Fordham Water Polo Stays Perfect in MAWPC

Fordham Water Polo bested Wagner to remain undefeated in the MAWPC while also improving their overall record to an impressive 18-4 as a key stretch of conference games to end the season begins.


O’Mara’s season-high save total helped keep Wagner out of the net and preserve the win for Fordham. (Courtesy of Fordham Athletics)

The 16th ranked Fordham water polo team edged Wagner College 12–8 at home to stay a perfect 6​​–0 in Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference play with an overall record of 18–4. In a season defined by a high-octane offense, this low scoring match proved to be a battle won by stellar goalkeeping and defense by the Rams. 

Fordham surrendered a man advantage Wagner goal to open the match, but ​​three straight goals from graduate student Hans Zdolsek, freshman Lucas Nieto Jasny and senior Dimitris Koukias gave the Rams a 3–1 lead with under 3 minutes left in the first quarter. Wagner punched in another score to end the opening period. The second quarter yielded the same result of 3–2 with the Rams’ lead growing to 6–4 going into halftime thanks to sophomore Christos Loupakis, freshman George Papanikolaou and Nieto Jasny goals.

Fordham established its largest lead of the match at that point early in the third quarter, with two quick goals pushing the score to 8–4. The Rams maintained this lead throughout the period, heading into the fourth up 10–6. 

While scoring remained dormant to begin the final period, freshman George Papanikolaou’s team-high third goal of the match boosted Fordham’s lead to five, resulting in a 12​​–8 final score. Nieto Jasny led the way for the Rams on offense with four scores, but outstanding play from senior goalkeeper Bailey O’Mara propelled Fordham to victory through a season-high 15 save performance.

Additionally, Christos Loupakis and Dimitris Koukias each added two goals and an assist.

Looking ahead, Fordham continues its in-conference stretch, Wagner being the first of seven MAWPC opponents to finish the season. Up next, the Rams host Johns Hopkins University at 11:00 a.m. in the Bronx on Saturday, Oct. 30 before taking on Bucknell University Sunday at 2 p.m.