Sport: Men’s Water Polo

Last Season: 23-5 overall, 9-1 Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference; MAWPC East Region regular-season champion; finished the season ranked No. 11 in the country

Postseason: Won Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (24-4 over Connecticut College in first round; 16-5 over Fordham in semifinals; 11-5 over GW in championship), lost 13-12 (OT) at Harvard in NCAA Tournament.

Honors:

All-America: Rade Joksimovic (3rd team)

All-Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference: Rade Joksimovic (1st team, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year), Sean Daley (2nd team), Charlie Niehaus (2nd team)

Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference All-Tournament: Rade Joksimovic (1st team, MVP and Rookie of the Tournament), Charlie Niehaus (1st team), Jeff Hagen (2nd team)

Games of Note:

* (Sept. 17) Bucknell 18, Washington & Jefferson 6 – the Bison used four goals apiece from Jeff Hagen and Rade Joksimovic to help the Bison improve to 4-1 on the season, their best start since 2013.
* (Oct. 1) Bucknell 13, Wagner 11; Bucknell 14, Fordham 11 – Bucknell stretched its win streak to nine games, its longest since 2007, following its visit to New York City. The Bison stood at 11-1 overall at the time, their best start to a season since 1980.
* (Nov. 5) Bucknell 11, Wagner 6 – on Senior Night, Bucknell’s senior class helped the squad clinch the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference East Region regular-season title.
* (Nov. 6) Bucknell 17, John Hopkins 10 – the Bison picked up win No. 20 on the season, securing their first 20-win campaign since 2007.
* (Nov. 18) Bucknell 24, Connecticut College 4 – Rade Joksimovic scored a school-record 14 goals in the Bison’s first round win in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship.
* (Nov. 20) Bucknell 11, George Washington 5 – Champions! The Bison earned win No. 25, their most since 1985, capturing the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 1985.
* (Nov. 26) Harvard 13, Bucknell 12 (OT) – An instant classic in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Joksimovic scored a game-tying goal with 16 seconds left in regulation to send the contest to overtime, but the Crimson scored two minutes into the sudden victory overtime period to defeat the Bison.

Looking Ahead to 2017: The Bison lost three of their top four scorers from a season ago in Sean Daley, Ratimir Babic and Nate Hunter, who combined to generate 104 goals. Fortunately, Bucknell returns offensive juggernaut Rade Joksimovic, who scored 154 goals as a rookie, the most in the nation and tied for the second-most in a single-season in Bison history. Charlie Niehaus is the man in cage after enjoying a junior campaign in which he earned second team all-conference accolades and first team all-tournament recognition. Jeff Hagen finished third on the team in goals (38) and fifth in points (47), while Marko Djordjevic, Cooper Dolan, Tommy Stupp, and Logan Schofield each posted double-digit goals, as head coach John McBride and his squad hope to successfully defend its Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference crown.  

Season Opener: Sept. 2 vs. Pacific (11:10 a.m.) and St. Francis Brooklyn (4 p.m.) at Providence, R.I.

Home Opener: Sept. 16 vs. La Salle (11:45 a.m.) and Mercyhurst (4:45 p.m.)

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