CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – For the second year in a row, Bucknell's Christian Klipstein, Reed Malas and Will Sands were voted to the Academic All-Patriot League Team, the league office announced Wednesday afternoon.
With their three Academic All-Patriot League honorees, the Bison tied Loyola for the league high. Two of those three, Malas and Sands, previously received All-Patriot League laurels, with Sands making the First Team for the second-straight season and Malas earning a spot on the Second Team.
A Psychology major, Klipstein started all 15 of Bucknell's games in net, posting a 9-3 record and 9.11 goals against average. The junior made 111 saves, reaching the double digits in three outings. His finest performance of the campaign came during the Bison's overtime upset at No. 3 Yale; over the course of that contest, he stopped 11 shots, with two coming when the score was knotted at eight apiece.
This is Klipstein's fourth Patriot League award, as he was named to the 2017 and 2016 All-Patriot League Second Teams and the 2017 Academic All-Patriot League Team.
Malas, an Accounting & Financial Management major who boasts the highest GPA on the team (3.95), has now made the Academic All-Patriot League Team both seasons he was eligible to be honored. This season, he set new career highs in goals (22), assists (12) and points (34) and earned his first All-Patriot League nod. His number of assists stands second among Bison while his point total is good for fourth. The midfielder has registered at least one point in 13 of Bucknell's 15 games, topping out at seven (5g-2a) against Lafayette. He was also instrumental in Bucknell's victories over then No. 6 Loyola and then No. 15/20 Army West Point; he recorded five points (3g-2a) against the Greyhounds and followed up that effort with four (3g-1a) against the Black Knights.
Sands has put together one of the finest offensive seasons in Bucknell's 50-year history. He currently owns 75 points on 20 goals and a school-record 55 assists. One of only four Bison to eclipse the 70-point threshold in a single campaign, he is the national leader in assists and ranks fifth in points. The senior attacker has registered at least one point in all 15 of Bucknell's games, notching at least five in six. He topped out at 10 points (3g-7a) against Boston University on March 17, which was one shy of the Bison single-game record.
Over the course of the 2018 campaign, Sands has reached a number of career milestones. He became the third Bison to eclipse the 200-point plateau, the fifth to register at least 100 assists and the sixth to net his 100th career goal. His career total of 243 points, which came on 102 goals and a school-record 141 assists, is fifth among active Division I players. It is also second in Bucknell's 50-year history.
Sands was previously recognized on the 2017 All-Patriot League First and Academic Teams and the 2016 All-Patriot League Second and Tournament Teams. A two-time member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List, he was honored as a 2018 Midseason Third Team All-American by Inside Lacrosse.
The Bison, who boast an 11-4 (7-1 Patriot League) record and shared the Patriot League regular-season title with Loyola and Navy, are currently awaiting their NCAA Tournament fate. Because of the goal differential between the three co-champions, they were seeded third in the Patriot League Tournament; on Tuesday, they were upset in the quarterfinals by sixth-seeded Boston University.
In 2018, Bucknell reached the double digits in victories for the sixth time in Frank Fedorjaka's tenure as head coach and went an impressive 5-1 against nationally ranked opponents during the regular season. Most notably, the Bison knocked off then No. 3 Yale (9-8 OT) and then No. 6 Loyola (12-11) on the road. They rose as high as 10th in both the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Coaches' Poll and the Inside Lacrosse Maverik Media Listing, their highest national ranking since the 2013 campaign.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Conor Gaffney, Lehigh, So., FO
Academic All-Patriot League Team
Griffin Schultz, Army West Point, Jr., D
Joe McSorley, Boston University, So., GK
Jack Wilson, Boston University, Sr., A
Reed Malas, Bucknell, Jr., M
Will Sands, Bucknell, Sr., A
Christian Klipstein, Bucknell, Jr., GK
Will Blumenberg, Colgate, Jr., M
Conor Walters, Lafayette, Jr., A
Conor Gaffney, Lehigh, So., FO
Foster Huggins, Loyola Maryland, Sr., D
Jared Mintzlaff, Loyola Maryland, Sr., M
Brian Begley, Loyola Maryland, Sr., SSDM