LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior women’s lacrosse midfielder Katelyn Miller became a rare three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Wednesday when she was tabbed as the top scholar-athlete in her sport for the third consecutive year. Miller was joined by classmate Sophie Kleinert on the Academic All-Patriot League Team.
Miller is the 16th student-athlete in Patriot League history and the first in women’s lacrosse to be named Scholar-Athlete of the Year three times in the same sport. Of those 16 three-time recipients, seven are from Bucknell, as Miller joins women’s cross country’s Julie Sweitzer (1996-96) and Becki Marshall (1999-2001), men’s cross country’s Matt Kodak (1996-96), men’s basketball’s Chris McNaughton (2005-07), men’s swimming’s Christian Treat (2011-13) and men’s indoor track and field’s Ron Hess (1998-2000) on that prestigious list of Bison.
One of the top scholar-athletes in her class at Bucknell, Miller carried a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average into the final semester of her senior year. A biology major, Miller will be attending the University of Maryland Dental School next year.
Miller is a past recipient of the ECAC Merit Award for scholar-athletes, and she serves as Bucknell tutor in physics and chemistry. Last summer she worked as an orthodontic technician, and the previous year she worked in the department of research at Johns Hopkins. Since 2011 Miller has served as a student athletic trainer at Bucknell.
Active in her local community, Miller volunteers once per month at the Lewisburg Food Bank. She is a member of Do-RAK (Do Random Acts of Kindness), a group that conducts events such as faculty and custodian appreciation days and spontaneous giveaways of donuts, hot chocolate and lemonade before 8 a.m. classes. Miller also volunteers at the Our Daily Bread homeless shelter in her native Baltimore. She is a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and also serves on the Bucknell Student Dining Committee.
On the lacrosse field, Miller had another outstanding year for the Bison, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors for the third year in a row. She will graduate ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in every offensive and defensive statistical category. This year she lead the team in goals (29), points (41), ground balls (36) and caused turnovers. She currently ranks 10th in the Patriot League in points and fourth in both ground balls and caused turnovers.
Bucknell finished the season 4-2 over its final six games, and in those games Miller produced 27 points on 20 goals and seven assists. She scored four or more points in the final five games of season, and on Monday she also earned her second straight Patriot League Midfielder of Week award.
Miller will graduate ranked No. 2 on Bucknell's all-time points list. Her 177 career points trail only the 185 compiled by Carol Donohue from 2007-10. Miller tied Sue Gray for fifth in career goals with 127, and her 50 assists will rank fourth in Bison annals. She will also depart ranked second in caused turnovers (101), third in draw controls (139) and sixth in ground balls (131).
Kleinert is also winding down a terrific Bucknell career, both on and off the field. She is a political science major with a 3.60 GPA and is a regular member of the Dean’s List. A three-year co-captain, Kleinert has also been an active SAAC member. She studied at the London School of Economics in the summer of 2011, and one of her many internship experiences came last summer with ESPN in New York, where she assisted in the coordination of the Home Run Derby during All-Star Weekend at Citi Field. Kleinert had previous internships with SportsNet New York, with NBC Sports during the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and with Meg Whitman’s campaign for Governor of California.
Kleinert produced 13 goals and two assists as a strong two-way midfielder for the Bison this season. She also recorded 27 ground balls, 27 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers. Kleinert played in every Bucknell game over the last four years, and she will graduate ranked sixth in school history with 109 career draw controls.
Miller and Kleinert were two of 12 student-athletes named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. They were joined by American’s Emily Maher, Boston University’s Sydney Godett, Holy Cross’ Sara Hennessey, Lafayette’s Laura Kleiber, Lehigh’s Carli Sukonik and Lauren Willcox, Loyola’s Marlee Paton and Katie Reinhard, and Navy’s Jill Coughlin and Katie Gallagher.
This is the fifth time in the past six seasons that a Bucknell student-athlete takes home the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year award after Alyssa DeLorenz won the honor in 2009 and 2011. Bucknell's nine awards are more than any other women's lacrosse program.