Byrnes Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
April 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE – Redshirt sophomore Liam Byrnes was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, marking the third consecutive week a Marquette University student-athlete claimed the award.
In addition, redshirt senior Tyler Melnyk garnered BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition after the attackman led MU back from a 9-3 deficit to defeat Georgetown 11-10 in overtime this past Saturday.
Byrnes, a native of West Islip, N.Y., is making his second appearance on the BIG EAST weekly award list this season. The long stick midfielder made his biggest impact in the second half Saturday, finishing with three caused turnovers and a team-high five groundballs.
Byrnes was able to take many of these loose balls down the field to Marquette’s offensive zone allowing the Golden Eagles’ attack to win the second-half time of possession battle. He also made a big impact from the faceoff wing, helping fellow redshirt sophomore Tyler Gilligan scrap his way to four second-half wins at the X.
He consistently disrupted the Hoyas offense, which allowed Melnyk and the MU attack to pull off an 8-1 run to clinch a berth in the BIG EAST tournament.
Melnyk, who played in his first game since April 6 at St. John’s, proved to be the offensive catalyst in an 8-1 Marquette run to end the game Saturday, as the Golden Eagles rallied for their fourth consecutive BIG EAST victory.
The Calgary, Alberta native not only notched a fourth-quarter hat trick, but single-handedly tallied more points than the entire Hoyas offense in the second-half. He finished with four goals on the afternoon.
Melnyk scored his third and fourth goals just minutes apart from each other late in the fourth quarter to complete a 7-1 comeback that sent the game into overtime.
The Golden Eagles will take their four-game BIG EAST winning streak to No. 3/3 Denver this Saturday with a chance to win a share of the BIG EAST regular season title and a No. 1 overall seed in the BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Championship.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Tyler Melnyk, MARQUETTE R-Sr., A, Calgary, Alberta
JOE ADDONA, ST. JOHN'S Sr., D, Springfield, Pa.
CHRIS HAMPTON, DENVER So., Bethesda, Md.
DAN WILLIS, VILLANOVA Fr., GK, Moorestown, N.J.