Loyola Maryland’s Elli Kluegel Earns Second Straight Patriot League Feminine Scholar-Athlete of the 12 months

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

Year Female Scholar-Athlete Sport cl. GPA Major
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
2002 Kate MacfarlaneNavy Soccer Mr. 3.92 Mathematics
2003 Karla Kucerkova, American volleyball jr. 3.98 Business Administration/Finance
2004 Karla Kucerkova, American volleyball Mr. 4.00 Business Administration/Finance
2005 Lauren WibleBucknell softball jr. 3.76 Español
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
2015 Jen DumiakAmerican Basketball gr. 4.00 Mathematics
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
2021 Elli Klueg Lacrosse Mr. 4.00 biology
2022 Elli Klueg Lacrosse gr. 4.00 Emerging Media

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