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Native Pequan Garners Accolades

Massapequa native and Army defensive powerhouse Brendan Buckley held his ground and repeated as the Patriot League Male Scholar-Athlete of the year, league officials announced.

Buckley became the third repeat winner of the award, extending Army’s success with the honor as he is the fourth from West Point in five years to claim the accolade. Army now has a League-best six Male Scholar-Athletes of the Year, one ahead of rival Navy.

In his senior season in 2013, Buckley was once again the Black Knights’ top close defenseman. Named the Defensive Player of the Year by the head coaches, he also garnered first-team All-Patriot League status and finished the season starting all 14 contests with 24 ground balls and 19 caused turnovers to go with a pair of goals. Buckley maintained his per-game averages during League play with 11 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers in six contests.

A tri-captain this past season, Buckley earned third-team All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) and was named the team’s most valuable player. In one of Buckley’s most impressive performances, he held then-reigning Tewaaraton and Enners winner Peter Baum of Colgate without a point to snap a 54-game point-scoring streak on March 31. Before the season he was selected 54th overall by the Boston Cannons in the Major League Lacrosse draft.

The winner of each sport’s Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is put in the running towards the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors, with the League’s sports information directors selecting one male and one female for the award.