The Bison Men’s Water Polo Team had an intense weekend in the pool

Hannah Stuck, Senior Writer

The Orange and Blue men’s water polo claimed victory against Mount St. Mary’s 12-8, improving their record to 11-8 overall and 8-3 in the conference, this weekend.

The Bison scored four consecutive unanswered goals, overcoming the 8-7 deficit at the time. 

The Bison were tied with Mount St. Mary’s at the end of the first quarter, with Aleksa Stefanovic ’26  and Matt Ryckman ’25 scoring the first two goals of the match. 

Andu Vlasceanu ’23 started off the second quarter strong for the Bison, being the first to score before the Bison went to score five of the next six goals. 

The Mount St. Mary squad came back in the third quarter, scoring five unanswered goals, taking the lead 8-7 on the Bison with around seven minutes remaining in the match. 

 The Orange and Blue answered immediately, ending the game with five straight goals from Hasan Mogultay ’25 (2), Josh Yardley ’23 , Stefanovic, and Shay Gillearn ’25. 

Stefanvoc and Mogultay were the leaders for the Orange and Blue, both scoring three goals in the match. 

Despite playing in a shallow-deep pool, we managed to control the game and impose our rhythm,” Stefanovic said. “During most of the game, we played well in defense and managed to neutralize their best shooters.”

The Bison received another MAWPC win on the road, becoming 8-3 in the conference. 

The team then faced Navy in another MAWPC match at Kinney Natatorium. The Orange and Blue went down early in the match, with Navy taking a 4-1 lead in the first 10 minutes.

Navy stayed off the board for the rest of the second quarter, with the Bison scoring three unanswered goals from Stefanovic and Ian Shultz ’26, tying the game with three minutes remaining in the third quarter. 

The Bison and the Midshipmen continued to go back and forth for the remainder of the match, forcing the game into overtime. The Bison had an opportunity to score on a penalty shot before overtime, but the Navy goalie saved it. 

Jack Lewis ’23 and Yardley scored two goals in overtime, but the Midshipmen kept fighting until the final whistle, and the match went into sudden death. 

Unlike the match with Mount St. Mary’s, we allowed the opponent to impose their style of play. We didn’t cope with their solid defense and that’s one of the reasons why we lost the game,” Stefanovic said.

The Mids had the first possession, ending the match by scoring a long range shot. 

The Orange and Blue will travel to Santa Clara, Calif. for four games on Oct. 22-23.

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