The Midwestern programs are both relatively recent additions to the NCAA Division I landscape
McNamara was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team, while five others were second team selections
The juniors turned in big performances in Marquette’s win over St. John’s
Seven Golden Eagles were honored by the BIG EAST on Tuesday
The sophomore transfer won 18-of-19 faceoffs on Sunday against Detroit
Honors and Awards-
Marquette's all-time leader in faceoff wins and percentage
2017 Season (Jr.): Appeared in 15 games for the Golden Eagles, scoring two goals and going 155-of-297 at the faceoff x, good for a .521 percentage ... Scored a goal, grabbed four ground balls and caused a turnover while going 9-15 from the faceoff circle in the season-opener against Jacksonville (2/18) ... Went 10-18 in faceoffs against Detroit Mercy and grabbed four ground balls (3/5) ... Went 11-19 from the circle and secured four ground balls at Robert Morris (3/11) ... Secured six ground balls at Georgetown (3/25) ... Notched five ground balls against Air Force (3/28) ... Notched a goal, went 12-21 on faceoffs and grabbed six ground balls at No. 20 Villanova (4/1) ... Won a career-high 19 faceoffs, going 19-25 and winning all 11 he took in the second half in a win over St. John's (4/8) ... Went 18-25 from the faceoff x with six ground balls against No. 7 Notre Dame (4/11) ... Grabbed four ground balls versus No. 4 Duke (4/22) ... Secured three ground balls and caused a turnover against No. 2 Denver in the BIG EAST semifinal (5/4).
2016 Season (So.): Won 11-of-16 faceoffs and picked up five ground balls in Marquette debut against Bellarmine (Feb. 20) ... Won his first 18 faceoffs against Detroit (March 6) and 18-of-19 overall to claim BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll mention on March 7 ... Also tied a program record with nine ground balls against the Titans ... Won 17-of-22 against Robert Morris on March 12 and 15-of-21 against Georgetown (March 26) in the BIG EAST opener ... Earned second BIG EAST weekly accolade on April 4 after going 12-of-17 at the faceoff X against then-No. 5/6 Villanova (April 2) in an 11-3 victory and scored his first career goal at MU ... Went 9-of-11 against VU's Luke Palmadesso, who entered the contest with the nation's 10th-best faceoff winning percentage, to knock him out of the game ... Won 13 of 21 faceoffs and secured six ground balls in a 11-7 win at St. John's on April 9 ... Went 10-18 from the faceoff circle and grabbed six ground balls against Providence (April 16) ... Named to the All-BIG EAST Championship team after winning 52 percent of his draws against Villanova's Luke Palmadesso (14-of-27) and Denver All-American Trevor Baptiste (12-of-23) ... It was only the second time in Baptiste's career that he lost more draws than he won.
Prior to Marquette:
2015 (Fr. - at NJIT): Appeared and started in all 12 games. ranked first on the team in ground balls (57) ... Tallied two points on a goal and an assist ... Held a .451 faceoff percentage, winning 105 of 233 face-offs ... Took the first face-off for the NJIT men's lacrosse program against Stony Brook on February 20.
High School: Men's lacrosse captain for Watchung Hills High School team as a senior in 2014 ... second team All Skyland Conference ... first team all-state ... 2014 Gil Gibs Senior All Star ... Member of Watchung Hills football team, 2013-14 football team captain ... Mid-State 38 All-Conference Team Honorable Mention (Football).
Personal: Son of Gregory Melillo and Marybeth Schley ... business major ... born Feb. 26, 1996 in Plainfield, N.J.
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