SANTA CLARA, Calif. – After facing two nationally ranked teams on Saturday, the No. 10 Bucknell men’s water polo team wrapped up play at the Santa Clara Rodeo on Sunday against unranked Fresno Pacific and Air Force, posting victories in both games by a total of 18 goals. The Bison defeated Fresno Pacific 14-4 and followed with a 13-5 victory over Air Force just a few hours later.
Bucknell (17-4) finished its weekend trip to California with a 3-1 record, including victories in each of its final three contests. The Bison are just one win shy of equaling their victory total from all of 2015.
Bucknell led Fresno Pacific (8-14) 8-0 at halftime and coasted to the 10-goal victory. It was a balanced offensive attack as Rade Joksimovic led the squad with four goals, and four others – Nate Hunter, Tommy Stupp, Sean Daley and Jeff Hagen – tallied two goals apiece. Joksimovic and Daley also dished out two assists.
The Sunbirds did not score their first goal until 5:40 remained in the third period.
Joksimovic – who now has 107 goals on the year to rank ninth on the program’s single-season list – led the way with seven more goals in the nightcap victory over Air Force (5-14). Daley added two goals and three assists. Bucknell led 11-3 at halftime.
Charlie Niehaus totaled 16 saves in goal in the two games, while Alex Pullin added five in reserve action.
Bucknell will be idle next weekend and will return to action Nov. 5-6 with three home games against conference opponents Fordham, Wagner and Johns Hopkins. That will conclude the regular season for the Bison, who are hosting the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Championships Nov. 18-20.
BUCKNELL 3 5 2 4 -14
FRESNO PACIFIC 0 0 3 1 -4
Goals: Joksimovic (4), Hunter (2), Stupp (2), Daley (2), Hagen (2), Schofield, White.
Assists: Joksimovic (2), Daley (2), Schofield, Farmer, Stupp.
Ejections Drawn: Hunter (3), Hagen (2), Moore, Joksimovic.
Steals: Daley (5), Joksimovic (4), Stupp (2), Moore (2), Schofield.
Saves: Niehaus (8 svs., 3 ga., 24:00 min.), Pullin (3 svs., 1 ga., 8:00 min.).
Sprints: Joksimovic (1-1), Stupp (1-1), Jacuzzi (0-1), Schofield (0-1).
Bucknell Record: 16-4.
BUCKNELL 5 6 1 1 -13
AIR FORCE 1 2 2 0 -5
Goals: Joksimovic (7), Daley (2), Hagen, Babic, Schofield, Moore.
Assists: Daley (3), Djordjevic (2), Stupp, Niehaus.
Ejections Drawn: Hagen (3), Hunter (3), Daley, Joksimovic.
Steals: Daley (2), Hunter (2), Djordjevic (2), Niehaus (2), Stupp, Babic, Joksimovic.
Saves: Niehaus (8 svs., 5 ga., 29:13 min.), Pullin (2 svs., 0 ga., 2:47 min.).
Sprints: Joksimovic (2-2), Stupp (1-2).
Bucknell Record: 17-4.