Men’s water polo picks up win against Fordham

Kaelyn Long, Senior Writer

The No. 17 Bison men’s water polo team picked up a MAWPC win against Fordham with a score of 14-8 on Oct. 27. After this weekend’s win, the Bison improve to 9-1 in conference play and 18-6 in overall play this season.

The Rams put the first points on the board, netting a goal just one minute into the game. The Bison used that goal against as fuel to come back and net five of the next six goals throughout the quarter, ending the first period with a 5-2 lead.

Logan Schofield ’20 helped the Orange and Blue go on its run with a goal to equalize the score and then drew an ejection. Rade Joksimovic ’20 then scored on a penalty shot. Schofield also added his second goal of the quarter before Marko Djordjevic ’19 and Joksimovic each contributed a goal.

Going into halftime, the Bison held a three goal edge, leading 7-4. At the beginning of the third period, the Rams scored two goals to close the Bison lead to 7-6. The Bison then took initiative, as Jack Lewis ’22, Joksimovic, and Cullen Jacuzzi ’20 scored the next three consecutive goals.

Djordjevic and Lewis added another goal apiece at the end of the third period. Entering the fourth period, the Bison were up 12-7. The Bison outscored the Rams 2-1 in the final period. Joksimovic led the way for the Bison with four goals and three assists, Djordjevic finished with three goals and three assists, and Lewis tied his season-high four goals in one game. Jack Otto ’22  finished with five saves.

“It was really inspiring to see Jack Lewis and Jack Otto, two of our freshmen, play with grit, step up, and lead us to victory. They deserve a lot of credit for how they have been playing the whole season. Fordham is always a hard opponent who doesn’t go down easily and always challenges us to play our best, which is what we needed,” Joksimovic said. “Now we turn our attention to this Sunday, which is probably the most important weekend of our regular season.”

The Bison will finish off the regular season with two home games against the Navy Midshipmen and the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays on Nov. 4.

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