Honors and Awards
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (Oct. 16)
BIG EAST All-Freshman
2017: Made 10 starts out of 11 match appearances, notching an assist and a goal ... Provided essential backline help as Marquette topped St. John's 1-0 in double OT (Oct. 14) ... Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Oct. 16 after missing five games due to injury ... Started first six games of the season as true freshman before getting an injury ... Scored his first goal of the season in a win over Creighton (Oct. 25) ... Assisted on Grant Owens' goal at DePaul (Nov. 1)
Prior to Marquette: Attended high school at J.S. Bach-Gymnasium Mannheim … Worked his way through the U-18 and U-23 levels of the Bundesliga youth professional leagues, last playing for FC Astoria Walldorf since 2015 … Appeared in 21 matches last season, earning 13 starts and scored one goal.
Personal: Born in Mannheim, Germany … Son of Viktor and Anita Cukaj … Has three siblings, Teresa, Frank and Kora … Plans to study civil engineering.