June 28, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - When the Patriot League announced its men's lacrosse academic honor roll this week, seven Army players found their names listed amongst the conference's elite student-athletes. Included among them were 2012 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brendan Buckley, along with Patriot League All-Academic Team members Andrew Boyd and James MacGibbon.
The four remaining honorees included recently commissioned 2nd Lt. Matt Hurley, rising senior Matt Mezer and rising sophomores Sean Jollota and Tom Shade.
To be eligible for the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports.
On the hinges of a breakout season for the Army lacrosse team and a near-perfect grade-point average in the classroom, Buckley posted a gaudy 3.938 GPA in Engineering Management. A first team Capital One Academic All-America selection, Buckley's list of postseason accolades has continued to grow and also includes membership on the Patriot League All-Academic Team. Based on his standout efforts as Army's top close defenseman in 2012, Buckley garnered first team All-Patriot League honors and finished eighth in the nation averaging 2.0 caused turnovers per game.
Boyd, a rising senior majoring in Systems Engineering, managed a 3.691 GPA in the spring semester and lands on the honor roll for a second time. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Boyd started 13 games on Army's attack. He scored a career-high 13 goals, good for fifth on the team, and added two assists.
MacGibbon led all Black Knights with a 4.071 GPA in Systems Engineering in his final semester and graduated 22nd in the West Point Class of 2012. A native of Plano, Texas, MacGibbon played in all 15 games and started two contests as Army's third attackman. He netted five goals on the year, which included a career-high two goals in a critical win over nationally ranked Bucknell.
A significant four-year contributor, Hurley lands on the academic honor roll for the first time after carrying a 3.275 in American Legal Studies this spring. In Hurley's final season on the banks of the Hudson, he played in all but one game as a short stick defensive middie and scooped 15 ground balls. Hurley finished his career with three goals and 61 games played.
Mezer is also a first-time honor roll member after collecting a 3.408 GPA in Systems Engineering. A face-off specialist out of Arlington, Mass., Mezer played in four games and took 11 face-offs in 2012.
Jollota and Shade both earned limited time during their rookie campaign, but stood out in the classroom behind 3.469 and 3.564 GPAs, respectively. Jollota played in two games and took seven face-offs, while Shade moved up to the varsity team after playing the first half of the season on the Black Knights' junior varsity squad.
A total of 107 men's lacrosse student-athletes were named to this year's honor roll. Click here for a complete list of honorees.