LEWISBURG, Pa. – The honors keep coming in for the Bucknell men’s water polo program following its 4-0 league weekend to improve to a strong 10-4 on the season. On Wednesday, senior Jack Else (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) was named the CWPA Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week, while junior goalkeeper Keegan Williams (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo School) was cited as the conference’s Defensive Player of the Week. Additionally, the Bison moved back into the national rankings at No. 20.
Else, who two days earlier was named the Bison Athlete of the Week, earned his first career weekly honor from the CWPA after netting a total of 14 goals in Bucknell’s four wins over Navy, George Washington, Johns Hopkins and nationally ranked Princeton. He now leads the team with 38 goals this year and has 11 multi-goal outings in 14 games.
Else’s 11 ejections drawn over the weekend were a team high. He now has 50 on the year and his 288 career ejections drawn are 102 more than anyone else in program history since the statistic has been kept (2001).
A 2013 team captain and an Honorable Mention All-America selection as a junior, Else has piled up 163 goals in his career. He is just 24 goals shy of joining the program’s top-10 goals list and his 184 points are second among current seniors.
Williams was also honored by the CWPA for the first time after totaling 41 saves against just 30 goals allowed over the weekend. He crossed the 100-save plateau for the season and is now above a .500 save percentage both this season and in his career.
Against Johns Hopkins, Williams came one shy of his career high with 14 saves. He also helped hold Princeton to its lowest goal total this season against a team other than UCLA or USC in a 12-5 Bucknell win.
A first-year starter, Williams has posted seven double-figure save performances this fall, including two this past weekend.
Bucknell wrapped up the home portion of its schedule this past weekend. The Bison will head to California for five games next weekend (Oct. 25-27). They will play at Pacific and then four games as part of the Santa Clara Rodeo. Bucknell (10-4, 5-3 CWPA) will enter the weekend on a four-game winning streak.