Six honored with All-BIG EAST accolades

Ryan McNamara repeats on the first team, while five other MU players are on the second team.
May 3, 2017

BIG EAST Release

NEW YORK ­– Senior attackman Ryan McNamara was named to the All-BIG EAST First Team for the second year in a row and five other Marquette University men’s lacrosse players were named to the second team, the league announced on Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to McNamara, juniors Cole Blazer and Zachary Melillo each earned their second career honors with second team recognition, while Tanner Thomson, Andy DeMichiei and Nick Grill each earned second team honors for the first time in their careers. Blazer, Melillo and Thomson were also All-BIG EAST Championship Team selections at last year’s conference tournament.

McNamara, who was a 2016 USILA Honorable Mention All-American, leads the Golden Eagles into Thursday’s BIG EAST Conference semifinal with a team-high 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists this season. He is Marquette’s all-time leader in seven offensive statistical categories, including goals (97) and points (145).

Blazer sits among the league leaders in goals-against average (8.78) and save percentage (.529) and made a Marquette program-record 18 saves earlier this season against Ohio State. He has earned four BIG EAST weekly honors as a junior, including defensive player of the week recognition following that performance against the Buckeyes.

Melillo is the only face-off specialist on the second team after posting a mark of 126-of-235 (53.6 percent) on the year. He is MU’s all-time leader in face-off victories with 304 in just under two seasons in Milwaukee and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 10 after posting a mark of 19-of-25 against St. John’s.



Thomson and DeMichiei each earned recognition on the second team as Marquette’s second and third-leading point producers. Thomson has notched 16 goals and 10 assists as a junior, while DeMichiei, a Senior CLASS Award candidate, has 13 goals and 13 assists. The pair each earned recognition on the league’s weekly honor roll once in 2017.

Grill is one of only two freshmen on either of the two All-BIG EAST teams, joining Denver leading scorer Ethan Walker as the lone rookies. Grill has started every game on defense for the Golden Eagles and has handled the top assignment on the opposing roster in most games.

The Golden Eagles begin action in their fourth BIG EAST Conference Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Central time against top-seeded and No. 2 Denver in Providence.

2017 Men’s Lacrosse All-BIG EAST Teams and Regular Season Awards

Co-Attack Players of the Year
Connor Cannizzaro, Denver, Sr., A #
Jack Curran, Villanova, Grad., A ##

Midfielder of the Year
Trevor Baptiste, Denver, Jr., FOS ^ ##

Defensive Player of the Year
Jarrod Neumann, Providence, Sr., D

Goalkeeper of the Year
Tate Boyce, Providence, So., G ^

Freshman of the Year
Ethan Walker, Denver, Fr., A ^

Coaching Staff of the Year
Providence (Head Coach Chris Gabrielli)

All-BIG EAST First Team %
Daniel Bucaro, Georgetown, So., A
Connor Cannizzaro, Denver, Sr., A ^
Christian Cuccinello, Villanova, Jr., A
Jack Curran, Villanova, Grad., A ^
Ryan McNamara, Marquette, Sr., A
Ethan Walker, Denver, Fr., A
Peter Conley, Georgetown, RS-Jr., M
Jake Froccaro, Villanova, Sr., M ^
Colton Jackson, Denver, So., M
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Sr., D ^
Jarrod Neumann, Providence, Sr., D ^
Danny Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., D ^
Trevor Baptiste, Denver, Jr., FOS ^
Sean Mayle, Denver, Jr., LSM
Michael Mayer, Georgetown, Sr., LSM
Tate Boyce, Providence, So., GK ^

All-BIG EAST Second Team @
(listed alphabetically)
Craig Berge, Georgetown, RS-Jr., M
Cole Blazer, Marquette, Jr., G
Conner Byrne, Providence, Jr., SSDM
Andy DeMichiei, Marquette, Sr., A
Connor Donahue, Denver, Jr., M
Nick Grill, Marquette, Fr., D
Nick Hatzipetrakos, Providence, So., A
John Kluh, Villanova, Grad., M
Devin McNamara, Villanova, RS-Jr., M
Zachary Melillo, Marquette, Jr., FOS
Kurtis Naslonski, Villanova, Sr., LSM
Tyler Pace, Denver, Sr., M
Alex Ready, Denver, So., G
Tanner Thomson, Marquette, Jr., M

^ - denotes unanimous selection
# - Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 (award name was changed for the 2017 season)
## - Co-Midfielders of the Year in 2016
% - due to a tie in voting, there are 16 players on the all-conference first team
@ - due to a tie in voting, there are 14 players on the all-conference second team

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