LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell's Rade Joksimovic was recognized as an Honorable Mention All-American by the Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches, the organization announced Thursday afternoon.
Joksimovic, who as a freshman received Third Team All-America laurels, recorded 141 points (106g-35a) during the 2017 campaign. With his 106 goals, he became only the third Bison to reach the 100-goal plateau in more than one season, joining Bucknell Athletics and Collegiate Water Polo Association Hall of Fame members Scott Schulte ’81 and Jeff Hilk ’86.
In 2017, Joksimovic led the Bison in goals, points and steals (86). He also drew 33 ejections and went 19-for-28 on sprints over the course of the season. His 86 steals rank second in school history while his 106 goals stand 10th.
Joksimovic's finest performance came during the first round of the MAWPC tournament. He led the Bison to a 15-4 rout of Mercyhurst with a season-high 10 points, a season-best nine of which were goals.
Previously, Joksimovic was tabbed as the MAWPC East Region's Most Valuable Player for the second-straight season. In addition, he was selected to the All-MAWPC East First Team and the All-MAWPC Tournament First Team.
A year ago, Joksimovic was honored as a Third Team All-American after recording 184 points (154g-30a), 76 steals and 36 ejections drawn. That point total stands fourth in school history; his number of goals is tied for the Bison's second-highest total with Schulte's 1977 effort.
Joksimovic will enter his junior campaign with 325 points (260g-65a), which places him just 25 outside of 10th in school history. His 260 goals rank fourth; he will have the chance to become only the third Bison to net at least 300 goals, joining Schulte (586), Hilk (334) and Garrin Kapecki ’86 (316). Joksimovic's 162 career steals rank sixth; he needs just three to crack Bucknell's top five.