Army's Brendan Buckley was named the 2011-12 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year Thursday.
June 28, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army men’s lacrosse player Brendan Buckley has been named the 2011-12 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced Thursday. Buckley earned the prestigious honor after being named the 2012 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s lacrosse in the spring. The voting was conducted by one sports information director from each school around the League who could not vote for their own student-athletes.
Buckley, who competed in his junior season in 2012, emerged as Army’s top close defenseman during the spring campaign. A first-team All-Patriot League selection by the head coaches, Buckley led the League and finished the season ranked eighth in the nation averaging 2.0 caused turnovers per game. One of his brightest single-game efforts of the year came April 7, when he logged a career-high five caused turnovers in the Black Knights’ thrilling 6-5 double-overtime victory at nationally-ranked Bucknell in front of a national television audience on CBS Sports Network. He was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week the following Monday.
Buckley started all 15 of Army’s games this season, guiding the Black Knights defense that finished fourth in the League and 23rd nationally in yielding 9.33 goals per contest. His individual responsibilities were a tall order in every outing, as Buckley was charged with marking the opposition’s most prolific offensive threat. His individual matchups included Cornell’s Rob Pannell, the 2011 Enners Award winner, along with Navy’s Tucker Hull and Bucknell’s Billy Eisenreich during League play.
Buckley’s performance in the classroom has been just as impressive. The Massapequa, N.Y., native owns a 3.992 cumulative grade-point average majoring in engineering management. A two-time member of the Academic All-League squad, Buckley earned his first placement on the Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team in at-large sports this spring. Currently ranked 16th in his class, Buckley has been a member of the Dean’s List in all six of his semesters at West Point, and has been recognized by the academy with its Distinguished Cadet Award and its Superintendent’s Award for Excellence. Moreover, he won 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.
In addition to his exceptional academic and athletic performances, Buckley also serves his fellow cadets in a variety of ways. 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. Under the supervision of the Academic Officer, Buckley assists with the coordination of academic matters within his company, including running study groups and identifying tutors among the group of 120 cadets.
Buckley becomes the third Black Knight named to the overall Male Scholar-Athlete award in four years and the fifth overall, tying Navy for the most in the League. Bucknell and Colgate have each had four student-athletes named to the overall men’s honor. Buckley is also the second men’s lacrosse student-athlete from Army to capture the overall Scholar-Athlete honor in the last three years, as Andrew Maisano was named to the laurel in 2010.
The winner of each sport's Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is put in the running towards the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, with the League's sports information directors selecting one male and one female for the award. Others in contention for the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award were Lafayette senior Ryan Willen (men’s basketball), Lehigh senior Evans Kosgei (cross country), Bucknell senior Tim Bolte (football), American senior Matt Makowski (soccer), Bucknell junior Christian Treat (swimming and diving), Bucknell junior J.J. Szmadzinski (golf), Lehigh junior Andrew Krentz (tennis), Navy senior Cody Rome (indoor track and field), Army senior Thomas Wagner (outdoor track and field) and Army senior Zach Price (baseball). All class years are from the 2011-12 academic year.
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, 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 are not eligible for this honor.