This Weekend's Games
No. 17 Bucknell (4-6, 0-0 MWPCA) at Johns Hopkins (8-2, 0-0 MWPCA)
When: Saturday, September 23 – 3 p.m.
Where: Newton White Aquatic Center – Baltimore, Md.
Internet Video: HopkinsSports.com
No. 17 Bucknell (4-6, 0-0 MWPCA) at No. 18 George Washington (6-4, 0-0 MWPCA)
When: Saturday, September 23 – 8 p.m.
Where: Charles E. Smith Center Pool – Washington, D.C.
Internet Video: A-10 Network
No. 17 Bucknell (4-6, 0-0 MWPCA) at Navy (5-5, 0-1 MWPCA)
When: Sunday, September 24 – 11 a.m.
Where: Lejeune Hall and Scott Natatorium – Annapolis, Md.
Internet Video: Patriot League Network
A Look Back at the Bison Invitational
• Bucknell went 3-0 at the Bison Invitational to improve to 4-6 in 2017. The Bison won all three of their games by at least nine goals, toppling La Salle (21-6), Mercyhurst (15-6) and Salem International (12-2) at Kinney Natatorium.
• Bucknell was paced at the Bison Invitational by Rade Joksimovic, who finished with 23 points (16g-7a), an average of nearly eight per game.
• In the La Salle game, 11 different Bison found the back of the cage, with Joksimovic (6), Scott Little (3), Marko Djordjevic (2), Jeff Hagen (2) and Jared Stanley (2) posting multi-goal outings.
• Against the Explorers, the Bison scored their most goals (21) and enjoyed their widest margin of victory (15) of the 2017 campaign.
• With their 3-0 weekend at the Bison Invitational, Bucknell has now won 10 in a row at Kinney Natatorium. The Bison are 25-4 in their home pool since the beginning of the 2015 campaign.
• Alumni were back on campus to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Bucknell water polo.
Bucknell at a Glance
• On the strength of their performance at the Bison Invitational, the Bison moved up a spot in the CWPA poll to No. 17.
• Bucknell was selected as the unanimous favorite to win the MAWPC crown in the CWPA Preseason Poll.
• Bucknell finished 2016 with a 23-5 (9-1 MAWPC) record, reaching the 20-win plateau for the first time since 2007 (20-13, 5-3 CWPA Southern Division). The Bison’s .821 winning percentage was their best single-season mark since they went 31-4-2 (.851) in 1980. They were ranked 11th in the CWPA’s final 2016 poll and rose as high as ninth over the course of the season.
• The Bison won the inaugural MAWPC tournament in dominating fashion, downing Connecticut College (24-4), Fordham (16-5) and No. 18 George Washington (11-5) all by six or more goals.
• Bucknell averaged 14.4 goals per game in MAWPC regular-season games. Factoring in the tournament, the Bison averaged 15 goals per game against their MAWPC opponents. They failed to reach the double digits in goals just once.
• Bucknell’s lone loss in MAWPC regular-season action came against George Washington on Oct. 8 in Lewisburg. The then No. 9 Bison fell to the then No. 16 Colonials, 10-9, on a Noah McKinnie Braun goal scored with just three seconds remaining in regulation.
• Rade Joksimovic (32g-14a), Marko Djordjevic (14g-16a) and Cooper Dolan (20g-4a) are Bucknell’s current top three in points.
• Joksimovic also leads the Bison in steals (21) while Tommy Stupp is second (16).
• Jeff Hagen and Logan Schofield are tied for the team lead with 13 drawn exclusions. Hagen’s total was bolstered by his performance against Salem International, when he drew a season-high six.
• Charlie Niehaus has made 78 saves to date.
Scouting Johns Hopkins/Series History
• The Blue Jays are 8-2 on the season, most recently going undefeated at the Bison Invitational. Johns Hopkins, which is tied for fourth in the Division III CWPA rankings, dispatched Gannon (16-13), Toronto (13-6) and La Salle (13-1).
• A year ago, the Blue Jays went 5-19 (4-6 MAWPC). This season, they were selected to finish third in the MAWPC in the CWPA Preseason Poll.
• Giorgio Cico (16g-24a), Josh Kurtz (21g-13a) and Finn Banks (16g-7a) are Johns Hopkins's top three point producers.
• The Bison have faced the Blue Jays 70 times, the third most among their all-time opponents. Bucknell leads the all-time series, 46-24.
• The Bison won both 2016 games, edging the Blue Jays by a single goal, 12-11, in Baltimore on Sept. 25 and dispatching them, 17-10, in Lewisburg on Nov. 6.
• In the 12-11 victory, Charlie Niehaus made a career-high 18 saves, which he later matched against George Washington on Oct. 8.
Scouting George Washington/Series History
• The Colonials are 6-4 on the season, most recently going 2-1 at the Bison Invitational. They defeated Salem International (18-10) and Mercyhurst (13-8) and fell to then No. 11 Harvard (11-16).
• George Washington is currently slotted one spot behind Bucknell in the CWPA poll, at No. 18.
• A year ago, the Colonials went 15-11 (8-2 MAWPC). This season, they were selected to finish second in the MAWPC in the CWPA Preseason Poll.
• Bucknell leads the all-time series, 55-15.
• The Bison went 2-1 against the Colonials in 2016. In the regular season, they won the Sept. 25 meeting in Washington, D.C. (16-11) and fell in Lewisburg on Oct. 8 (9-10). They went on to dispatch George Washington in the MAWPC championship game, 11-5, clinching their sixth NCAA appearance in the process.
• Charlie Niehaus recorded 15 saves, Rade Joksimovic scored four goals and Sean Daley posted five assists to lead Bucknell to its victory in the MAWPC championship game.
Scouting Navy/Series History
• The Midshipmen are 5-5 (0-1 MAWPC) on the season. They most recently competed at the Princeton Invitational, where they fell to Wagner (10-11), St. Francis Brooklyn (7-13) and Santa Clara (7-12). Their game against Wagner was a MAWPC contest.
• Nate Reiff (9g-5a) and Trevor Clark (9g-5a) are tied for the team lead in points.
• A year ago, Navy went 8-18 (2-8 MAWPC).
• The Bison have faced the Midshipmen 106 times, more than any other opponent. Navy leads the all-time series, 81-25.
• Navy is the only team Bucknell has taken on more than 100 times.
• Last season, the Bison topped the Midshipmen, 20-11, in Annapolis on Sept. 24 and dispatched them in Lewisburg, 14-10, on Oct. 8.