ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Jack Else (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) and Brian Barron (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) tallied at least three goals apiece in both games Sunday as the No. 16 Bucknell University men's water polo team posted a pair of victories over Iona College (16-11 W) and Fordham University (12-7 W). The Bison completed their four-game weekend at the North vs. South Tournament at the United States Naval Academy with a 3-1 record, outscoring their opponents by a combined 53-34 margin.
Else posted a season-high four goals in the opening victory over the Gaels and followed it with three more in the nightcap against the Rams, pushing his season total to 14. Barron collected three goals and one assist in both games Sunday, moving his season point total to 28, a figure that ranks him second on the team and puts him more than halfway to his career-high total of 50 from last fall. Else and Barron combined for 13 goals, nearly half of Bucknell's daily total of 28.
Beau Caillouette (Newport Beach, Calif./Sage Hill School) also had a solid day scoring on Sunday as he also posted a pair of multi-goal outings with two goals and two assists opposite Iona and three more vs. Fordham.
Alex Nowlin (Coto de Caza, Calif./Tesoro), who leads the Bison with a career-high 38 points this year, scored three goals and dished out a career-high six assists against Iona. The six assists were the most by a Bucknell player since at least 2000 and the nine points were the most by a Bison since Richie Hyden posted nine last September vs. Johns Hopkins.
Matt Napleton (Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick) totaled 16 saves in the two victories, including a career-high 11 in the opener against the Gaels. Freshman Keegan Williams (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo School) saw his first action of the year in the fourth quarter against Fordham and stopped three shots.
Bucknell (5-1) continued its strong play in the first half of games as it outscored Iona and Fordham by a combined 15-7 in the first two quarters of play. The Bison held an 8-5 halftime lead against the Gaels and were up 7-2 on the Rams at the half.
Bucknell was especially strong in killing opponents' six-on-five chances Sunday. The Bison limited Iona to four goals in eight chances and held Fordham without a goal in two tries. Additionally, the Rams missed a pair of five-meter penalty shots.
Release courtesy Bucknell Athletic Communications