Setting the Scene
When: Saturday, Oct. 7
Where: Kinney Natatorium – Lewisburg, Pa.
Game One: Wagner (9-5, 3-1 MAWPC) vs. No. 17 Bucknell (8-6, 4-0 MAWPC)
Time: 11 a.m.
Game Two: George Washington (9-6, 3-2 MAWPC) vs. No. 17 Bucknell (8-6, 4-0 MAWPC)
Time: 5 p.m.
A Look Back at Last Weekend
• Bucknell remained undefeated in MAWPC play by defeating then No. 19 Fordham, 9-8, in overtime. The victory stretched the Bison’s win streak to seven games and helped them improve to 8-6 (4-0 MAWPC) on the season.
• Cooper Dolan completed a hat trick with 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime period to lift Bucknell to victory. He was the lone Bison to have a multi-goal outing.
• The Rams (7-4, 3-1 MAWPC) pulled ahead with 33 seconds remaining in regulation on Ian Watson’s second strike of the game.
• Jeff Hagen sent Bucknell into overtime for the first time in 2017 by netting the equalizer with just eight seconds left in regulation. After drawing an ejection with 15 seconds to play, the senior took a centering pass from Jared Stanley and fought off a defender to find the back of the cage.
• Charlie Niehaus finished with 12 saves, none bigger than the one he made on a point-blank bid by Magnus Sims with less than 30 seconds remaining in the second overtime period. He also denied Massimiliano Mirarchi on a breakaway late in the fourth quarter.
Dolan Honored as Bison Athlete of the Week
• Cooper Dolan was named the Bison Athlete of the Week for his performance against Fordham. It is the sophomore's first career weekly award.
• Dolan is the first member of the men's water polo team to be honored as the Bison Athlete of the Week in 2017-18.
• A year ago, Rade Joksimovic was a three-time Bison Athlete of the Week. Before that, a total of four Bison were honored with this award from the 2013-14 to the 2015-16 academic years.
Bucknell at a Glance
• Bucknell is now slotted No. 17 in the CWPA poll.
• The Bison have won 11 in a row at Kinney Natatorium. Since the beginning of the 2015 campaign, they are 26-4 in their home pool.
• Bucknell last fell at Kinney Natatorium on Oct. 8, 2016 to George Washington, one of its opponents this Saturday.
• The Bison are the lone team that remains undefeated in MAWPC play in the East Division. Out West, only Gannon (4-0) remains perfect.
• Bucknell’s 9-8 victory over Fordham was its second by a single strike in 2017. On Sept. 2 at the Bruno Classic, the Bison edged then No. 19 St. Francis Brooklyn, 12-11. Cooper Dolan had a career-best eight points (7g-1a) in that match.
• Rade Joksimovic (42g-21a), Marko Djordjevic (23g-21a) and Dolan (25g-10a) are Bucknell’s top three in points.
• Jeff Hagen, who is fourth with 22 points (19g-3a), is the team leader with 26 draw exclusions. Joksimovic leads the Bison with 28 steals, one more than second-place Tommy Stupp.
George Washington at a Glance/Series History
• George Washington is currently 9-6 (3-2 MAWPC) on the season. The Colonials, who were ranked 18th at the time of their last meeting with the Bison, received votes in the most recent poll.
• George Washington rebounded from a 1-2 opening weekend of MAWPC action with victories over Johns Hopkins (20-10) and Wagner (19-12) on Sept. 29 and Sept. 30.
• Atakan Destici in the team leader with 65 points (28g-37a). He netted a season-high six goals against the Seahawks and also added four steals and a field block.
• 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, 56-15.
• The Bison dispatched the Colonials, 12-9, on Sept. 23 in Washington, D.C. Marko Djordjevic paced Bucknell with seven points (4g-3a) while four other Bison enjoyed multi-point outings. Charlie Niehaus made 10 saves in the contest.
• In 2016, Bucknell went 2-1 against George Washington. In the regular season, the Bison 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 the Colonials in the MAWPC championship game, 11-5, clinching their sixth NCAA appearance in the process.
Wagner at a Glance/Series History
• Wagner is currently 9-5 (3-1 MAWPC) on the season.
• The Seahawks went 2-1 in MAWPC action last weekend, falling to George Washington (12-19) and toppling Johns Hopkins (20-12) and Navy (15-6) on the road.
• Wagner is set to compete at Princeton on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.
• Jasmin Kolasinac was named the Seahawk Student-Athlete of the Month after totaling 58 points (53g-5a) in September. He set a program record with nine goals in a 20-8 victory over Mercyhurst at the Bison Invitational on Sept. 16.
• Bucknell leads the all-time series, 2-0. Both meetings occurred during the 2016 campaign, Wagner’s first at the Division I level.
• The Bison won the meeting in Staten Island, N.Y., 13-11, and the one in Lewisburg, 11-6. With their Nov. 5 victory at Kinney Natatorium, they clinched the MAWPC East title and helped head coach John McBride reach the 100-win plateau.
• Bucknell travels to Cambridge, Mass. for the Harvard Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 14 to Sunday, Oct. 15.
• The Bison face Wagner (9:30 a.m.) and Brown (2 p.m.) on Oct. 14 and St. Francis Brooklyn (8 a.m.) and Princeton (1 p.m.) on Oct. 15.
• Bucknell's game against Wagner is a MAWPC contest.
• The Bison are set to take on St. Francis Brooklyn for the third and final time. The Bison faced the Terriers at the Bruno Classic (12-11) and the Princeton Invitational (6-7).