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22 Will Sands

One of the finest men’s lacrosse players in Bucknell history … third Bison to reach the 200-point plateau, joining a pair of Bucknell Athletics Hall of Famers … fifth Bison to reach the 100-assist threshold … sixth Bison to reach the 100-goal plateau ... graduated as the school record holder in career assists (141) and single-season assists (55, 2018) ... second in career points (243) and holds three slots in Bucknell's single-season top 10 in points: fourth (75, 2018), eighth (64, 2016) and ninth (62, 2017) ... also third in single-season assists (42, 2017) and sixth in career goals (102).

2018 (Senior): Team captain ... USILA Third Team All-American ... Inside Lacrosse Third Team All-American ... First Team All-Patriot League and Academic All-Patriot League selection for second-straight season ... one of 25 players nominated for the Tewaaraton Award (national player of the year) ... team leader with 75 points on 20 goals and 55 assists ... set school record in assists and became the fourth Bison to reach 70-point threshold in a single campaign ... had at least one point in all 15 games ... netted hat tricks at Bryant, at No. 18/20 Colgate and against Boston University ... recorded at least three assists in 10 games, all Bison victories ... topped out at seven assists, posted against Boston University and No. 19 Lehigh ... recorded at least four points in 12 games, which included two eight-point outings and two seven-point efforts ... finished one point shy of matching Bucknell's single-game record with 10 points (3G, 7A) in comeback victory over Boston University ... four-time Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week ... earned first award on 2/5 after recording eight points (2G, 6A) in comeback win over Marist ... captured second-straight weekly laurels on 2/12 after posting eight points (3G, 5A) in win at Bryant ... also honored on the USILA DI Team of the Week following his effort against the Bulldogs ... recognized again on 2/26 after registering seven points (3G, 4A) in Bucknell's win at No. 18/20 Colgate ... captured Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week and Bison Athlete of the Week accolades after recording nine points (3G, 6A) in Bucknell's games at No. 15/16 Penn and No. 6 Loyola ... notched five points (1G, 4A), including two helpers during Bucknell's game-deciding 4-0 run, in upset at No. 6 Loyola ... took 77 shots and posted a .532 sog% ... collected 14 ground balls .... reached a number of career milestones over the course of the season, becoming the third Bison to eclipse the 200-point plateau, the fifth to register at least 100 assists and the sixth to net his 100th career goal ... selected with the first pick of the third round, 19th overall, by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse Draft ... Bucknell's second-highest MLL Draft pick and highest since the MLL expanded to eight teams ... played in 77th annual USILA/Nike North-South Senior All-Star Game ... presented Bucknell's John F. Zeller Award for outstanding contributions to Bison Athletics, while exemplifying the best of Bucknell in the manner that John Zeller did in his 68 years of service to the University.

2017 (Junior): Team captain ... First Team All-Patriot League and Academic All-Patriot League selection ... named an Honorable Mention Preseason All-American by Inside Lacrosse ... one of 50 players named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List (national player of the year) ... finished season with 62 points on 20 goals and 42 assists while starting all 13 games at attack ... ranked third nationally and second in the Patriot League in assists per game (3.23) ... also second in the league and ninth nationally in points per game (4.77) ... recorded at least one assist in every game and had a goal in 11 of 13 ... multiple points in every game, with a high of seven (2G, 5A) against both Delaware and Loyola ... notched four or more points in each of the first 11 games of the season ... Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on 3/20 after recording three goals, three assists in a win over No. 15 and previously unbeaten Boston University ... named Bison Athlete of the Week on 3/27 after a seven-point performance, including the dramatic game-winning goal, in a 9-8 2OT win over No. 17/18 Loyola ... dished out five assists in a game four different times, including three straight games against Villanova, Loyola and Army ... scored 20 goals on 59 shots (.339) ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. 

2016 (Sophomore): Solidified his standing as one of the Patriot League's top attackmen ... earned Second Team All-Patriot League and Patriot League All-Tournament Team honors ... started all 15 games and led the team in goals (36), assists (28) and points (64) ... 64 points were seventh-most on Bucknell's single-season chart ... ranked third in the Patriot League and 11th nationally in points per game (4.27) ... also ranked third in the league and 27th nationally in goals, and fourth in the league and 20th nationally in assists ... scored a goal and had multiple points in all but one game (at Loyola) ... had had four or more points eight times ... enjoyed two monster games against Holy Cross ... scored a career-high seven goals, one shy of the school record, along with an assist in an 18-12 regular-season win ... then in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals set a tourney record with 10 points on three goals and seven assists ... the 10 points were also one shy of the team record ... had two goals and one assist in a 7-6 2OT loss to Loyola in the semifinals ... tallied three goals and two assists in a season-opening win over Delaware ... four goals and two assists against both Boston University and Mount St. Mary's ... two goals and four assists in a 15-7 rout of Lehigh ... 36 goals came on 104 shots (.346) ... 24 goals and 20 assists against Patriot League foes ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. 

2015 (Freshman): Enjoyed a banner rookie season ... started all 15 games at attack and ranked second on the team in goals (26), assists (16) and points (42) ... .448 shot percentage was the best on the squad, third-best in the Patriot League and No. 13 nationally ... three-time Patriot League Rookie of the Week ... recorded a point in every game and a goal in 11 of 15 ... had a nine-point explosion with three goals and six assists in a league win over Holy Cross ... had a goal and two assists in his collegiate debut against Delaware ... recorded three or more goals six times, including four straight late in the season ... logged a season-high five goals at Mount St. Mary's, then followed with hat tricks against Lafayette, Loyola and Lehigh (PL Tournament) ... also had four goals at Colgate ... scored with 24 seconds left to force overtime against No. 16 Loyola, and the Bison would go on to win in OT ... collected 18 ground balls, with a high of five against Mount St. Mary's.

Before Bucknell: Listed No. 49 on Inside Lacrosse top-100 recruit rankings … played lacrosse, soccer and basketball at Friends Academy, and was the school’s Athlete of the Year as a senior … made the varsity lacrosse team as an eighth-grader and earned five varsity letters in the sport … broke the school’s all-time scoring record with 327 career points … Nassau County scoring leader as a senior with 88 points on 47 goals and 41 assists … two-time High School All-American … two-year captain and three-time all-county pick … Newsday First Team All-Long Island selection … Nassau County Attackman of the Year … helped lead school to its first-ever lacrosse county championship in 2013 … also captained the basketball team and was a two-time Coaches’ Award recipient in soccer … part of a state championship soccer team in 2013, and the basketball team was a state semifinalist … played club lax for For the Love of the Game … earned the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame’s Sid Luckman Award as Male High School Athlete of Year.

Personal: Son of Steven and Ilene Sands … has two sisters, Katie and Grace … father played lacrosse at Hamilton College, where he graduated as the program’s all-time leading scorer with 156 points (now ranks fifth) … uncle Richard Sands also played at Hamilton, and uncle Marty Sands played lax at Union College … cousin Adam Sands was an All-American at Union, and another cousin Jason Sands plays at Lafayette … majoring in history.

Position: Attack
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 183
Year: Senior
Hometown: Locust Valley, N.Y.
High School: Friends Academy
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