Bison Men’s Water Polo has a challenging weekend

Hannah Stuck, Contributing Writer

The Bison men’s water polo had a rough start to the weekend with back-to-back losses to Fordham and Wagner on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Bison responded on Sunday, Sept. 19, picking up two significant victories over St. Francis (Brooklyn) and Salem. The Orange and Blue now sit at 5-7 on the season.

The Orange and the Blue lost to Fordham in their MAWPC opening matchup 13-9. The Rams started out the match very strong, having a four-goal lead going into halftime.

Jack Lewis ’22 led the Bison with three goals, while Andu Vlasceanu ’23 contributed three assists in the match.

The Bison lost another match on Saturday at home against Wagner 14-11. The Seahawks started off the game strong, but then the Orange and Blue pulled within two goals at around five minutes remaining in the match.

Two goals in the waning minutes of the match led the Seahawks to victory over the Bison. Josh Yardley ’22 had a career-best match, leading the Orange and Blue with six goals. Matt Ryckman ’25 also tallied two goals throughout the competition.

The Bison returned home to play Saint Francis, resulting in an intense game and concluding with a Bison win 12-11. This match came down to the very second, with Lewis scoring the game-winning goal right as the horn buzzed.

Lewis finished with three goals in the match, while teammates Doruk Ozar ’24, Hasan Mogultay ’25, and Yardley finished the match with a pair of goals.

Adrien Touzot ’23 made seven saves to back up the Orange and Blue win.
The Orange and the Blue had a successful game against Salem, concluding their competition weekend with an 18-11 win. The Bison started off strong with a nine-goal first half, contributing to a season-high of 18 goals throughout the game. Ryckman and Ozar led the Bison with three goals each.

“I think it shows that we are the kind of team who won’t stop fighting even when we are down and I think that’s important going into the next part of the season as the games get harder,” Liam Stott ’24 said when asked about the Bison’s resilience.

The Bison return home to play George Washington and Wagner on Sunday, Sept. 4, at Kinney Natatorium. The matches will start at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

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