Army's Brendan Buckley was named the Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's lacrosse for the second straight season.
April 24, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – One day after being named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, Army senior Brendan Buckley added to his haul Wednesday morning when he was named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight season and earned one of 12 spots on the Academic All-League team.
The awards are voted on by the League’s sports information directors in men’s lacrosse who cannot vote for their own student-athletes.
Lehigh, which is hosting this weekend’s Patriot League Tournament, led with three selections named to the Academic All-League team. Army, Bucknell and Colgate, which also qualified for the four-team field, placed two apiece. Holy Cross, Lafayette and Navy had one apiece, so each of the seven men’s lacrosse schools are represented on the team.
Buckley becomes the League’s fourth back-to-back Scholar-Athlete of the Year in the sport, and first since Army’s Scott Rosenshein in 2008-09. He has started all 12 of his team’s games on defense this season with 21 groundballs and 19 caused turnovers. Buckley earned first-team All-League laurels Tuesday in addition to his Defensive Player of the Year nod. As Army’s top close defenseman, he is charged with marking the opposition’s primary offensive player. In the Black Knights’ 10-4 win at Colgate March 31, Buckley guarded reigning Tewaaraton and Enners winner Peter Baum and held him off the scoresheet to snap a 54-game point-scoring streak.
He’s had a series of impressive individual performances during the season. In Saturday’s 14-5 win at Holy Cross that clinched the Black Knights a berth in the League Tournament, Buckley posted his first career multi-goal game with two tallies in transition. He recorded a career-high five caused turnovers during his team’s regular-season matchup with Lehigh back in March. Buckley was a preseason All-League choice by the coaches, and also earned preseason All-America honors.
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Buckley has a 3.987 cumulative grade-point average at Army while majoring in engineering management. In addition to being named Scholar-Athlete of the Year last season as a junior, he earned the League’s overall Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor and was tabbed as a Capital One First-Team Academic All-America selection from the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). He is making his third appearances on the Academic All-League squad, and is one of three League student-athletes named a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award. He ranks 11th in his class of 1,079 at West Point, where he has been honored with the Distinguished Cadet Award, the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence and the Dean’s Pentathlete honor. Upon his graduation Buckley will enter the field artillery branch of the U.S. Army and begin serving in Germany.
Five of the 12 to earn Academic All-League distinction were also recognized Tuesday with All-League honors from the head coaches. In addition to Buckley, Colgate senior Peter Baum was named to the first team, while Bucknell senior Mike Huffner, and Lehigh senior Ryan Snyder and junior Ty Souders garnered second-team laurels.
Baum and Huffner are both finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. The former is a geography major with a 3.61 GPA at Colgate, while the latter is majoring in biology at Bucknell with a 3.52 GPA. Souders owns a 3.43 at Lehigh while majoring in finance, and Snyder studies finance with a minor in applied mathematics with a 3.26 GPA.
The rest of the Academic All-League squad is comprised of student-athletes who have had exceptional performances in the classroom. Army’s Andrew Boyd, a senior, is majoring in systems engineering with a 3.778 GPA; Bucknell junior Todd Heritage has a 3.33 GPA majoring in environmental studies with a minor in political science; Colgate senior James Queeney boasts a 4.17 GPA majoring in mathematics; Terry McKenna, a sophomore at Holy Cross, has a 3.70 GPA as an economics major; Lafayette junior Jake Hyatt majors in engineering and economics with a 3.63 GPA; Baxter Lanius, a senior at Lehigh, majors in finance with a 3.63 GPA; and Navy junior Erik Hoffstadt has a 3.97 GPA as an honors systems engineering major.
To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.
2013 Patriot League Academic Awards in Men’s Lacrosse
Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Brendan Buckley, Army, Sr.
Andrew Boyd, Army, Sr.
Brendan Buckley, Army, Sr. *
Mike Huffner, Bucknell, Sr. *
Todd Heritage, Bucknell, Jr.
James Queeney, Colgate, Sr.
Peter Baum, Colgate, Sr. *
Terry McKenna, Holy Cross, So.
Jake Hyatt, Lafayette, Jr.
Baxter Lanius, Lehigh, Sr.
Ryan Snyder, Lehigh, Sr. *
Ty Souders, Lehigh, Jr. *
Erik Hoffstadt, Navy, Jr.
* - Also named to All-League team