Bucknell, USC Each Earn Two Week 9 Conference Honors

It was a big week for goal scorers, with 40 performances of four of more tallies, plus an additional 65 hat tricks across 40 contests.

Bucknell’s Rade Joksimovic notched nine goals in a 15-7 win over Johns Hopkins to lead all individual game efforts, earning Mid-Atlantic Offensive Player of the Week nods.

Joksimovic’s teammate Andu Vlasceanu also picked up conference accolades from the MAWPC, earning Rookie of the Week honors as the team topped LaSalle (21-3) and Johns Hopkins (15-7) in league matchups.

USC also had two players receive conference honors as goalie Nic Porter and driver Marcus Longton earned recognition after the Trojans took down #1 Stanford and #12 San Jose State.

Here’s a look at the selections for each league.

Golden Coast Conference

Player of the Week: Djordje Stanic, Pacific – Put in a season-high four goals as the Tigers edged #6 Long Beach State on Friday.

CWPA Mid-Atlantic Water Polo Conference

Offensive Player of the Week: Rade Joksimovic, Bucknell – Tallied 12 goals and three assists as the Bison went 2-0; racked up nine scores, eight steals and an assist in a 21-3 win over La Salle; added a hat trick including his 100th goal of the season in a 15-7 win over Johns Hopkins.

Rookie of the Week: Andu Vlasceanu, Bucknell – Notched five goals, three assists and four drawn ejections vs. La Salle and Johns Hopkins; put in three goals and two assists in a 21-3 win vs. the Explorers; dropped in two goals, one assist and four ejections drawn in a 15-7 win over the Bluejays.

MPSF

Player of the Week: Nic Porter, USC – Notched a career-high 20 saves and a .714 save percentage as USC upset #1 Stanford 9-8 on Saturday; recorded nine saves in a 17-9 win over #12 San Jose State

Newcomer of the Week: Marcus Longton, USC – Logged a hat trick in the Trojans’ 9-8 upset over #1 Stanford; added two goals in a 17-9 win over #12 San Jose State

Northeast Water Polo Conference

Player of the Week: Armen Deirmenjian, Brown – Racked up nine goals on the week, including a six goal, effort in a 17-12 win over Iona; registered one assist, one steal and two field blocks against the Gaels as well; tacked on two goals, three steals and two drawn ejections in an 11-10 win over #17 St. Francis Brooklyn; put in one goal and notched a steal and a field block in a 10-8 upset of #18 Princeton.

Defensive Player of the Week: Noah Hodge, Harvard – Tallied 37 saves and two steals as the Crimson defeated #17 St. Francis Brooklyn and #18 Princeton (10-6); posted 17 saves against the Terriers and made 20 stops vs. the Tigers.

Rookie of the Week: Nikola Nikolic, St. Francis Brooklyn – Totalled four goals and two assists as the Terriers topped Iona (16-10) and MIT (12-11 2 OT) and fell to Harvard (14-7) and Brown (11-10); put in a goal in each match; managed two assists in the weekend finale vs. Brown.

Southern California Intercollegiate Athletics Conference

Offensive Player of the Week: Graham Asalone, Chapman – Amassed 10 goals and four assists in a 23-20 win over Occidental and a 10-9 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; put in five goals in each game.

Defensive Player of the Week: Dylan Woodhouse, Whittier – Made 13 saves in a 19-7 win over Occidental.

Western Water Polo Association

Player of the Week: Jonah Addington, UC Davis – Made 15 saves and tacked on two steals in an 12-5 win over Santa Clara

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