Bucknell Men's Lacrosse BIO
3 Jarett Witzal
Enters 2019 as Bucknell's record holder in career faceoff wins (455), single-season faceoff wins (171, 2016), single-game faceoff wins (22, 2016), career faceoff attempts (839), single-season faceoff attempts (325, 2018) and single-season faceoff percentage (.6173, 2016) ... also third in career ground balls (180), fourth in career faceoff percentage (.542) and 10th in single-season ground balls (69, 2017).
2018 (Junior): Bucknell's primary faceoff specialist for the third-straight season ... won 154 of 325 draws for a .474 percentage ... set school record in faceoff attempts, becoming the first Bison to take more than 300 ... 154 wins good for third in school history ... won season-best 16 faceoffs against Lafayette ... won 15 faceoffs in upset at No. 6 Loyola ... took season-high 29 faceoffs at Bryant ... took at least 20 faceoffs in 11 of 15 games ... also led the Bison with 54 ground balls ... collected multiple ground balls in all but one game, topping out at seven against Boston University (PL Tournament) ... caused turnovers against Marist and at No. 15/20 Army West Point ... broke Bucknell's career records in faceoff wins and faceoff attempts over the course of the season ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2017 (Sophomore): Once again Bucknell's primary faceoff specialist ... won 130 of 237 draws for a .549 percentage ... 130 FO wins tied for sixth in Bucknell history ... led team with 69 ground balls ... ranked fifth in the Patriot League in both faceoff percentage and ground balls per game ... best game of season came in a Patriot League win over Lafayette, when he went 17-for-21 with 10 ground balls ... also had 17 FO wins (in 28 attempts) with nine ground balls in season-opening win over Delaware ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2016 (Freshman): 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.
Before Bucknell: 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.
Personal: Born Feb. 5, 1997 in Summit, N.J. ... parents are Mark and Helaine Witzal ... father played football at Montclair State ... majoring in economics.
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