LEWISBURG, Pa. – Jack Else scored four goals and the six-person Bison senior class combined for nine goals and six assists as a spirited Bucknell men’s water polo team capped a 4-0 league weekend with an impressive 12-5 victory over No. 12 Princeton Sunday afternoon at Kinney Natatorium. The Bison defeated Navy and George Washington Saturday, and on Sunday morning defeated Johns Hopkins by seven goals, and are now 10-4 on the year. They finished league play with a 5-3 mark and currently sit second in the five-team standings.
The senior class was strong throughout the undefeated weekend, combining for 36 of Bucknell’s 48 goals. Else led the way with 14 goals and tallied at least three scores in each contest. Mike Kimble totaled nine goals over the weekend, including one in the win against the Tigers.
Just last Sunday the Bison lost at Princeton by a 14-9 score after trailing 10-1 early in the second half. This Sunday was completely the opposite as Bucknell led or was tied for all but 61 seconds and never trailed by more than one score.
Stefan Aleksic spearheaded an aggressive Bison defense with four steals, while Nick Hale added three. Bucknell yielded just two goals in the second half and none over the final 7:44 of play as it tallied the final five scores of the contest. In fact, the Bison outscored Princeton (13-4, 6-1 CWPA) 8-2 after halftime.
Keegan Williams posted 10 saves in cage, giving him 41 stops against just 30 goals allowed this weekend.
On offense, Bucknell was especially efficient in man-up situations once again. After converting six of nine earlier in the day against Johns Hopkins, the Bison were 4-for-7 opposite the Tigers. Princeton was 0-for-7.
Bucknell improved to 12-1 in its last 13 games at Kinney Natatorium, including 6-1 this fall. The contest marked the final home outing for seniors Julian Colina, Else, Kimble, Alex Nowlin, Stephen Norton and Andrew Somers. Nowlin finished the weekend with 20 assists on the year, boosting his career total to 138 and putting him in sole possession of ninth place on the program’s all-time list.
Sunday’s victory over the Tigers marked Bucknell’s first victory over a ranked team since a win over then-No. 20 Princeton at last year’s Eastern Championship. The Bison last defeated a team ranked as high as No. 12 nationally when it upended No. 11 St. Francis in September 2011.
Bucknell will be idle next weekend as it prepares for its annual trip to California Oct. 25-27. It will be a five-game trip for the Bison, who will play Pacific and then four contests as part of the Santa Clara Rodeo.
PRINCETON 1 2 1 1 -5
BUCKNELL 1 3 3 5 -12
Goals: Else (4), Aleksic (2), Norton (2), Colina, Somers, Babic, Kimble.
Assists: Aleksic (3), Nowlin (2), Else, Hale, Colina, Somers, Norton, Williams.
Field Blocks: Hale (2), Aleksic, Kimble.
Ejections Drawn: Else (4), Kimble (2), Aleksic, Norton.
Saves: Williams (10 svs., 5 ga., 32:00 min.).
Steals: Aleksic (4), Hale (3), Norton (2), Babic.
Sprints: Hale (0-2), Colina (0-1), Moore (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 10-4, 5-3 CWPA.