PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The No. 18 Bucknell men’s water polo team opened the 2016 season Saturday at Brown’s Bruno Classic and came away with a 2-0 record. The Bison won their opener over MIT by a 15-8 score and followed with a 7-6 comeback victory against No. 20 St . Francis Brooklyn.
Bucknell (2-0) has started a season winning its first two games for the sixth time in the last seven years as it defeated the nationally ranked Terriers for the second time in three meetings.
The Bison fell behind St. Francis 4-0 in the first quarter, but outscored the Terriers 4-0 in the second half to overcome a 6-3 halftime deficit. Freshman Rade Joksimovic scored his second goal of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to propel Bucknell to the victory. R.J. Moore, Mark Djordjevic and Jeff Hagen also scored in the second half.
Charlie Niehaus recorded a career-high 15 saves in goal, including nine in the second half. He had seven saves in the fourth quarter alone after totaling five earlier in the day against MIT.
Joksimovic had a standout performance in his first career game earlier in the day when he scored a team-high seven goals in the win over MIT. Hagen and Ratimir Babic also added two goals apiece in the win.
The Bison built a 9-3 halftime lead against the Engineers and led by as many as nine goals in the second half.
Bucknell will wrap up play at the Bruno Classic Sunday morning when it takes on No. 4 Pacific.