MU Sweeps Weekly BIG EAST Lacrosse Awards
April 7, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University redshirt sophomores Kyle Whitlow and B.J. Grill garnered BIG EAST Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively, following their performances during Sunday's 11-10 double overtime win at St. John's.
Whitlow, an offensive midfielder, entered last weekend's game scoring points in three consecutive contests and notching at least two points in all but two of MU's 10 games prior to playing St. John's.
The Orillia, Ontario native continued this streak by producing his highest point total of the season with five, including his fifth career hat trick and two assists.
Whitlow opened up the scoring in Queens and found the back of the cage again in the second quarter to push MU out to a 3-1 lead. After his first helper of the game to Tyler Melnyk early in the third quarter, Whitlow earned a hat trick to give the Golden Eagles a three-goal lead.
"It didn't seem like Kyle had five points, but that's just an example of who he is, he's a humble kid," said MU Head Coach Joe Amplo.
His three goals came on only five shots and he did not commit a turnover.
"After watching the film, he made the right plays. He just did what he's supposed to do, and that's what Kyle has done since he's been here," said Amplo. "The midfield is starting to take his personality and our performance offensively is an indication of who Kyle Whitlow has become."
Whitlow has tallied 25 points on the season, which is good for second on the team.
Redshirt sophomore defenseman B.J. Grill was tasked with guarding Red Storm attackman Kieran McArdle, who entered the matchup ranked first in the BIG EAST in points, goals, and assists per game. Further McArdle was ranked third in Division I in points per game.
"He (Grill) wants the big assignments and he handles them," said Amplo.
Grill battled the Tewaaraton Award watch list member all afternoon and held him without a goal for the first time since March 19, 2013.
"B.J. is a stud. He understands the game. He has unbelievable athleticism, and he's mentally and physically tough," said Amplo. "He has everything we need in a defenseman and he is the heart and soul of our defense. He just did his job yesterday, there was no doubt in my mind he was going to rise to the occasion because he always does."