April 24, 2013
Senior CLASS Award - Vote For Brendan Buckley!
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - On the hinges of garnering Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year honors yesterday, senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley repeated as the conference's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in an announcement by league officials Wednesday morning. Boasting a near-perfect grade-point average, Buckley was also one of 12 players, a group which included fellow team captain Andrew Boyd, to earn Academic All-Patriot League honors.
Buckley and Boyd scored a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the third year in a row. Buckley is the fifth Army player to be named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and second Black Knight to repeat, joining Dominic Nogic (2001), Mike Kamon (2003), Scott Rosenshein (2008 and 2009) and Andrew Maisano (2010). Army players have copped the award in five of the last six years.
A Senior CLASS Award finalist, Buckley carries a 3.987 cumulative grade-point average and ranks 11th in his class of over 1,000 First Class cadets. He posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester and was a first team Academic All-American last spring.
Named the 2013 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday morning, Buckley has been named to the Dean's List all seven semesters at West Point and has been honored with the Distinguished Cadet Award and Superintendent's Award for Excellence. An Engineering major, Buckley branched Field Artillery and posted with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
A Massapequa, N.Y., native, he serves as a team tri-captain and spent last semester as a Battalion Commander within the Corps of Cadets. In that role, he was in charge of overseeing the overall performance of more than 350 cadets. Buckley has also mentored, monitored and counseled cadets who were struggling academically as his company's academic NCO (non-commissioned officer).
In addition, Buckley spearheaded a cadet mentorship program within his battalion, which led to cadets regularly visiting the West Point Elementary School to read to students, play sports and provide them with young mentors. He has also taken part in free youth lacrosse clinics at West Point for four years and is active in the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
When it comes to Buckley's efforts on the field, they are equally as impressive. A three-year starter and anchor of Army's close defense, he was drafted by the Boston Cannons with the 54th overall pick in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Buckley is a preseason All-America (honorable mention) pick and garnered first team All-Patriot League honors for the second year in a row this week.
This season, he leads the team with 19 caused turnovers and has played lock-down defense against some of the top attackmen in the nation. Included in that group is fellow Senior CLASS Award finalist Peter Baum of Colgate, who Buckley stymied in a 10-4 win at Colgate on Easter Sunday. In his finest performance of the season, the close defenseman held Baum without a point for the first time in 54 games. Buckley has started all 12 games this year, has earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week plaudits twice and is coming off a career-high two goal effort in a win at Holy Cross last Saturday.
Carrying a 3.778 GPA in Systems Engineering, Boyd ranks 67th in the West Point Class of 2013. He is a two-time Patriot League Academic honor roll member and has earned the Distinguished Cadet Award, Superintendent's Award for Excellence, Dean's Pentathlete and Kimsey Scholarship over the last four years.
A St. Louis, Mo., native, Boyd branched Field Artillery and will join Buckley in Germany to begin his service in the U.S. Army. The senior midfielder has played in all 12 games, starting seven, and scored five goals in four different games this season.
Coming off back-to-back wins, the Black Knights earned their first national ranking of the season at No. 19 in this week's USILA Coaches Poll. The third-seeded Black Knights face No. 2 Bucknell in Friday's first semifinal game of the Patriot League Tournament. Face-off is set for 4:30 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. The game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.
2013 Academic All-Patriot League
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.
Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Brendan Buckley, Army