Imagine this: you are sitting in the stands at the Navy Invite watching the men’s water polo team compete against Notre Dame (Ohio) in the squad’s season-opening match. The Bison have been fighting hard in this nail-biting game, and they are tied 14-14, with only seconds left on the clock. Just when you think all hope is lost, a Bison breaks through, scoring the winning goal.
This is not the first time that Stefan Aleksic ’16 has made a clutch play. In fact, despite his sophomore status, he is one of the squad’s strongest players.
Aleksic had a monster rookie season. He was one of only three Bison, and the only non-senior, to start all 31 games of the season. He led his squad in almost every category possible: assists (50), points (101), steals (44), and field blocks (30). He was also third in goals (51). He netted at least one goal for the Bison in 26 games, with 14 multiple-goal matches. After posting six goals, three assists, seven steals, and seven field blocks in just three games at the Eastern Championship, he was selected as the Rookie of the Tournament.
Aleksic was an accomplished athlete in high school, as well. As a member of his native Serbian National Team, he competed in several championships and world cups. He was also a 10-year member and starter for WC Partizan in Belgrade, assisting them to win tournaments in numerous countries such as Croatia, Greece, and Hungary, among others.
Keep an eye on this Bison athlete this season, as he is off to a strong start.
Hometown: Belgrade, Serbia
Major: Computer Science & Engineering
Games started / total number of games: 3/3