Lennon named league scholar-athlete of the year

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - For the second-consecutive year, Navy defensive midfielder Clipper Lennon (Westminster, Md.) has been named the Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Just two weeks ago, Lennon was selected to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Second Team which is put out by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Lennon is the third Navy student-athlete to garner the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award this spring, as Trevor Thompson (baseball) and Shaunnah Wark (women's crew) were also acknowledged for academic and athletic achievements in their respective sports.

Lennon, who recorded a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average in the mathematics honors program, graduated from the Naval Academy May 27, and was ranked 40th academically in his class of 976. He was named to the Commandant's List all eight semesters and earned a spot on the Dean's List the last six semesters. He also strung together five-straight semesters with a 4.00 GPA, including last fall. Lennon has service selected Navy pilot, but will attend graduate school prior to flight school in Pensacola.

A 2005 Second-Team All-Patriot League selection, Lennon is one of the premier players in the country at his position. Without a doubt, he has been one of Navy's most reliable defenders during his four years who often draws one of the opponent's top offensive players despite playing with a short stick. Lennon helped lead the Mids to back-to-back Patriot League Championships in 2004 and '05 and played a major role in Navy's run at the National Championship last spring. Last season, the Mids finished No. 2 in the country in scoring defense, while this spring Navy's defense was the top-ranked unit in the nation, giving up just 6.63 goals per game.

To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor. By winning this award, Lennon is now eligible for the 2005 Patriot League Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor. The other nominees for Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete were Bucknell's Ryan Goodman, Holy Cross' John O'Sullivan and Lehigh's Tom Weiss.

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