Buckley Named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

Brendan Buckley

Brendan Buckley

April 25, 2012

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - On the hinges of a breakout season for the Army lacrosse team and a near-perfect grade-point average in the classroom, junior close defenseman Brendan Buckley was named the 2012 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday afternoon. Buckley was also one of 14 players, a group which included teammates Andrew Boyd and James MacGibbon, to earn Academic All-Patriot League honors as well.

Buckley and Boyd scored a spot on the Academic All-Patriot League Team for the second year in a row, while MacGibbon garnered recognition for the first time. Buckley is the fifth Army player to be named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, joining Dominic Nogic (2001), Mike Kamon (2003), Scott Rosenshein (2008 and 2009) and Andrew Maisano (2010). Four of the last five honorees in lacrosse have come from West Point.

"I'm so proud of all three of these men for representing what it is to be a true student-athlete," said seventh-year head coach Joe Alberici. "To watch Brendan (Buckley) grow as a lacrosse player over the last three years has been incredible, but to know he is accomplishing all of that while excelling at the level he does academically makes it even more special. He has been a huge reason behind our success this season, and I couldn't think of a more deserving player for this tremendous award."

Named a first team All-Patriot League defenseman yesterday, Buckley maintains a 3.99 cumulative GPA in management engineering and ranks 16th in the West Point Class of 2013. A Dean's List honoree in all semesters at the Academy, he has earned the Distinguished Cadet Award, Superintendent's Award for Excellence and the Dean's Pentathlete Award. Last semester, he served as a Battalion Sergeant Major, which is the highest position a junior cadet can achieve within the Corps. This spring, Buckley serves as his company's academic NCO (non-commissioned officer). His duties include coordinating company academic matters, running study groups, identifying tutors and monitoring those cadets struggling academically.

Buckley emerged as one of the league's top close defenseman this season and has covered the opponents' top offensive threat every week. He has marked three of the nation's top six point-producers, along with last season's USILA National Player of the Year Rob Pannell of Cornell. A native of Massapequa, N.Y., who has started all 13 games this year, Buckley leads the Patriot League and ranks 10th nationally averaging 2.08 caused turnovers per game.

Boyd carries a 3.84 GPA in systems engineering and ranks 39th in the West Point Class of 2013. Also a Dean's List member each semester, he has earned the Distinguished Cadet Award and Superintendent's Award for Excellence.

A native of St. Louis, Mo., Boyd successfully moved from midfield to attack this season and has started all 13 games. He has totaled career highs in goals (12) and assists (two) this season, while netting a career-best four goals against nationally ranked Colgate on March 31. Boyd has recorded double-digit goals in three games this season and is shooting with a 44.8 percent accuracy. His 14 points on the season rank fifth on the team.

After missing the majority of his junior campaign due to injury, MacGibbon returned to the field and made an impact during his final season on the banks of the Hudson. He maintains a 3.99 GPA in Systems Engineering and will enter the Infantry branch of the U.S. Army upon graduation. MacGibbon ranks 20th in his graduating class of 1,043 cadets, has made the Dean's List in seven-straight semesters and was a Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member in 2009 and 2010. He has earned the Distinguished Cadet Award, Superintendent's Award for Excellence and Dean's Pentathlete Award. MacGibbon is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He served as a company commander, overseeing over 100 cadets, during the fall semester.

MacGibbon has played in all 13 games on Army's attack this season and recorded career-highs in goals (four) and assists (two) this season. His two goals in Army's 6-5 win at nationally ranked Bucknell on April 7 marked a career best. A native of Plano, Texas, MacGibbon has made two starts during his senior campaign.

To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and the Academic All-Patriot League Team, 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 or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor.

All three of the aforementioned players will be looked upon to help No. 19 Army as it heads into the Patriot League Tournament for a record eighth-straight season. The winner of this weekend's tournament will earn the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The third-seeded Black Knights drew No. 2 Lehigh in Friday night's second semifinal Patriot League Tournament game at 8 p.m. No. 1 Colgate will host the tournament in its entirety and will host No. 4 Bucknell in Friday's first semifinal game at 5 p.m. The 2012 championship game will be played on Sunday at 3 p.m. All three games will appear live on CBS Sports Network. Click here for ticket information.

Army, ranked No. 19 in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, is currently riding its longest win streak of the season with conference victories over current No. 18 Bucknell (W, 6-5), Navy (W, 9-6) and Holy Cross (W, 15-6) over the last three weeks. Army's two Patriot League regular season losses came against Lehigh and Colgate by a combined three goals.

2012 Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Brendan Buckley, Army, Jr.

2012 Academic All-Patriot League
Andrew Boyd, Army, Jr.
Brendan Buckley, Army, Jr.
James MacGibbon, Army, Sr.
Mike Huffner, Bucknell, Jr.
Jason Neithamer, Bucknell, Sr.
Peter Baum, Colgate, Jr.
Kevin Gordon, Colgate, Sr.
Robert Grabher, Colgate, Jr.
James Queeney, Colgate, Jr.
Roman Lao-Gosney, Lehigh, Sr.
Ty Souders, Lehigh, So.
Jake Hyatt, Lafayette, So.
Doug Prusoff, Lafayette, Sr.
Logan West, Navy, Sr.

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