SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Rade Joksimovic scored five goals, including the overtime game winner, to lead the No. 16 Bucknell men's water polo team to a 10-9 victory over host Santa Clara at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament on Sunday at Sullivan Aquatic Center.
Jeff Hagen sent the Bison and Broncos (6-11, 1-2 WWPA) into overtime by finding the back of the cage on a man advantage with just one second remaining in regulation.
Joksimovic scored with 1:54 on the clock in the first overtime period, but Mac Carey responded at the 1:12 mark of the second bonus frame to even the score at 9-9. Joksimovic's game-deciding goal was scored on a penalty shot with just 50 seconds left to play.
After Joksimovic's go-ahead goal, the Bison defense held fast, not allowing Santa Clara to get a look on Charlie Niehaus, who finished with nine saves. Tommy Stupp iced the game with a steal in the dying seconds; it was his match-best fifth of the afternoon.
Joksimovic (5g), Marko Djordjevic (1g-2a) and Hagen (2g) enjoyed multi-point outings against the Broncos. Santa Clara's Carey led all players with six points (3g-3a) while Emil Huebner made nine saves.
Bucknell (14-11, 7-0 MAWPC) then fell to No. 9 UC Davis, 15-6, in its Julian Foster Memorial Tournament finale. Djordjevic (2g), Jared Stanley (1g-1a) and Stupp (1g-1a) had multi-point outings for the Bison, who couldn't overcome an early 6-0 deficit.
Nine different Aggies found the back of the cage. Holden Tamblyn led all players with a hat trick, helping UC Davis improve to 14-5 (5-0 WWPA).
Niehaus made 16 saves, one shy of his season-high set at Stanford on Oct. 20. Joksimovic, who the Aggies held off the scoresheet for the first time at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, posted 16 goals in the four games.
Bucknell, which finished 2-2 at the Julian Fraser Memorial Tournament, returns to Kinney Natatorium on Saturday, Oct. 28. The Bison, who will honor seniors Hagen, Niehaus, Stupp and Jordan White, will face Johns Hopkins at 11 a.m. and Navy at 5 p.m.
BUCKNELL 1 2 3 2 1 1 - 10
SANTA CLARA 1 2 2 3 0 1 - 9
Goals: Joksimovic (5), Hagen (2), Djordjevic, Jacuzzi, Stupp
Assists: Djordjevic (2), Dolan
Steals: Stupp (5), Joksimovic (2), Stanley (2), Morton, Niehaus, Schofield
Saves: Niehaus (9 svs., 10 ga., 38:00 min.)
Sprints: Jacuzzi (0-3), Stupp (3-3)
BUCKNELL 0 3 1 2 - 6
UC DAVIS 4 4 2 5 - 15
Goals: Djordjevic (2), McClymonds, Schofield, Stanley, Stupp
Assists: Blackwell, Dolan, Jordao, Stanley, Stupp
Steals: Niehaus (3), Stanley (3), Stupp (2), Blackwell, Djordejevic, Hagen, Jacuzzi, Joksimovic, Jordao,
Ejections Drawn: McClymonds (2), Schofield (2), Stupp (2), Jacuzzi, Stanley
Saves: Niehaus (16 svs., 15 ga., 32:00 min.)
Sprints: Jacuzzi (0-1), McClymonds (0-1), Stupp (0-1)