LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s soccer team’s commitment to scholar-athlete excellence was highlighted on Wednesday, as Zack Rockmore was named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Rockmore was joined by classmate Sebastiaan Blickman on the Patriot League All-Academic Team, as the Bison earn two spots on the 11-player squad, tied for most in the league.
It is the second consecutive year that the Patriot League Scholar Athlete of the Year recipient wears orange and blue, as Jesse Klug earned the citation last season. Rockmore becomes the fourth Bucknell player to earn the accolade, joining Klug, Greg Beatty and Jonathan Hemmert.
Rockmore carries a 3.77 GPA in economics and is a two-year Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member. On campus, he is an active participant in the Bucknell Bison Leadership Institute and was one of three Bison student-athletes selected to attend the U.S. Naval Leadership Conference back in January.
On the pitch, Rockmore has been an integral member of the Bison back line. A First Team All-Patriot League honoree, Rockmore has started in all 20 contests, playing the full distance 17 times. He made a key deflection in the 96th minute of the team’s quarterfinal victory over Boston University on Tuesday to force double overtime. In addition to his strong play on defense, the senior has scored three goals, including game-winners against Sacred Heart and Navy, while converting the game-clinching penalty kick against the Terriers.
Blickman earns Patriot League All-Academic Team honors for the second consecutive season. The tri captain carries a 3.65 GPA in political science and Spanish, and is a three-year member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
On the field, Blickman has been one of the Patriot League’s most prolific strikers. A Second Team All-Patriot League honoree, Blickman leads the Patriot League in points (24) and ranks second in goals (10). Blickman recorded Bucknell’s first hat-trick since 2008 in a contest at Colgate, while giving Bucknell a 1-0 advantage in PKs after converting on his attempt in the opening round.
Bucknell (7-10-3) advanced to the Patriot League Tournament semifinal game after defeating Boston University 4-1 in PKs on Tuesday, setting up a date with top-seeded American on Friday at 11 a.m. The contest will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.