June 6, 2013
TOWSON, Md. - The postseason awards for recently commissioned second lieutenant Brendan Buckley continue to pour in even after the lacrosse standout's graduation two weeks ago. In a Thursday morning announcement, Buckley became the first Army player to garner Capital One Academic All-American of the Year plaudits in the at-large category. Buckley also repeated as a first team Academic All-America honoree.
A two-time first team Academic All-America selection, Buckley rose to the top of an impressive at-large list that includes athletes from the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo for both men and women; bowling, crew and field hockey for women; and volleyball and wrestling for men. Swimmer Elizabeth Beisel of the University of Florida copped the title on the women's side.
"First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Brendan on this tremendous accomplishment," said Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan. "What he has meant to the Academy and our lacrosse program is nothing less than extraordinary.
"While this remarkable honor speaks volumes about Brendan's personal commitment to excellence, he is a product of the positive culture of Army lacrosse and West Point itself. He thrived in both environments in part due to the mentorship, guidance and support of head coach Joe Alberici, the Department of Systems Engineering, USCC and the Corps of Cadets. We're not only thrilled for Brendan, but for his teammates and all of West Point as well."
Buckley and Army hockey player Cheyne Rocha represented the Academy on the At-Large Academic All-America first team. Buckley is one of three Army athletes to earn two career first team citations, joining Elizabeth Betterbed (women's soccer; 2008 and 2009) and Erin Anthony (women's basketball; 2010 and 2011). Army has copped 27 first team citations since 1955. The Black Knights join Ohio State as the only two institutions with two first-team mentions in 2013, while Buckley was the only lacrosse player to make the cut.
A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Buckley's growing resume includes a plethora of national awards in the 2013 Men's Lacrosse Senior CLASS Award, United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar-All-America, USILA third team All-America and now Academic All-American of the Year as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Buckley graduated 10th in his class of 1,077 cadets, carried a 3.987 grade-point average in Engineering Management and begins his service as a Field Artillery officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
During his time at West Point, Buckley was awarded the Distinguished Cadet Award and the Superintendent's Award for Excellence based on his overall efforts in academics, military science, military development and physical fitness. He also spearheaded a cadet mentorship program that has included trips to a local elementary school for reading and playing sports with the students, along with being an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Buckley was a three-year starter and led Army with 19 caused turnovers in his final season. The lockdown defender was one of two Army players taken in the Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft and was a first team All-Patriot League choice twice. The 2013 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year made his MLL debut with the Boston Cannons last week.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team
Brendan Buckley, Army, lacrosse
Cheyne Rocha, Army, hockey
Steve Bonanno, Hofstra, wrestling
Matt Brown, Penn State, wrestling
Josh Ihnene, Nebraska, wrestling
Nathan Anderson, North Dakota State, golf
Cory Whitsett, Alabama, golf
Greg Anders, Notre Dame, tennis
Victor Valente, Georgia State, tennis
Nick Bailen, Rensselaer, hockey
Alex Lendrum, Southern California, swimming
Kyle Owens, Auburn, swimming
Jackson Hummeldorf, Navy, water polo
Michael Newburger, Ohio State, gymnastics
Maxwell Stearns, Ohio State, fencing