Byrnes Named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week

Liam Byrnes

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
KIERAN McARDLE, ST. JOHN'S Sr., A, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
McArdle capped off a seven-point performance by scoring the overtime game-winner 2:23 into the extra period to give the Red Storm a thrilling 11-10 win over Villanova and - more importantly - reignite their hopes of making the BIG EAST Tournament. His first goal of the game came in the first quarter to put St. John's up 2-1, and his second tied the game at 9-all with 5:11 remaining in regulation. McArdle's fourth assist of the contest was on Ryan Fitzgerald's marker with 2:46 to go to tie the game at 10-10. The Tewaaraton Trophy candidate has 35 goals and 39 assists on the season.

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
Liam Byrnes, MARQUETTE R-So., LSM, West Islip, N.Y.
Byrnes totaled five ground balls and three caused turnovers, including a pair during the Golden Eagles' second-half rally, in Marquette's 11-10 overtime win over Georgetown. His defensive plays enabled Marquette to hold the Hoyas at bay after they'd build a 9-3 lead, enabling Marquette to mount its comeback. Byrnes was also a key part of Marquette's defense that helped post a perfect 15-for-15 showing.

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
WES BERG, DENVER Jr., A, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Scored four times and added two assists in Denver's 14-6 win at Providence, lifting the Pioneers to 5-0 in the BIG EAST. It was his fourth hat trick of the season and 16th of his career.

Tyler Melnyk, MARQUETTE R-Sr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Tallied a fourth-quarter hat trick and totaled four goals in Marquette's 11-10 overtime win over Georgetown that lifted the Golden Eagles into their first BIG EAST Tournament. Scored back-to-back goals late in regulation to erase a 10-8 deficit and force overtime.

JOE ADDONA, ST. JOHN'S Sr., D, Springfield, Pa.
Picked up six ground balls and caused one turnover to lead the Red Storm's defense in an 11-10 overtime win against Villanova. Led a defense that held the Wildcats to 28 total shots.

Went 13-of-19 on face-offs, including 6-of-7 in the decisive second half, to help Denver beat Providence 14-6. The Pios were up 6-5 at halftime before outscoring the Friars 8-1 in the second 30 minutes, thanks in large part to possessions created by Hampton's face-off wins. Also logged a career-high eight ground balls on the day.

Recorded a career-high 19 saves in Villanova's 11-10 overtime loss at St. John's. Has started all 12 games in the cage for the Wildcats.


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