McNamara on All-BIG EAST Preseason Team; MU picked third

Jan. 25, 2017

BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK – Senior attackman Ryan McNamara was selected unanimously to the All-BIG EAST Conference Preseason Team, while the No. 18 Marquette University men’s lacrosse team was picked to finish third in the BIG EAST, the league’s annual survey of head coaches revealed Wednesday.

McNamara was a USILA Honorable Mention All-American as a junior and a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team choice at attack after switching from the midfield position five games into last season. The Eagan, Minnesota native posted single-season program records of 40 goals and 57 points in 2016 and is now Marquette’s all-time goal scoring leader with 80 career tallies.

He is set to begin his final season of eligibility with much of MU’s offensive unit returning in 2017, including classmates Kyran Clarke, Andy DeMichiei and Joseph Dunn, as well as rising junior Tanner Thomson.

The Golden Eagles, who captured their first BIG EAST tournament crown in 2016 after a second place regular season finish, return seven of 10 starters and play their second exhibition date of the spring on Friday, Feb. 3 against High Point at Valley Fields.

2017 Preseason Men’s Lacrosse All-BIG EAST Team and Awards

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Connor Cannizzaro, Denver, Sr., A ^ #



Preseason Defensive Players of the Year
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Sr., D ##

Preseason All-BIG EAST *
Tate Boyce, Providence, So., GK
Daniel Bucaro, Georgetown, So., A
Connor Cannizzaro, Denver, Sr., A ^
Ryan McNamara, Marquette, Sr., A ^
Jack Curran, Villanova, Grad., M
Jake Froccaro, Villanova, Sr., M ^
Joey Froccaro, Villanova, So., M ^
Tyler Pace, Denver, Sr., M ^
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Sr., D ^
Michael Mayer, Georgetown, Sr., D
Jarrod Neumann, Providence, Sr., D ^
Charlie Ford, Georgetown, Sr., LSM
Sean Mayle, Denver, Jr., LSM
Trevor Baptiste, Denver, Jr., FOGO ^

Preseason Coaches’ Poll
First place votes in ( )
1.            Denver – 25 pts. (5)
2.            Villanova – 21 pts (1)
3.            Marquette – 16 pts.
4.            Georgetown – 14 pts.
5.            Providence – 9 pts.
6.            St. John’s – 5 pts.

^ - denotes unanimous selection
# - preseason Player of the Year pick for 2016
## - preseason Player of the Year pick for 2015 & 2016
* - due to a tie in voting, there are two long-stick midfielders on the preseason all-conference team

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