Buckley Named Patriot League Defensive Player Of The Week

Brendan Buckley

Brendan Buckley

April 22, 2013

Senior CLASS Award Voting!

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - For the second time this month, senior close defenseman Brendan Buckleypicked up Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday afternoon. The tri-captain out of Massapequa, N.Y., turned in one of his most balanced efforts of the season in helping Army clinch a 2013 Patriot League Tournament berth over the weekend.

Buckley scored a career-high two goals in a 14-5 win at Holy Cross on Saturday night. Both goals came in transition, as he sprinted coast-to-coast on the clear and beat Holy Cross goalkeeper Michael Ortlieb.

In addition to his offensive exploits, Buckley totaled two ground balls and shut down the Crusaders' top point-producer James Kennedy. A Tewaaraton Award Watch List member, Kennedy averaged 2.76 points per game heading into Saturday's contest.

Buckley also picked up Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors following a win over Colgate to open the month. He is a first team All-Patriot League performer and the reigning Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

One of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, fans can vote daily for Buckley by clicking here.

Coming off Saturday's win, Army earned its first national ranking of the season, falling in at No. 19 in this week's USILA Coaches Poll. The third-seeded Black Knights face No. 2 Bucknell in Friday's first semifinal game of the Patriot League Tournament. Face-off is set for 4:30 p.m. in Bethlehem, Pa. The game can be seen live on CBS Sports Network.

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