July 9, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Army senior men’s lacrosse student-athlete Brendan Buckley has been named the 2012-13 Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced Tuesday by the League office. Buckley earned the prestigious honor after being named the 2013 Scholar-Athlete of the Year in his sport in the spring. The voting was conducted by one sports information director from each school around the League who could not cast a ballot for their own student-athletes.
Buckley becomes the third repeat winner of the Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor, joining Colgate’s Ray Appenheimer and Dan Conti of Holy Cross. Appenheimer was named co-winner for the 1992-93 academic year and repeated in 1993-94 as the sole designee, while Conti was named for 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Buckley extends Army’s recent success with the honor, as he is the fourth from West Point in five years to claim the accolade. Army now has a League-best six Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, one ahead of Navy.
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Buckley competed in his senior season in 2013 and was once again the Black Knights’ top close defenseman. Named the Defensive Player of the Year by the head coaches, he also garnered first-team All-Patriot League status and finished the season starting all 14 contests with 24 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers to go with a pair of goals. Buckley maintained his per-game averages during League play with 11 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in six contests. A tri-captain this past season, Buckley earned third-team All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and was named the team’s most valuable player. In one of Buckley’s most impressive performances, he held then-reigning Tewaaraton and Enners winner Peter Baum of Colgate without a point to snap a 54-game point-scoring streak on March 31. Before the season he was selected 54th overall by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse draft.
Buckley complemented his on-field achievements with a plethora of impressive academic accomplishments. He graduated with honors in May with a 3.987 grade-point average with a degree in engineering management. This season the senior was named the 2013 Capital One At-Large Men’s Academic All-American of the Year by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) after earning his second straight first-team Academic All-America selection. In late April he garnered his third consecutive Academic All-League citation and was named the League’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men’s lacrosse for the second straight season. He rounded out his senior season by collecting the Senior CLASS Award and a place on the USILA Scholar All-American team. A four-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll, Buckley earned various honors at West Point including the Distinguished Cadet Award, Superintendent’s Award for Excellence, being named a Dean’s Pentathlete and membership in the Epsilon Mu Eta National Engineering Management Honor Society.
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 Bucknell senior Mike Muscala (basketball), Navy senior Chris Galvin (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field), Colgate senior Chris Looney (football), American junior Colin Seigfreid (soccer), Bucknell senior Christian Treat (swimming and diving), Lehigh senior Andrew Krentz (tennis), Navy junior Chris House (golf) and Holy Cross senior Jordan Enos (baseball). All class years are from the 2012-13 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.