April 23, 2014
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Bucknell senior Katelyn Miller became the first-ever three-time winner of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and earned one of 12 spots on the sport's Academic All-Patriot League Team announced on Wednesday.
The awards are voted on by the Patriot League's women's lacrosse sports information directors, who can not select their own student-athletes.
Miller was the only repeat selection on the Academic All-Patriot League squad, and became the fourth person in the four-year history of the team to make it in all three of her eligible seasons. Miller was one of nine seniors on the Academic All-Patriot League squad, with American's Emily Maher, Boston University's Sydney Godett, Bucknell's Sophie Kleinert, Holy Cross' Sara Hennessey, Lafayette's Laura Kleiber, Loyola's Marlee Paton and Katie Reinhard and Navy's Jill Coughlin, who also made the team in 2012, each making it in their final year. The squad also included Lehigh juniors Carli Sukonik and Lauren Willcox and Navy sophomore Katie Gallagher.
Miller had another standout season for the Bison as she earned second-team All-Patriot League honors in the midfield for the third year in a row. She led the Bison in goals (29), points (41), ground balls (36) and caused turnovers (33), ranking in the top five in the Patriot League in each of the latter categories. Miller will graduate ranked No. 2 on Bucknell's all-time points list with 177, tied for fifth in goals with 127, and fourth with 50 assists. She will also depart ranked second in school history in caused turnovers (101), third in draw controls (139) and sixth in ground balls (131).
A Biology major, Miller holds a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average and earned a 4.00 GPA in the fall semester. She will be attending the University of Maryland Dental School next year after working as an orthodontic technician last summer. Miller has been a recipient of the ECAC Merit Award and Charles White Prize for scholar-athletes, and has served as a tutor in physics and chemistry as well as a student athletic trainer at Bucknell. Miller also worked in the department of research at Johns Hopkins University in 2012.
Miller has spent her time volunteering at the Lewisburg Food Bank when she is on campus and Our Daily Bread homeless shelter in her native Baltimore when home on breaks. She is a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and a member of Bucknell Student Dining Committee and Do-RAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness), which conducts faculty appreciation days and spontaneous giveaways of food and drinks before 8 a.m. classes.
It is the fifth time in the past six seasons that a Bucknell student-athlete takes home the Patriot League Women's Scholar-Athlete of the Year award after Alyssa DeLorenz won the honor in 2009 and 2011. Bucknell's nine awards are more than any other women's lacrosse program.
Miller was one of eight Academic All-Patriot League selections who also made the All-Patriot League Team announced on Monday. Paton was named Patriot League Midfield Player of the Year and earned a spot on the first team along with Hennessey and Willcox, while Miller was on the second team along with Sukonik, Coughlin, Kleiber and Reinhard.
Each student-athlete has also excelled in the classroom. Maher holds a 3.58 GPA as a Political Science major at American, Godett has a 3.67 mark while majoring in Communications at Boston University, Kleinert has a 3.60 GPA as a Political Science major at Bucknell, Hennessey carries a 3.35 mark while majoring in Psychology at Holy Cross and Kleiber has a 3.34 GPA as an Economics and Art major at Lafayette. Among the three other schools with multiple honorees, Sukonik has a 3.70 GPA as a Design major and Willcox is at 3.72 while majoring in Biology at Lehigh, Paton carries a 3.457 mark and Reinhard is at 3.565 while both majoring in Communications at Loyola, and Coughlin is at 3.85 and Gallagher at 3.31 as both major in Oceanography at Navy.
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.
Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Katelyn Miller, Bucknell (Sr.)
Women's Lacrosse Academic All-Patriot League Team
Emily Maher, American (Sr.)
Sydney Godett, Boston University (Sr.)
Katelyn Miller, Bucknell (Sr.)
Sophie Kleinert, Bucknell (Sr.)
Sara Hennessey, Holy Cross (Sr.)
Laura Kleiber, Lafayette (Sr.)
Carli Sukonik, Lehigh (Jr.)
Lauren Willcox, Lehigh (Jr.)
Marlee Paton, Loyola (Sr.)
Katie Reinhard, Loyola (Sr.)
Jill Coughlin, Navy (Sr.)
Katie Gallagher, Navy (So.)