ANNAPOLIS, Md./WASHINGTON, D.C. - Nick Hale scored a career-high three goals and the Bison defense limited Navy to its fewest goals in the series since 2005 as the No. 18 Bucknell men's water polo team opened CWPA Southern Division play with an 8-6 victory over the Mids Saturday afternoon in Annapolis, Md. The Bison then traveled to Washington, D.C., for an evening matchup with George Washington and dropped a tight one-goal game by a 15-14 margin.

Bucknell (6-2, 1-1 CWPA) entered the day 17-78 all-time against Navy and 42-13 in its series vs. George Washington.

The Bison held a 5-4 lead at halftime against Navy (8-6, 0-1 CWPA) and were still up by one goal entering the fourth quarter. Hale's third goal of the game came with 3:56 to play and staked Bucknell to an 8-5 advantage. The Mids were able to score just once more against the Bison defense that recorded a season high-tying 11 steals.

Hale dished out one assist to go with his three goals, while Alex Nowlin had one goal and three assists. He now has 126 career assists, placing him one shy of 10th place in program history.

Bucknell has now won two in a row over Navy and the series is knotted at 4-4 over the last eight meetings.

Bison goalie Keegan Williams posted 10 saves in the opener.

Stefan Aleksic had four goals, Jack Else and Julian Colina tallied three apiece and Hale added two more in the nightcap, but Bucknell could not outscore George Washington (7-1, 1-0 CWPA). The Bison trailed 8-5 at halftime and 12-10 entering the fourth quarter.

Aleksic and Andrew Somers scored the first two goals in the fourth quarter for Bucknell to tie the score at 12-12 with 5:55 to play. A penalty shot with 4:29 left gave the Colonials a 13-12 lead. Just over a minute later Aleksic tied the game again with his third score of the contest.

George Washington's Brian Mojica answered on the next possession to put the home team up 14-13 and Ridvan Pehlivan scored his fourth goal of the game with 24 seconds left to clinch the decision.

Bucknell will wrap up its opening weekend of league play Sunday at Johns Hopkins (12 p.m.).