SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The Bucknell men’s water polo team wrapped up its five-game weekend trip to California Sunday on the final day of the Santa Clara Rodeo. The Bison, who are ranked 18th nationally, dropped their opener to No. 10 Concordia, 15-6, and then fell to No. 16 Santa Clara, 14-12, in the final game of the 18-game Rodeo.
Bucknell (11-8) finished the weekend with a 1-4 record against difficult competition that featured four nationally ranked opponents.
The Bison had a chance to close the weekend on a high note, but their comeback against the host Broncos fell just short. After falling behind 4-0 and trailing by as many as five goals in the first half, Bucknell closed the deficit to 12-11 on a Julian Colina goal with 5:52 to play. However, Santa Clara answered with a goal 10 seconds later and went up 14-11 with 4:01 left in the final quarter. Colina added another goal with just over 90 seconds to play, but the Bison could not draw even.
Earlier in the day Concordia used a five-goal second quarter to turn a 1-1 tie into a 6-2 halftime lead. Concordia added nine goals in the second half for the nine-goal victory.
This weekend marked the end of the regular season for Bucknell. Next up is the Southern Championships Nov. 8-10 in Annapolis, Md.
BUCKNELL 1 1 2 2 -6
CONCORDIA 1 5 4 5 -15
BUCKNELL 1 5 4 2 -12
SANTA CLARA 6 4 2 2 -14