February 8, 2011

Bucknell Names Tri-Captains for 2011

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell men's lacrosse coached Frank Fedorjaka has announced the election of seniors Jake Clarke (Cos Cob, Conn./Greenwich), John Collett (Randolph, N.J./Delbarton) and Ryan Klipstein (Califon, N.J./Rutgers Prep) as team captains for the 2011 season. All three are returning starters for a Bison squad that was ranked 20th nationally in Inside Lacrosse's preseason poll.

"Each captain brings a little something different to the table, but they all have excellent leadership qualities," said Fedorjaka. "Together, they provide exactly what we need both on and off the field."

One of the nation's top faceoff men and short-stick defensive midfielders, Clarke was one of two Bison named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America team (junior Charlie Streep is the other). With a year left to play, Clarke is already Bucknell's career leader in ground balls (192) and faceoff percentage (.595). Last season he set a school record by winning 61.7 percent of his faceoffs, the second-best mark in all of Division I lacrosse.

A First Team All-Patriot League selection in both 2009 and 2010, Clarke broke the school record with 98 ground balls as a sophomore, and then he had 83 more in 12 games last year to ranks fourth in the nation in that category.

"Jake Clarke is a guy who is extremely committed from a physical fitness standpoint," said Fedorjaka. "There is no way anybody could work harder than Jake. He has taken on a leadership role on the team, and he is also playing his best lacrosse entering his senior year."

Collett will be a starting close defenseman for the third straight year in 2011. An outstanding cover man who is also very strong on clears, Collett was a big part of a Bucknell defense that ranked third in the nation in goals-against (7.93) a year ago.

"John is one of those outstanding players who leads by example," said Fedorjaka. "He is extremely coachable, humble and hard-working. He just has outstanding character. He is in terrific physical condition and brings a level of toughness to the defense."

Klipstein is coming off a breakout offensive season in 2010, when he scored 34 goals en route to First Team All-Patriot League honors. The 34 goals were second-most in the Patriot League and 15th-most in the nation, and the total was the highest ever by a Bison midfielder. Klipstein tied the Bucknell and Patriot League records with an eight-goal game against Lafayette, and he is expected to be a big part of the team's offense again in 2011.

"Ryan is a very cerebral player," said Fedorjaka. "He rarely makes a mental mistake, so as a captain he can hold his teammates accountable for their decisions. He practices very hard, he has a great rapport with the coaches and he is a playmaker on the field."

Collett and Klipstein were co-recipients of the 2010 Patriot League Sportsmanship Award, recognizing their creation of the "A Bison Never Forgets" program, which is set up to raise funds to send care packages to former college lacrosse players now serving overseas in the armed forces.

The Bison head to Charlottesville, Va., this weekend to scrimmage Virginia and Georgetown, and then the team opens up the 2011 regular season at home against Canisius on Feb. 19.

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