BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Loyola Maryland women’s lacrosse student-athlete Elli Kluegel was named the 2022 Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year following a vote conducted by the athletics communications staff from each of the League’s member institutions.
Kluegel is the eighth Patriot League student-athlete to earn one of the League-wide scholar-athlete of the year honors in consecutive years.
The Fairfax, Va. native joins Fordham women’s cross country and track and field’s Lauren Gubicza (1991-92), Colgate men’s cross country and track and field’s Ray Appenheimer (1993-94), Colgate women’s basketball’s Jen Smith (1994-95), American women’s volleyball’s Karla Kucerkova (2003-04), Holy Cross men’s track and field’s Dan Conti (2003-04), Colgate women’s cross country and track and field’s Elise DeRoo (2011-12) and Army West Point men’s lacrosse’s Brendan Buckley (2012-13) as two -time honors
The award is presented annually to one female and one male Patriot League student-athlete. Earlier this year, the candidates for the honor were named the scholar-athlete of the year in their respective sports. For the 2021-22 academic year, there were 23 candidates from 24 Patriot League sports.
2021-22 Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Elli Kluegel, Loyola Maryland, Gr., Women’s Lacrosse, Midfielder, Fairfax, Va./Robinson
*Kluegel holds a cumulative GPA of 4.0 as a graduate student as she pursues her Master of Arts degree in emerging media.
*The Fairfax, Va. native earned her second-consecutive All-Patriot League Second Team nod following the 2022 season. She totaled 56 points on 48 goals and eight assists while leading the Patriot League and finishing fifth in NCAA DI in shot percentage (.593).
*She was named the IWLCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, in addition to being selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second time. Kluegel is also a three-time academic all-League selection and two-time women’s lacrosse scholar-athlete of the year.
*The three-year team captain accumulated 182 points on 159 goals and 23 assists in addition to finishing with 80 ground balls and 41 caused turnovers spanning a five-year career that saw the Greyhounds
During the 2022 season, Kluegel and the Greyhounds claimed their third-consecutive League crown, earned the No. 6 seed in the NCAA DI Women’s Lacrosse Championship and advanced to the quarterfinal round for the first time since 2015. In three tournament games, she scored 10 goals with a .750 shot percentage. The graduate student midfielder captained Loyola Maryland to a 9-0 League record helping break the NCAA DI women’s lacrosse mark for consecutive conference games won (66). Loyola Maryland made the NCAA Championship field each time it was held during Kluegel’s career.
She also continued to excel in the classroom carrying a 4.0 cumulative GPA while studying emerging media at Loyola. Kluegel earned her Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in innovation and entrepreneurship in 2021, as the lone Loyola Maryland student-athlete to graduate with a 4.0 GPA. She has also worked as an Ambassador for BioNavigators, an organization aimed at introducing college students to career paths related to STEM.
The winner of each sport’s Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is eligible to collect the end of the year honor. The 2021-22 women’s field included Nicole Amodio (Boston University softball); Abby Hamilton (Loyola Maryland volleyball); Sydney Harrington (Navy women’s swimming and diving); Georgia Jones (Army West Point women’s cross country and women’s indoor track and field); Mackenzie Kramer (Lehigh women’s basketball); Flair Kuan (Boston University women’s golf); Kate Meerscheidt (Bucknell Women’s Rowing); Aidan Rossman (American field hockey); Victoria Tran (Navy women’s soccer); Anna Tovkach (Army West Point women’s outdoor track and field) and Caroline Vincent (Army West Point women’s tennis).
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.
Patriot League All-Time Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honorees
|1992||Lauren GubiczaFordham||Cross Country/Track and Field||jr.||3.93||accounting|
|1993||Lauren GubiczaFordham||Cross Country/Track and Field||Mr.||3.61||accounting|
|1994||Jen Smith, Colgate||Basketball||jr.||4.02||History/Psychology|
|nineteen ninety five||Jen Smith, Colgate||Basketball||Mr.||3.98||History/Psychology|
|nineteen ninety six||Jill Altshuler, Lehigh||Lacrosse||Mr.||3.80||Psychology|
|1997||Kathy CourtneyHoly Cross||Basketball||Mr.||3.86||Mathematics|
|1998||Amy O’Brien, Holy Cross||Basketball||jr.||3.43||Psychology/English|
|1999||Nicole Aunapu, Navy||Soccer||Mr.||3.87||mechanical engineering|
|2000||Lori Houck, Bucknell||Basketball||Mr.||3.60||accounting|
|2001||Alison FisherLafayette||Field Hockey/Lacrosse||Mr.||3.59||biology|
|Becky Marshall, Bucknell||Cross Country/Track and Field||jr.||3.75||civil engineering|
|2003||Karla Kucerkova, American||volleyball||jr.||3.98||Business Administration/Finance|
|2004||Karla Kucerkova, American||volleyball||Mr.||4.00||Business Administration/Finance|
|2006||Julie Jorgensen, Army||Soccer||Mr.||4.21||Mathematics|
|2007||Kirsten Andrews, Navy||track and field||Mr.||3.91||Quantitative Economics|
|2008||Kelly Zahalka, Navy||swimming and diving||jr.||4.00||Honors History|
|2009||Lizzie Barnes, Navy||Soccer||Mr.||3.90||computer science|
|2010||Beth Reed, Navy||Soccer||Mr.||3.95||mechanical engineering|
|2011||Elise DeRoo, Colgate||Cross Country/Track and Field||jr.||3.93||Molecular Biology|
|2012||Elise DeRoo, Colgate||cross-country||Mr.||3.97||Molecular Biology|
|2013||Brigid Byrne, Navy||Outdoor Track & Field/Cross Country||Mr.||3.83||Español|
|2014||Allison Barwise, Boston University||Outdoor Track & Field||gr.||3.85||Speech-Language Pathology|
|2016||Ellen Bradford, Navy||swimming and diving||Mr.||4.00||Honors Systems Engineering|
|2017||Natalie KonerthAmerican||field-hockey||Mr.||4.00||Applied Mathematics|
|2018||Christine Bendzinski, Bucknell||Cross Country/Track and Field||Mr.||3.84||Cell Biology/Biochemistry|
|2019||Kristen Yanchoris, Loyola||Lacrosse||Mr.||3.97||Business Administration/Marketing|
|2020||Not Awarded||Due to COVID-19 Pandemic|
|2022||Elli Klueg||Lacrosse||gr.||4.00||Emerging Media|
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