Loyola Maryland’s Elli Kluegel is named Patriot League Scholar of the Year for the second year in a row

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lacrosse student Elli Kluegel of Loyola Maryland was named the 2022 Patriot League Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year following a vote conducted by the athletics communications staff of all member institutions of the league.

Kluegel is the eighth Patriot League student-athlete to receive a league-wide School-Athlete of the Year award in consecutive years.

A Fairfax, Virginia native, she joins Fordham’s Lauren Gubicza (1991–92), Colgate Cross Country and Athletics, Ray Appenheimer (1993–94), Colgate basketball player Jen Smith (1994–95), Karla Kucerkova (2003– 04) of American Women’s Volleyball, Dan Conti (2003-04) of Holy Cross, Men’s Elise DeRoo (2011-12) of Colgate and Brendan Buckley (2012) of Army West Point, Men’s Lacrosse -13) as two-time honorees.

The award is presented annually to one male and one male Patriot League athlete. Earlier this year, the nominees for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors were announced 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 has a cumulative GPA of 4.0 as a graduate student while pursuing her Master of Arts in Emerging Media.
*A native of Fairfax, Virginia, after the 2022 season, earned second-straight-team All-Patriot League honors for the second straight year. She averaged 56 points with 48 goals and eight assists, led the Patriot League and ranked fifth in the NCAA DI in shooting average (.593).
*She was named IWLCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-American for a second time. Kluegel is also a three-time All-League Academic selection and two-time Female Lacrosse Student Athlete of the Year.
*The three-year captain had 182 points with 159 goals and 23 assists, in addition to 80 balls and 41 turnovers in a five-year career with the Greyhounds

During the 2022 season, Kluegel and the Greyhounds clinched the league title for the third consecutive year, finished sixth in the NCAA DI Women’s Lacrosse Championship, and advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2015. In three tournament games, she scored one goal 10 goals with a .750 shot rate. The grad midfielder led Loyola Maryland to a 9-0 league record and helped break the NCAA DI women’s lacrosse mark for consecutive conference games won (66). Loyola Maryland made the field of the NCAA championship every time it took place during Kluegel’s career.

She continued to excel in teaching with a cumulative 4.0 GPA while studying emerging media at Loyola. Kluegel earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2021, becoming the only Loyola Maryland 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 receive the year-end award. 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 Athletics) and Caroline Vincent (Army West Point Women’s Tennis).

To qualify for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, a student-athlete must have at least a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and be a starter or key player in their sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.

Patriot League All-Time Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Honorees

Year Female Scholar-Athlete Sports class grade point average Main
1992 Lauren Gubicza, Fordham Cross country/track and field jr 3.93 accounting
1993 Lauren Gubicza, Fordham Cross country/track and field sir 3.61 accounting
1994 Jens Smith, Colgate basketball jr 4.02 History/Psychology
1995 Jens Smith, Colgate basketball sir 3.98 History/Psychology
1996 Jill Altschuler, Lehigh lacrosse sir 3.80 psychology
1997 Kathy Courtney, Holy Cross basketball sir 3.86 mathematics
1998 Amy O’Brien, Holy Cross basketball jr 3.43 Psychology/Spanish
1999 Nicole Aunapu, Navy Soccer sir 3.87 mechanical engineering
2000 Lori Houck, Bucknell basketball sir 3.60 accounting
2001 Alison Fisher, Lafayette Field hockey/lacrosse sir 3.59 biology
Becki Marshall, Bucknell Cross country/track and field jr 3.75 civil engineering
2002 Kate Macfarlane, Navy Soccer sir 3.92 mathematics
2003 Karla Kucerkova, American volleyball jr 3.98 Business Administration/Finance
2004 Karla Kucerkova, American volleyball sir 4.00 Business Administration/Finance
2005 Lauren Wible, Bucknell soft ball jr 3.76 English
2006 Julie Jorgensen, Army Soccer sir 4.21 mathematics
2007 Kirsten Andrews, Navy athletics sir 3.91 Quantitative Economics
2008 Kelly Zahalka, Navy swimming and diving jr 4.00 honors history
2009 Lizzie Barnes, Marine Soccer sir 3.90 computer science
2010 Beth Reed, Navy Soccer sir 3.95 mechanical engineering
2011 Elise DeRoo, Colgate Cross country/track and field jr 3.93 molecular biology
2012 Elise DeRoo, Colgate cross country sir 3.97 molecular biology
2013 Brigid Byrne, Navy Athletics/cross country outdoors sir 3.83 English
2014 Allison Barwise, Boston University Athletics outdoors GR. 3.85 speech pathology
2015 Jen Dumiak, American basketball GR. 4.00 mathematics
2016 Ellen Bradford, Navy swimming and diving sir 4.00 Honors Systems Engineering
2017 Natalie Konerth, American field hockey sir 4.00 Applied Mathematics
2018 Christine Bendzinski, Bucknell Cross country/track and field sir 3.84 Cell Biology/Biochemistry
2019 Kristen Yanchoris, Loyola lacrosse sir 3.97 Business Administration/Marketing
2020 Not forgiven Due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2021 Elli Kluegel lacrosse sir 4.00 biology
2022 Elli Kluegel lacrosse GR. 4.00 Emerging Media


As the Patriot League enters its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, it continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to their founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is considered an important part of a comprehensive education.

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