Tyler Melnyk Named USILA All-American
May 22, 2014
MILWAUKEE - Redshirt senior attackman Tyler Melnyk earned an All-America Honorable Mention from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Thursday morning. He is the first Marquette lacrosse player to ever receive an All-American bid, and the only one to be recognized this year.
Melnyk's 36 goals, 15 assists and 51 points led the team this season and his goal and point tallies are single-season team records. The leading scorer in program history, Melnyk notched a hat trick in eight of his team's 16 games this season. He also led the Golden Eagles to their first-ever BIG EAST win, tallying a team-record eight points, including five goals, against Rutgers.
"Tyler has tremendous natural lacrosse ability," said assistant coach Steve Brundage. "You cannot teach most of what he accomplished out on the field. Moreover, with his background in box lacrosse, he was extremely coachable in learning to play the outdoor game the right way. Even though he possesses a superb knack for scoring, what I thought separated him was his willingness to pass and get his teammates involved in the offense. His leadership and production will be missed on our team. The Marquette men's lacrosse program is lucky and proud to have Tyler become the first-ever All-American."
Melnyk's performance this season earned him a spot on the All-BIG EAST First Team in late April, alongside redshirt sophomore defenseman B.J. Grill. The Calgary, Alberta, native was also one of the first two players in team history to be named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor-Roll, and earned the distinction three times this season.
Melnyk finished his 2014 campaign ranked second in the conference in both goals per game (2.57) and points per game (3.64). Those numbers ranked 19th and 22nd in the nation, respectively. Melnyk's shot percentage of 42.4 was the fifth-best mark in the BIG EAST and 26th in the nation.
This All-America honor caps off a two-year Marquette career in which Melnyk scored 59 goals and tallied 30 assists.