Emilee Desmond | Editor
The men’s water polo team kicked off their weekend against Bucknell for the two teams’ final meeting this season.
The Bisons have outscored the Explorers 45-18 this season in their two match ups previously.
Unfortunately for the Explorers, the nationally ranked Bucknell brought a similar offensive force to the pool on Saturday morning to extend their at home win streak to 21 games.
Sophomore Cole Strohson had a solid outing with two goals, five steals, three exclusions drawn, an assist, as well as a block. However, his performance would not be enough for the Explorers to come out on top as the Bison dominated the 22-9 victory.
The Explorers’ defense let up back to back goals in only twenty seconds to give the Bison an 8-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Bucknell started the second period just as strong by outscoring La Salle 6-1 over the course of eight minutes.
Bison junior attacker Rade Joksimovic proved to be an offensive powerhouse for his team with seven goals in the first half for the game.
Bucknell held a 14-4 lead at halftime.
Joksimovic would go on to score three more goals in the game to post a season-best 10 goals in a single game.
The Explorers could not find the back of the net once in the third period and would go on to score only five more times in the fourth quarter.
Karl Miller and Joey DeFusco each had a pair of goals in the loss while Derek DeFusco, Ash Lyne, and Trevin Zweifel also found that back of the net once for the Blue and Gold.
After a crushing loss, the Explorers took to Kirk Pool against Wagner looking for a much needed win.
Previously, Wagner defeated the Blue and Gold by a 18-5 margin and is currently undefeated against teams in the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference this season.
The Explorers could not get into an offensive rhythm against Wagner and quickly fell behind 7-1.
Wagner did not let up as play continued and defeated the Explorers with a commanding score of 24-5.
The Seahawks offense recorded goals from all 11 players, four of which scored four a piece.
Sophomore András Bimbó-Szuhai recorded a hat trick in the game.
La Salle freshman Robert Greene registered two of the Blue and Gold’s goals and drew two exclusions. He also added to his score sheet with two steals and one block on the defensive end.
Junior Owain Llewellyn recorded 10 saves in the game as well as a pair of steals.
The Explorers season is coming to a close with only four games remaining in the season.
Coming up, the Explorers will find themselves facing off against Fordham at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Next weekend, the Blue and Gold will match up against Johns Hopkins and will have their second meeting with Fordham.
Finally, the Explorers will wrap up their 2018 season away at Wagner on October 28.