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July 17th, 2013

Banner academic year for West Point athletic teams

WEST POINT - One Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Five Scholar-Athletes in their respective sports. Twenty Academic All-Patriot League choices. One hundred and fifty-four Patriot League Honor Roll selections. Seventeen Atlantic Hockey Association All-Academic Team choices. Not only has it been a good year for Army on the field, it has been a banner year in the classroom as well.

With the Patriot League distribution of academic awards complete, the numbers show a tremendous academic year in the classroom for Army.

Lacrosse standout Brendan Buckley was not only the Scholar-Athlete for his sport, but for the Patriot League as well. Track and field star Lisa Junta, women’s tennis standout Jamila Paul and volleyball all-star Mary Vaccaro also collected Scholar-Athlete of the Year citations from the Patriot League. Cheyne Rocha were presented with Atlantic Hockey Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors as well.

Twenty cadet-athletes from 14 sports, were chosen to their respective Academic All-Patriot League Teams. A cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.2 and being a starter of key reserves were the minimum requirements. Patrick Mescher (baseball), Ricado Galindo (cross country), Andrew Boyd (lacrosse), Buckley (lacrosse), Joon Chung (swimming and diving), Peter Sienko (tennis), Scott Geary (track and field), Kendall Ward (cross country), Junta (cross country), Robby Hill (golf), Jaclyn Kalik (women’s soccer), Molly McGuigan (women’s soccer), Jamie Molacek (women’s soccer), Ali Cleinmark (softball), Rita Snyder (swimming and diving), Kristen Bara (Swimming and diving), Eric Colton (women’s tennis), Paul (women’s tennis) Elle Taylor (women’s tennis) and Vaccaro (volleyball) all collected that accolade.

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