13
Goals: Joksimovic (10), Hunter (3), Stupp, Dolan, Djordjevic, Daley, Hagen.
Assists: Daley (8), Niehaus (2), Stupp, Moore, Hagen, Babic.
Ejections Drawn: Hagen (2), Hunter, Stupp, Daley, Joksimovic..
Steals: Daley (4), Joksimovic (2), Hunter, Coleman.
Saves: Niehaus (11 svs., 11 ga., 29:00 min.), Pullin (1 sv., 2 ga., 3:00 min.).
Sprints: Joksimovic (1-2), Bolanca (1-1), Babic (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 18-4.