LEWISBURG, Pa. – On Senior Night, it was a sophomore and a junior who led the No. 17 Bucknell men’s water polo team on the offensive end of the pool. Sophomore Rade Joksimovic scored six goals and junior Marko Djordjevic netted three as the Bison defeated Nay 12-6 Saturday evening at Kinney Natatorium to wrap up their home schedule with a perfect 8-0 mark.
Senior Charlie Niehaus played a strong game in goal, totaling 11 saves. He went over the 800-save plateau for his career earlier in the day in a 14-5 victory over Johns Hopkins. Niehaus was one of four seniors honored prior to the Navy game along with Jeff Hagen, Tommy Stupp and Jordan White.
Thanks to Saturday’s two wins, Bucknell (16-11, 9-0 MAWPC) now just needs one Fordham loss next weekend to clinch its second consecutive MAWPC East Region regular-season crown. The Bison play their season finale against the Rams next Sunday, Nov. 5.
Against Navy, Bucknell outscored the Mids 7-1 in the middle two periods to open a 9-3 advantage entering the final quarter. Joksimovic scored three of his goals during that stretch, while Djordjevic registered two goals and two assists during that span.
The Bison dominated in six-on-five opportunities, converting 5 of 9. Navy (8-14, 1-8 MAWPC) converted just one of its eight chances.
Bucknell’s largest lead in the contest was seven goals (12-5) following a White goal with 32 seconds to play.
Stupp totaled one goal, one assist and four steals in his final career home game, while Hagen drew three ejections.
Bucknell has now won 15 home games in a row and is 30-4 at Kinney Natatorium since the beginning of the 2015 campaign.
Bobby Lee led the Mids with two goals as Navy lost to the Bison for a fifth consecutive time.
Bucknell, which is 4-1 in its last five games, will wrap up the regular season next Sunday, Nov. 5, at Fordham with the division title possibly on the line.
NAVY 2 0 1 3 -6
BUCKNELL 2 4 3 3 -12
Goals: Joksimovic (6), Djordjevic (3), Stupp, Dolan, White.
Assists: Djordjevic (3), Joksimovic (2), Niehaus (2), Stupp, Poland, Stanley.
Ejections Drawn: Hagen (3), Djordjevic (2), Stupp, Stanley, Schofield, Joksimovic.
Steals: Stupp (4), Djordjevic (4), Joksimovic (2), Dolan, Stanley, Blackwell, Niehaus.
Saves: Niehaus (11 svs., 6 ga., 32:00 min.).
Sprints: Stupp (0-2), Stanley (0-2).
Bucknell Record: 16-11, 9-0 MAWPC