Four earn BIG EAST MLAX honors
May 2, 2018
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania – Marquette University men’s lacrosse players Noah Richard and John Wagner earned All-BIG EAST Conference First Team honors, while Nick Grill and Zachary Melillo were named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, the league announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Richard was a unanimous choice at long-stick midfielder after leading the Golden Eagles with 24 ground balls in BIG EAST action and four caused turnovers. The junior also scored at St. John’s and added an assist against Georgetown in the BIG EAST-opening win over the Hoyas. Richard notched career bests of eight ground balls against the Red Storm and Duke, and has seven games with at least four ground balls, all but one of which have come since the start of league play.
As Marquette’s leading scorer, Wagner has posted 27 goals and eight assists in his first season playing primarily on attack. He’s scored game winners in five of Marquette’s six victories this season and all of them have come either in overtime or the final 10 seconds of regulation. The St. Davids, Ontario native is a two-time BIG EAST Attack Player of the Week and had a career-high six points in Marquette’s stunning comeback win over Providence on April 14 that propelled the Golden Eagles into the conference tournament.
Grill, also earned second team all-league honors as a freshman and is the primary shutdown defender for the Golden Eagles. The Bridgeview, New Jersey native has 22 ground balls and five caused turnover this season after posting 15 and nine as a freshman.
Melillo, who earns the third second team all-league accolade of his career, has won nearly 60 percent at the face-off X in 2018, checking in at a .596 clip (124-of-208) and leads the team with 47 ground balls. After returning from a midseason injury, Melillo won almost 70 percent in the next four games, which included contests against St. John’s and Providence and top-10 squads in Villanova and Notre Dame. The Warren, New Jersey native is Marquette’s all-time leader in face-off wins and winning percentage and ranks sixth nationally among NCAA active career leaders in wins.
The Golden Eagles will face the top-seeded Denver Pioneers in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship, presented by Jeep, on Thursday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. Central time in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
2018 Men’s Lacrosse All-BIG EAST Teams and Regular Season Awards
Attack Players of the Year
Midfielder of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Goalkeeper of the Year
Freshman of the Year
Coaching Staff of the Year
All-BIG EAST First Team %
All-BIG EAST Second Team @
^ - denotes unanimous selection
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