Feb. 20, 2013
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Army senior close defenseman Brendan Buckley is one of 20 NCAA lacrosse student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and are candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. Announced on Wednesday afternoon, the candidates must be a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 2013 candidate class includes six members who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. One candidate was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American At-Large team, and eight were members of the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America team. Buckley carries a 3.987 cumulative grade-point average and ranks 18th in his class of 1,079 cadets. He posted a 4.0 GPA in the fall semester and was a first team Academic All-American last spring.
The reigning Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year and two-time all-league honoree, 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 will enter the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and posted with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Schweinfurt, Germany.
A Massapequa, N.Y., native, Buckley 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. He 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 the 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 right in line with those in the classroom and community. A three-year starter and leader of Army's defense, he was recently drafted to the Boston Cannons as the 54th overall pick in the 2013 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft. Buckley, who finished last season ranked eighth nationally in caused turnovers, was a first team All-Patriot League performer last spring and is a 2013 Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-American (honorable mention).
The Senior CLASS Award candidate list will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Lacrosse Championships in Philadelphia, May 25-27.
Army's last Senior CLASS Award finalist in lacrosse was Andrew Maisano, who won the award following the Black Knights' 2010 Patriot League championship season.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Peter Baum, Colgate
Jesse Bernhardt, Maryland
Brendan Buckley, Army
Davis Butts, Loyola (Maryland)
Clay Del Prince, Brown
Nick Dolik, Penn State
Jason Gonos, Harvard
Marcus Holman, North Carolina
Jordan Houtby , Detroit Mercy
Mike Huffner, Bucknell
Peter Johnson, Yale
Chris LaPierre, Virginia
Danny Martinsen, Siena
Brian Megill, Syracuse
Matt Miller, Notre Dame
Jason Noble, Cornell
Scott Ratliff, Loyola (Maryland)
Logan Schuss, Ohio State
Sam Snow, Fairfield
Ryan Snyder, Lehigh
ABOUT THE AWARD
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring. Premier Sports Management owns and manages the award.