SANTA CLARA, Calif. – The No. 16 Bucknell men's water polo team went 1-1 on the first day of the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, topping Loyola Marymount (13-8) and falling to No. 18 California Baptist (14-15) on Saturday at Sullivan Aquatic Center.
Joksimovic reached the 100-point plateau during the game against the Lions. He now has 71 goals and 29 assists on the season.
Against the Lions, the Bison built a 7-3 halftime lead and never looked back. Eight different players found the back of cage, with Joksimovic (4), Djordjevic (2) and Jeff Hagen (2) enjoying multi-goal efforts. Jared Stanley paced Bucknell with three helpers while Charlie Niehaus made 11 saves.
Against the Lancers, Joksimovic scored two goals in the final 1:03 of regulation, including one off of a Tommy Stupp feed with 28 seconds left to play. But Tanner Shore solved Niehaus, who finished with 12 saves, in the final second to lift California Baptist to victory. It was his fifth goal of the match.
After Bucknell scored six of the game's first eight goals, the Lancers used an 8-4 run to make it a 10-10 game entering the final frame. They then scored two unanswered goals, at the 2:06 and 1:23 marks of the fourth quarter, to build their 14-12 edge, with Joksimovic erased.
Joksimovic finished with seven goals while Djordjevic had a goal and four helpers.
The Bison continue the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament tomorrow by taking on host Santa Clara (1:20 p.m.) and UC Davis (5:20 p.m.).
BUCKNELL 1 6 4 2 - 13
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT 0 3 3 2 - 8
Goals: Joksimovic (4), Djordjevic (2), Hagen (2), Blackwell, Dolan, Schofield, Stanley, Stupp
Assists: Stanley (3), Djordjevic (2), Jacuzzi, Niehaus, Stupp
Ejections Drawn: Hagen (2), Joksimovic, Schofield, Stupp
Steals: Stupp (4), Joksimovic (3), Niehaus (3), Djordjevic (2), Dolan, Hagen
Saves: Niehaus (11 svs., 8 ga., 32:00 min.)
Sprints: Jacuzzi (0-1), Stanley (0-1), Stupp (2-2)
BUCKNELL 5 4 1 4 - 14
CALIFORNIA BAPTIST 1 5 4 4 - 15
Goals: Joksimovic (7), Schofield (2), Stanley (2), Djordjevic, Hagen, Jacuzzi
Assists: Djordjevic (4), Stupp (3), Dolan, Niehaus, Stanley
Ejections Drawn: Joksimovic (3), Schofield (2), Hagen
Steals: Dolan (3), Stupp (3), Djordjevic (2), Joksimovic, Schofield
Saves: Niehaus (12 svs., 14 ga., 32:00 min.)
Sprints: Jacuzzi (0-1), Joksimovic (1-2), Stupp (1-1)