April 25, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Junior defenseman Brendan Buckley of Army was named the 2012 Patriot Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s lacrosse and was one of 14 student-athletes named to the Academic All-League team, it was announced Wednesday afternoon. The awards are voted on by sports information directors from around the League who cannot cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.
Now in its second year, the Academic All-Patriot League Team was added for all sports beginning in the 2010-11 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. The Men's Lacrosse Academic All-Patriot League Team has 12 student-athletes to equal the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team.
Because of a tie in the voting, there are 14 members of the 2012 team.
Six of the League’s seven schools that play men’s lacrosse are represented. Colgate, which is hosting this weekend’s Patriot League Tournament, featured a League-high four student-athletes on the Academic All-League team, while Army has three. Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh tied with two apiece, while Navy placed one.
Colgate’s four representatives on the team were led by senior Kevin Gordon, who was joined by juniors Peter Baum, Robert Grabher and James Queeney. Accompanying Boyd on the list from Army were senior James MacGibbon and junior Andrew Boyd. Bucknell’s representatives were senior Jason Neithamer and junior Mike Huffner, while senior Roman Lao-Gosney and sophomore Ty Souders made the team from Lehigh. Lafayette placed senior Doug Prusoff and sophomore Jake Hyatt on the squad, while the team was rounded out by Navy senior Logan West.
Boyd, Buckley, Baum, Queeney and Lao-Gosney were all members of the inaugural Academic All-League team a year ago.
On the field, Buckley emerged as Army’s top close defensemen this season in guiding the Black Knights back to the Patriot League Tournament for the eighth straight season. He was named first-team All-Patriot League Tuesday by the head coaches after leading the Black Knights and ranking 10th in the country with 2.08 caused turnovers per game. One of his best performances of the season came April 7 at Bucknell, when he logged a career-high five caused turnovers in Army’s 6-5 win over the Bison in double overtime. He was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after that showing. Buckley’s responsibilities every game this season has been to mark his opponents’ top scoring threat.
Buckley has excelled inside the classroom as well. A member of the Dean’s List in each of his five semesters at West Point so far, the Massapequa, N.Y., native ranks 16th in the Class of 2013, and has earned both the Distinguished Cadet Award and the Superintendent’s Award for Excellence during his academic career. He’s also earned the Dean’s Pentathlete Award, which is presented to a very small number of cadets who achieve at least an A-minus grade in all courses in academic, military science, military development and physical education.
Buckley carries a 3.992 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in engineering management at Army. He served as a Battalion Sergeant Major in the fall, the highest position a junior cadet can achieve. As his company’s academic non-commissioned officer, he monitors and mentors cadets who are struggling academically, and he assists with organizing and facilitating measures to aid those in academic need.
All 14 members of the Academic All-League team have performed excellently in the classroom. MacGibbon owns a 3.992 cumulative GPA at Army studying systems engineering, while Boyd, also a systems engineering major, owns a 3.84 GPA. Huffner and Neithamer have shined in the Bucknell classrooms as well, with Huffner owning a 3.52 GPA as a biology major, while Neithamer studies economics with a 3.42 GPA. Queeney studies mathematics at Colgate with a 4.15 GPA, while Baum owns a 3.54 GPA as a geography major, Gordon studies economics with a 3.79 GPA and Grabher, a political science major, has a 3.60 GPA. At Lafayette, Prusoff is an American studies major with a 3.54 GPA and Hyatt owns a 3.60 majoring in engineering. Lao-Gosney owns a 3.31 GPA while studying philosophy at Lehigh, while Souders, his teammate, majors in business with a 3.37 GPA. West studies systems engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy with a 3.33 GPA.
Several student-athletes in addition to Buckley also earned All-League honors Tuesday in addition to their Academic All-League honors Wednesday. Baum, Huffner, Grabher, Lao-Gosney and Souders were all named first-team All-League Tuesday, with Baum collecting the additional honor of Offensive Player of the Year.
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.
2012 Patriot League Men’s Lacrosse Academic Awards
Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Brendan Buckley, Army, Jr.
Academic All-Patriot League*
Andrew Boyd, Army, Jr. ^
Brendan Buckley, Army, Jr. ^
James MacGibbon, Army, Sr.
Mike Huffner, Bucknell, Jr.
Jason Neithamer, Bucknell, Sr.
Peter Baum, Colgate, Jr. ^
Kevin Gordon, Colgate, Sr.
Robert Grabher, Colgate, Jr.
James Queeney, Colgate, Jr. ^
Jake Hyatt, Lafayette, So.
Doug Prusoff, Lafayette, Sr.
Roman Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, Sr. ^
Ty Souders, Lehigh, So.
Logan West, Navy, Sr.
* - 14 members due to a tie in the voting.
^ - Two-time member of Academic All-League Team