LEWISBURG, Pa. – Keegan Williams stopped 14 shots and the Bucknell defense recorded a season-high 16 steals as the Bison men’s water polo team posted a 13-6 league win over Johns Hopkins Sunday morning at Kinney Natatorium. Bucknell won its third straight league game this weekend as it improved to 9-4 overall and 4-3 in CWPA Southern Division play.
The Bison will wrap up their four-game home league weekend Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. against No. 12 Princeton. A win against the Tigers and at least one loss by George Washington in its final three league contests will clinch the No. 2 position in the CWPA Southern Division standings for Bucknell.
Williams came one save shy of his career high as he anchored the Bison defense that allowed Johns Hopkins (12-6, 2-4 CWPA) to score on just six of its 31 shots. Williams added three steals, tying Stefan Aleksic and Julian Colina for team-high honors in that category.
Centers Jack Else (four goals) and Mike Kimble (three goals) again paced the Bucknell offense. After tallying 11 of the squad’s 23 goals in Saturday’s wins over Navy and George Washington, the two seniors combined for seven of 13 against the Blue Jays. Kimble’s first goal of the game put the Bison up 3-0 in the first quarter and was the 100th score of his career.
Bucknell never trailed in the game as first-quarter goals by Else, Aleksic and Kimble staked the Bison to an early 3-0 lead. The advantage grew to five goals (6-1) before Giovanni Cragnotti scored on a breakaway 21 seconds before halftime.
A six-on-five goal by Aleksic midway through the third quarter gave Bucknell a 9-3 lead, its largest until Else rounded out the scoring with 2:19 to go to make it 13-6.
The Bison were very strong in man-up situations, converting six of nine opportunities. Johns Hopkins was just 2-for-8 on the day.
Bucknell is now 11-1 in its last 12 games at Kinney Natatorium, including 5-1 this fall.
Sunday afternoon’s contest against nationally ranked Princeton will have a free live video broadcast available on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network.
JOHNS HOPKINS 1 1 3 1 -6
BUCKNELL 3 3 4 3 -13
Goals: Else (4), Kimble (3), Aleksic (2), Colina (2), Nowlin, Norton.
Assists: Aleksic (2), Nowlin (2), Daley (2), Hale, Colina, Babic, Norton.
Field Blocks: Colina, Kimble.
Ejections Drawn: Babic (3), Else (2), Kimble (2), Aleksic, Nowlin.
Saves: Williams (14 svs., 6 ga., 32:00 min.).
Steals: Aleksic (3), Colina (3), Williams (3), Daley (2), Hale, Moore, Babic, Thayer, Norton.
Sprints: Hale (1-2), Daley (0-2).
Bucknell Record: 9-4, 4-3 CWPA.