LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell senior midfielder Katelyn Miller (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) earned one of the highest honors in collegiate women’s lacrosse on Tuesday when she was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Miller, who graduated in May with a 3.91 cumulative grade-point average in biology, is the first Bison student-athlete to win this prestigious national award.
Miller was a three-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and now she has been named the top scholar-athlete for all of Division I women’s lacrosse. She became the 16th student-athlete in Patriot League history and the first in women’s lacrosse to be named Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year three times in the same sport. She also earned a spot on the 12-person Patriot League Women's Lacrosse All-Academic Team for the third year in a row.
Miller is a past recipient of the ECAC Merit Award for scholar-athletes, and she served 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 served as a student athletic trainer at Bucknell.
Active in her local community, Miller volunteered once per month at the Lewisburg Food Bank. She was 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 has also volunteered at the Our Daily Bread homeless shelter in her native Baltimore. She was a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and also served on the Bucknell Student Dining Committee.
On the lacrosse field, Miller had another outstanding year for the Bison in 2014, earning Second Team All-Patriot League honors for the third year in a row. She graduated ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in every offensive and defensive statistical category. This year she led the team in goals (29), points (41), ground balls (36) and caused turnovers. She ranked 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 she closed the regular season with two straight Patriot League Midfielder of Week awards.
Miller graduated 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 rank fourth in Bison annals. She also departs ranked second in caused turnovers (101), third in draw controls (139) and sixth in ground balls (131).