June 19, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - When the Patriot League announced its men's lacrosse academic honor roll this week, 10 Army players found their names listed amongst the conference's elite student-athletes. Included among them were two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year Brendan Buckley, along with fellow team captain Andrew Boyd and eight other standouts.
Ten honor roll citations are the most for the Black Knights since landing 15 in 2009. To be eligible for the honor roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the spring semester and participate in one of the Patriot League's winter or spring championship sports.
The eight remaining honorees included recently commissioned 2nd Lt. Kip Haddock, rising senior John Burk, rising juniors Sam Somers and Tom Shade and rising sophomores Jimbo Moore, Austin Schultz and Kevin Shurr.
"I'm so proud of these gentlemen for this deserving honor," said head coach Joe Alberici, who completed his eighth year with the program this spring. "Their exceptional commitment to getting it done on the field and in the classroom at one of the most prestigious institutions in the country is what makes them special men. Not only is each and every one of them a great example for all cadet-athletes, but they are tremendous representatives of our lacrosse program and West Point as a whole."
Buckley headlined the honorees with a team-best 3.989 final GPA in Engineering Management. A third team USILA All-America performer, his impressive list of accolades include the 2013 Senior CLASS Award, first team Academic All-America, Capital One At-Large Academic All-American of the Year and USILA Scholar All-America honors. Buckley started all 14 games, was named the 2013 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year and copped honor roll status for a fourth time.
In his final season on the banks of the Hudson, Boyd managed a 3.793 mark in Systems Engineering. The St. Louis, Mo., native shifted from attack back to the midfield and scored 11 points (5G, 6A) as a senior. He is a four-time Patriot League Academic Honor Roll member.
A specialist on Army's man-up unit in all 14 games as a senior, Haddock posted a 3.20 GPA in International History in his final semester at West Point and earned an honor roll mention for the first time.
Army's lone junior to make the list, Burk started all 14 games alongside Buckley on Army's close defense. He played a major role in the Black Knights finishing the season ranked third nationally in scoring defense. Burk authored a 3.295 GPA this spring and is an Engineering Management major. This marked his first career honor roll citation.
Somers, Army's starting goalkeeper in all but one game, posted a 3.402 as an Art, Philosophy and Literature major. The Wilton, Conn., native's 7.18 goals-against average topped the NCAA rankings at the end of the season. In his first season as the Black Knights' starting net minder, Somers recorded seven wins, helped hold 10 opponents to single-digit goals and made the honor roll for the first time.
In his second season with the program, Shade earned an honor roll certificate for the second time. He managed a 3.448 GPA in Mechanical Engineering, while playing in four games.
Four rookies rounded out the group of honorees in Moore, Schultz, Schurr and Finney. All managed better than a 3.50 GPA in their first collegiate spring semester. Moore played in 12 games, recorded two assists, 21 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers out of the defensive midfield. Schultz saw the field in 10 games and made two starts on Army's close defense. Schurr and Finney combined for seven appearances in their first season.
A total of 112 men's lacrosse student-athletes were named to this year's honor roll. Click here for a complete list of honorees.