Marquette’s Blazer and Richard earn BIG EAST weekly honors
April 9, 2018
NEW YORK – Junior Noah Richard and senior Cole Blazer were each honored by the BIG EAST Conference for their play in Marquette’s 11-10 overtime victory at St. John’s with mention on the league’s weekly honor roll on Monday afternoon.
The honor is the first of Richard’s career, while Blazer is recognized for the second time this season.
Richard picked up a career-high eight ground balls and added a second period goal, his first of the year, in the win. The long-stick midfielder helped Zachary Melillo win 18-of-24 face-offs against the Red Storm and his ground ball total is the second-most for a non-faceoff specialist in MU history. The program record of nine ground balls by a wing player was last recorded by his older brother and current Marquette assistant coach Jacob Richard in 2016. Liam Byrnes also notched nine in a single game that same season.
The Golden Eagles are 5-1 with the West Chester, Pennsylvania native in the lineup and saw their three-game skid end when he returned from injury against Georgetown on March 24. He’s picked up at least five ground balls in the last four games in which he’s seen extended playing time, save for the Ohio State game on March 2 in which he sustained the injury that kept him out.
Blazer, a BIG EAST All-Preseason Team selection, made a season-best 16 saves and picked up three ground balls against St. John’s. The senior turned away six shots on net in the third quarter as well as four in the final period of regulation and one in overtime. He now has 315 saves in his career, tying him with former teammate Jimmy Danaher (2014-17) for first in program history.
The Libertyville, Illinois native previously earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors on March 26 after posting a season-high 15 saves against then-No. 16/18 Georgetown.
Marquette (5-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) hosts its final two home games of the regular season this week, beginning with No. 14/15 Notre Dame on Wednesday. That game will air live on FS1 at 6 p.m. Central time from Valley Fields.
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