Cole Blazer is BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
April 4, 2016
NEW YORK - After shutting down a potent Villanova offense on Saturday in his first career start, Marquette University goalie Cole Blazer was named the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Junior attackman Ryan McNamara and sophomore faceoff specialist Zachary Melillo were also named to the league's weekly honor roll.
Blazer made 13 saves in his first career start and allowed just three goals to a Villanova offense that entered the game averaging 14.88 goals per game, the country's second-best mark. Blazer recorded a save percentage of .813 on the day and faced a total of 31 Villanova shots. The Libertyville, Illinois native saved three shots off the stick of the nation's leading scorer Jake Froccaro to hold the junior without a goal for the first time this season.
McNamara continued his torrid pace with four goals in Saturday's victory over No. 5/6 Villanova and sits fourth in the nation with an average of 3.25 goals per game this season. He scored the game's first goal and put MU ahead 7-0 in the second quarter with consecutive tallies.
The Eagan, Minnesota native has a career-best 26 goals in 2016, which ranks as the third-best single season mark in Marquette history. He has scored in his last 12 games dating back to last season and accumulated 33 goals over that span.
Melillo helped the Golden Eagles control play against Villanova by winning 70 percent of the game's faceoffs, going 12-of-17 at the X. Melillo picked up five of his own faceoff wins and scored his first goal of the season in the fourth quarter. He went 9-of-11 against VU's Luke Palmadesso, who entered the game 10th in the country in faceoff winning percentage.
The Golden Eagles (7-1) reentered both national polls on Monday, checking in at No. 17 in the media poll and No. 19 in the USILA Coaches' Poll. They are also ninth in the first NCAA men's lacrosse RPI ranking of the year, which was released on Monday.
Marquette returns to action on Saturday, April 9 at St. John's in a game that will be broadcast live on ESPN3 at 11 a.m. Central time.
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