LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell freshman Rade Joksimovic this week added another prestigious honor to his growing list of accomplishments when he was named a Third Team All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches. Joksimovic is just the second Bison player to earn All-America honors, joining Hall of Famer Scott Schulte, who was a Second Team All-American in 1979 and 1980.
Bucknell has had a number of players earn Honorable Mention All-America plaudits, but Joksimovic is the first Bison to be listed on an All-America team since Schulte. Joksimovic was one of two East Coast players to earn spots on an All-America team this year, joining Harvard’s Joey Colton.
Joksimovic finished his rookie season with the Bison with 154 goals, 30 assists, 184 points, 76 steals, 36 ejections drawn and 23 sprints won. He ranks tied for second on the program’s single-season goals list with Schulte and fourth on the single-season points list. No player had joined either ledger in nearly 30 years.
The first East Coast player to earn his conference’s Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in the same season, Joksimovic was also named MVP and Rookie of the Tournament when he led Bucknell to the title at the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference Championship. The conference title helped the Bison earn an automatic berth to the NCAAs for the first time since 1985.
The winner of 16 weekly awards this season, Joksimovic had three double-figure goal games and broke the 17-year-old school record for goals in a game with 14 in a November win over Connecticut College. Joksimovic scored at least five goals in a game 18 times.
In a tight overtime loss at Harvard in the first round of the NCAA Championship, Joksimovic scored a team-high six goals, including the game-tying goal with 16 seconds remaining in regulation to send the contest to overtime.
Bucknell (23-5) put together one of the finest seasons in program history. The Bison won 20 games for the first time in a decade and qualified for the NCAA Championship for just the sixth time in program annals. Bucknell finished the season ranked 11th nationally.