Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King announced that William Smith College soccer’s Madeline Buckley ’15 was voted the 2014-15 Liberty League Women’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Buckley will also be the league’s nominee for the NCAA Women of the Year award.
Voted on by the Liberty League member institutions, the Liberty League Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards are presented to graduating student-athletes – one female and one male – who have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics and service/leadership throughout their time as student-athletes. Clarkson basketball player John Coleman was this year’s male honoree.
“I am pleased to announce that Madeline Buckley and John Coleman have been selected as the 2014-15 Liberty League Scholar-Athletes of the Year,” King said. “Madeline and John represent the very best of the Liberty League by excelling not only in their respective sports but in the classroom and as emerging leaders on their campuses. It is only fitting that we recognize the dedication and commitment that they have demonstrated to their academic and athletic pursuits during the past four years.”
This is the third straight year a William Smith Heron has earned the award, Olivia Zitoli ’14 received the honor last year and Emily D’Addario ’13 won the inaugural award in 2013. Hobart College basketball player Richie Bonney ’14 was also named the male recipient in 2014.
An NSCAA third team All-American forward, Buckley was named the 2014 Liberty League Player of the Year and was unanimously voted to the all-conference first team. The forward led the team in points (27) and goals (11). Buckley started in all 20 games for the Herons this season. She notched four game-winning including the go-ahead goal against RIT in the Liberty League semifinals. Buckley was also named the ECAC Upstate Offensive Player of the Year and voted to the ECAC Upstate All-Star first-team.
In her four years on the Heron soccer team, Buckley helped William Smith to four-straight Liberty League regular season and tournament titles, posting a 30-1-0 four-year conference record and a 73-7-6 overall record. She finished her career ranked 10th on the all-time William Smith list with 83 career points, tied for 10th with 33 career goals, and tied for 18th with 17 career assists.
Off the field, Buckley has served as the William Smith soccer’s team ambassador with Team IMPACT, a non-profit organization that works to improve the quality of life for children facing life-threatening illness. The 2015 Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup Collegiate recipient was a three-year member of the William smith Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the Heron Society Board of Directors Student Representative.
Buckley has also been an avid supporter of the B+ Foundation, raising over $4,000. The organization honors the memory of Andrew McDonough a 14-year old athlete and “A” student from Wilmington, Delaware, Buckley’s hometown. She was also a member of the HWS Leads Certificate Program, graduating with a certificate of leadership. Buckley also dedicated a great deal of time to Geneva Heroes, helping local middle and high school students working on team-building and leadership skills.
Buckley excelled in the classroom as well graduating with a degree in critical studies in May. She was named to the NSCAA Scholar All-American second team, was a two-time CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District first team honoree selection and a three-time Liberty League All-Academic Team selection.