July 9, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Recent West Point graduate Brendan Buckley repeated as the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year as announced by league officials on Tuesday afternoon. In a vote by the conference's member athletic communications offices, the standout Army lacrosse defenseman rose above all 2012-13 Scholar-Athletes of the Year for men's sports to earn the overall honor for the second year in a row.
Buckley is 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 is the fourth player from West Point in the last five years to claim the accolade, three of which have belonged to lacrosse (Buckley 2012, 2013; Andrew Maisano, 2010). Army now has a league-best six Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, one ahead of Navy.
"2LT Brendan Buckley continues to be recognized for what he represented here at West Point," said Army Director of Athletics Boo Corrigan of Buckley's most recent accomplishment. "He is a tremendous athlete, scholar and warrior that all of West Point can be proud of. From head coach Joe Alberici to head officer representative Col. Rickie McPeak to myself, we wish continued success to Brendan in all that lies ahead for him."
The postseason awards for recently commissioned second lieutenant continue to amass over a month after his graduation. A native of Massapequa, N.Y., Buckley's ever-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 Capital One At-Large 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 is set to begin his service as a Field Artillery officer with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
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. 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 on close defense and led Army with 19 caused turnovers while serving as a tri-captain 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 has played in three games for the MLL's Boston Cannons.
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.