March 29, 2010
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's lacrosse goalkeeper Gavin Buckley has been named a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, as announced on Monday. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - classroom, character, community and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in SchoolTM, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Buckley was initially selected as one of 20 candidates back in February. After making it through the first selection process, Buckley has been named to the official final ballot made up of 10 student-athletes. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.
Buckley has maintained a 3.84 grade point average while majoring in English in the honors B.A./M.A. five-year graduate program. He is also a government and politics minor and plans to attend law school. Buckley has been named to the school’s Dean List as well as the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll every year he has been enrolled. Named to the ECAC All-Academic Team after both his sophomore and junior years, he posted the second-best GPA in the entire conference in 2009. Buckley is a member of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society and was tabbed for the Phi Eta Sigma National Freshmen Honor Society.
In his four years at St. John’s, Buckley has proved the strong example of leadership and high character. He is one of only a handful of student-athletes to be inducted into the prestigious President’s Society, which honors students who combine scholarship, integrity, and maturity with leadership skills demonstrated by their significant contribution to the extracurricular life of the University.
Buckley represented all of his fellow-student athletes in the University’s NCAA Certification process, serving on the Steering Committee as well as the Subcommittee for Gender/Diversity Issues and Student-Athlete Welfare. Buckley also worked as an orientation leader for new student-athletes and a peer educator in the Student Development 101 program.
“There is not a better role model in our program, and perhaps college lacrosse as a whole, than Gavin Buckley,” St. John’s head coach Jason Miller said. “He is the first in line for any community service opportunity, and often participates at the invitation of those not affiliated with our lacrosse program. I'm not sure it's possible to get more out of your college experience than Gavin is getting, and I'm also not sure it's possible for a University to get more out of a student than St. John's gets out of Gavin Buckley.”
The Owings, Md., native is a four-year participant in the school-wide University Service Day, serving in day-long community service projects at various locations in the community. This past November, he worked at the St. Nicholas Men’s Homeless Shelter cooking and serving food for homeless men in Tolentine Parish. In 2008, Buckley did landscaping for the Floral Park Conservation Society and served with the non-profit Hour Children organization which focuses on the care of children of incarcerated women.
The four-year letterwinner and captain ranks eighth all-time in Red Storm history in saves with 276. This year, he made several late-game stops to lead St. John’s over Holy Cross and Air Force before holding Georgetown to its lowest scoring output this season (9). Buckley started every game in 2009 as he earned ECAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for saving 15 shots in St. John’s upset of fifth-ranked Georgetown. Buckley led St. John’s to a 5-1 start on the season and a No. 15 ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll, and he was an ECAC weekly honoree three times during his junior season. Buckley was named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for his 11 saves against Penn State his sophomore season, making him the only non-senior on the team to earn ECAC weekly honors that year.
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The Red Storm will be in action again this Saturday as the team heads to Rutgers for a 3 p.m. matchup. The game will be televised on Verizon FiOS1.