LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell's Rade Joksimovic was named the Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference East Region's Most Valuable Player for the second-straight season, the league office announced Friday afternoon.
Joksimovic, who became the first East Coast player to earn both Player and Rookie of the Year honors in the same season a year ago, was among four Bison honored by the MAWPC in advance of the 2017 tournament. Charlie Niehaus, a 2016 All-MAWPC Second Team selection, joined Joksimovic on the 2017 First Team while Cooper Dolan and Jeff Hagen were voted to the All-MAWPC Second Team.
Rade Joksimovic is your MAWPC East MVP for the second year in a row! He was `joined by Charlie Niehaus, Cooper Dolan and Jeff Hagen on the all-conference team.— Bucknell Athletics (@Bucknell_Bison) November 17, 2017
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Joksimovic is Bucknell's leader in goals (90), points (124) and steals (79). The sophomore, who scored 154 goals in 2016, has the chance to become only the third Bison to score at least 100 goals in more than one season. The previous two, Scott Schulte (184 in 1980, 154 in 1977, 127 in 1978, 121 in 1979) and Jeff Hilk (108 in 1983, 104 in 1985), are members of the Bucknell Athletics Hall of Fame.
Joksimovic's 76 steals is tied for the second-highest single-season total in Bucknell history. He is tied for seventh in school history in career steals (155) and needs just 10 to climb into a tie for fifth.
Niehaus has made 267 saves this season, which is tied for eighth in school history. The senior, who has started every game over the past three seasons, stands third in career saves with 822. One of only four Bison who has eclipsed the 800-save plateau, he needs 12 to claim sole possession of second.
Dolan has enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign and currently ranks third on the team in goals (34) and points (53). Hagen, a senior leader, has paced the Bison in exclusions drawn (53) by a wide margin while also contributing 40 points (36g-4a). On the strength of his performance this season, he climbed to second from fourth in career drawn exclusions (223); he is one just two Bison to draw more than 200 over the course of his collegiate career.
Joksimovic, Dolan, Hagen, Niehaus and the Bison begin their MAWPC tournament title defense today at 3 p.m.
Most Valuable Player: Rade Joksimovic (Bucknell)
Coach of the Year: Bill Harris (Fordham)
Rookie of the Year: Massimiliano Mirachi (Fordham)
Charlie Niehaus (Goalie) - Bucknell
Rade Joksimovic - Bucknell
Jake Miller-Tolt - Fordham
Massmiilano Mirachi - Fordham
Andrew Mavis - George Washington
Atakan Destici - George Washington
Jasmin Kolasinc - Wagner
Alexander Jahns (Goalie) - Fordham
John Wilson (Goalie) - Johns Hopkins
Giorgio Cico - Johns Hopkins
Finn Banks - Johns Hopkins
Jeff Hagen - Bucknell
Cooper Dolan - Bucknell
Taylor Bernhardt - Navy
Ciaran Wolohan - Wagner