Enjoyed a terrific freshman year as a faceoff specialist ... broke the Bucknell single-season (171) and single-game (22 vs. Lehigh) records for faceoff wins ... went 171-for-277 (.617) on the season ... the .6173 percentage was also a new school record by percentage points over Jake Clarke's .6172 in 2010 ... ranked third in the Patriot League and 11th nationally in faceoff percentage ... 57 ground balls were 10th-most in the league ... won at least half of his FO attempts in all but three games ... went 21-for-27 at the X against Mount St. Mary's, breaking Clarke's single-game record for wins (Clarke had 20 vs. Penn State in 2009) ... broke his own mark two weeks later with an incredible 22-for-24 performance against Lehigh ... the 22 wins were tied for fifth-most in the country in 2016 ... also scored his first career goal against Lehigh and picked up a career-high 12 ground balls ... started career by going 15-for-21 against Delaware, 10-for-15 against Bryant, 16-for-22 against Fairfield to help Bucknell to a 3-0 start ... four-time Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week ... after the Lehigh game was named the Epoch/Lacrosse Magazine National Player of the Week ... Personal:
Born Feb. 5, 1997 in Summit, N.J. ... parents are Mark and Helaine Witzal ... father played football at Montclair State ... three-sport athlete at the Landon School in Bethesda, Md. ... lettered four times in wrestling and three times each in soccer and lacrosse ... won 72 percent of his faceoffs as a senior for a team that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation and won the IAC championship ... team was also nationally ranked during his sophomore and junior years ... two-year team captain in wrestling ... undeclared major.