This week's Play of the Week comes courtesy of defenseman Brendan Buckley.
Notes: Serving as a team tri-captain for the 2013 season ... preseason All-Patriot League defenseman ... honorable mention preseason All-America ... 54th pick in the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) Collegiate Draft to the Boston Cannons.
2012: Breakout season included first team All-Patriot League honors, first team Academic All-America honors and the 2012 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year trophy ... emerged as one of the top close defensemen in the country, covering the opponent's top offensive threat in all 15 starts ... that group included three of the top seven point-producers in the current NCAA rankings ... finished the season ranked eighth nationally averaging 2.0 caused turnovers per game ... standout performance of the season came in a 6-5 overtime win at Bucknell (Apr. 7) in which he held Billy Eisenreich, a first team all-league performer and top-10 national scorer, to just two points (1G, 1A) ... scored his first career goal the previous game, taking the ball end-to-end against Colgate (Mar. 31) at Michie Stadium ... picked up 23 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers ... held a 3.99 cumulative grade-point average to rank No. 16 in the West Point Class of 2013 ... named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the second-straight year.
2011: Played in 14 games and started 11 on Army's defense ... finished the season with 16 ground balls and five caused turnovers ... totaled a career-high four ground balls twice throughout the year, including during a 14-1 win over Wagner (Mar. 13) and in Army's season-finale opposite then-No. 3 Johns Hopkins (May 6) ... part of a Black Knights defense that finished the season ranked second in the Patriot League and ninth in the country allowing just 8.0 goals per game ... Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member and one of three Army players placed on the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
2010: Played in two contests during his freshman campaign ... appeared against Hofstra (Mar. 30) ... also saw playing time in Army's NCAA Tournament quarterfinal game versus Cornell (May 23).
Prior to West Point: All-county defenseman for Nassau County Champion Massapequa High School under coach George Powers ... senior captain and three-year letterman ... also a three-time academic all-county selection ... also lettered in football as a defensive lineman ... member of the National Honor Society ... spent a year prepping at Portsmouth Abbey ... played lacrosse for coach Al Brown ... also played football.
Personal: Brendan Thomas Buckley was born in Plainview, N.Y. ... parents are Thomas and Young Buckley ... born on Aug. 30, 1990 ... youngest of three brothers ... father served in the U.S. Navy, brother, James, in the U.S. Marine Corps ... brother, John, is currently serving in the U.S. Marine Corps ... named a Dean's Pentathlete in the fall after achieving at least an A-minus grade in all courses in academic, military science, military development and physical education ... major is Engineering Management.