Noah Richard, John Wagner, Nick Grill and Zachary Melillo were all honored by the BIG EAST
Melillo is Marquette's all-time leader in face-off wins and is sixth among active NCAA D-I athletes.
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
Honors and Awards-
Marquette's all-time leader in faceoff wins (464) and win percentage (.551)
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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