Score: #17 Bucknell-14, Johns Hopkins-5
Records: JHU (15-13, 1-7 MAWPC) BU (16-11, 9-0 MAWPC)
Location: Lewisburg, PA Kinney Natatorium
The Short Story: Host and 17th-ranked Bucknell outscored the Johns Hopkins water polo team, 7-1, in the second half to win 14-5 on Saturday morning in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference (MAWPC) action.
How it Happened
Jeff Hagen scored the game's first two goals to stake the home team to an early 2-0 lead. Freshman Nico Ivanov cut the deficit in half for the Blue Jays with the first of his two goals with 1:14 to play in the first.
Junior Connor Johnson then tied the game at 6:31 in the second quarter. Marko Djordjevic and Cooper Dolan answered with back-to-back goals in a 66-second span to put Bucknell back on top, 4-2. Ivanov found the net again just 14 seconds later to make it a one-goal game.
Bucknell answered with three straight goals, from three different players, to push out to a 7-3 lead with 1:17 to go in the half. Freshman Olin Shipstead ended the Bison run with a goal for the Blue Jays at 1:13.
The pace slowed in the third quarter and Bucknell got the period's only two goals in the final two minutes to extend its lead to 9-4. The Bison picked up where they left off in the fourth, scoring five more goals to push out to a 14-4 lead. Senior Jono Gillette ended the run when he scored with 40 ticks on the clock to account for the 14-5 final.
What it Means
Hopkins falls to 24-45 all-time against Bucknell and the Bison have won four straight in the series.
Inside the Box Score
Ivanov (2g), Johnson (1g, 1a) and Shipstead (1g, 1a) led the Blue Jays with two points apiece.
Senior John Wilson finished with eight saves in three quarters, while sophomore Spencer Witte made a pair of saves in one quarter of action.
Hopkins wraps up the regular season on Sunday, November 5 with a pair of road games at Fordham (10:00 am) and Wagner (3:00 pm).