Marquette Trio earns BIG EAST Sport Excellence Awards
July 11, 2016
NEW YORK - Three Marquette University student-athletes, B.J. Grill (men’s lacrosse), Tatyana Pashibin (women’s track & field), and Meghan Niemann (volleyball) were named as 2015-16 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award winners, an award which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards are given to one student-athlete in each BIG EAST-sponsored sport based on academic credentials, athletic accolades or performances and volunteer service to the community. Student-athletes must have attained junior academic standing, as well as a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 to be considered eligible for the award. The winners are chosen by the BIG EAST Faculty Athletics Representative Council.
This marks the second consecutive season in which three Marquette students have earned the award, as Jordan Greenfield (men’s lacrosse), Patrick Sanchez (men’s golf), and Axel Sjoberg (men’s soccer) were named recipients a year ago.
Grill, who was a three-time All-BIG EAST selection during his tenure at Marquette, also earned Senior CLASS Award First Team Senior All-American honors following his efforts on and off the field in 2016. The defenseman is second all-time in MU history with 55 caused turnovers, and registered 29 ground balls last season en route to the Golden Eagles earning their first BIG EAST Championship and NCAA tournament appearance.
The Bridgewater, New Jersey, native, who was selected 40th overall in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft by the Denver Outlaws, made his professional debut last month and has picked up 16 ground balls in six career games for Denver. Grill becomes the second straight MU student-athlete to claim the honor in men’s lacrosse, following in Greenfield’s footsteps from 2014-15.
Pashibin was a two-time BIG EAST Outdoor champion and three-time All-BIG EAST selection in her career. The Minneapolis native won the 2014 outdoor heptathlon title and the 2015 high jump crown. She currently holds the No. 6 all-time mark at MU in the high jump with a height of 1.71 meters (5 feet, 7.25 inches) and the No. 10 all-time mark in the javelin with a mark of 33.76 meters (110 feet, 9 inches). The senior was a USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree in 2013 and is poised to become a BIG EAST All-Academic selection for the fourth consecutive season. She graduated in May with a degree in exercise physiology.
Niemann garnered All-BIG EAST First Team accolades after her redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, and was once again tabbed with conference honors following her junior campaign in 2015, earning Marquette’s Institutional BIG EAST Female Scholar Athlete of the Year. Niemann has been a member of three Marquette teams that have reached the NCAA Championship, and was an integral part of the 2015 MU squad that finished with a 22-12 record, ranking third on the team with 334.0 points scored. The Jackson, Wisconsin native, who set the Marquette single-season record with 150 blocks in 2014, is an elementary education and math major.
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