LEWISBURG, Pa. – The same person has been named the 5th Quarter Fresh Bison Athlete of the Week in back-to-back weeks for the first time since the spring of 2014. Bucknell freshman men’s water polo player Rade Joksimovic (Novi sad, Serbia/Gimnazija Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj) picked up his second consecutive honor after totaling 17 goals, five assists, six steals and two ejections drawn in a perfect 3-0 weekend against fellow Middle Atlantic Water Polo Conference foes Navy, George Washington and Johns Hopkins.
Joksimovic opened the weekend with a nine-goal performance in a 20-11 win at Navy on Saturday evening. The nine goals marked the most by a Bison player since Josh Watts netted a school-record 13 in 1999. Joksimovic is tied for seventh place on the program’s single-game goals list. He also had an assist and one steal in the win over the Mids.
On Sunday, Joksimovic scored two goals, dished out three assists and registered four steals in a 16-11 win at No. 16 George Washington. He followed that up with six goals, one assist, one steal and two ejections drawn in a 12-11 victory at Johns Hopkins. Joksimovic’s goal with 32 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter put the Bison up 12-10 and proved to be the winning score in the contest.
Joksimovic now has a team-high 50 goals in 10 games this year and also leads Bucknell in steals (30) and sprints won (6). He ranks third on the squad with nine ejections drawn this season.
A five-time Middle Atlantic Water Polo Conference weekly award winner this year, Joksimovic is the first person to be named Bison Athlete of the Week in consecutive weeks since baseball’s Andrew Andreychik in the spring of 2014.
Joksimovic’s play is part of the reason No. 13 Bucknell (9-1, 3-0 MAWPC) is off to its best start since 2007. The Bison have won seven games in a row over the last two weekends, their longest streak since October 2014.
Bucknell, which is in the midst of playing seven consecutive games against conference opponents, will play at Wagner (12 p.m.) and Fordham (7 p.m.) on Saturday. The Bison are 38-3 all-time against Fordham and have never faced Wagner, a brand new men’s water polo program in 2016.