Byrnes, Grill, Richard and McNamara Named All-Americans
May 28, 2016
MILWAUKEE – Four Marquette University men’s lacrosse players earned distinction as USILA All-Americans, the organization announced Saturday morning of championship weekend in Philadelphia.
Liam Byrnes was named to the second team as a long-stick midfielder, while fellow graduate student and defensive partner B.J. Grill was named to the third team along with short-stick defensive midfielder Jacob Richard. Junior Ryan McNamara earned honorable mention.
Byrnes, who made his MLL debut with the Florida Launch last weekend, concluded his final season in Blue & Gold as the BIG EAST Conference Defensive Player of the Year and led the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA Championship appearance in just their fourth season of competition.
The Golden Eagles won their first BIG EAST tournament championship in 2016 and the defenseman was honored as the championship’s most outstanding player. Byrnes, who saw time at close defense and as a long-stick midfielder during MU’s 61-game history, ended his career as the program’s all-time leader in ground balls (218) and caused turnovers (102).
Richard, a senior short-stick defensive midfielder, was second among all Golden Eagles with 63 ground balls this season and was second to Byrnes all-time at MU with 193 in his career. He was a fourth-round MLL draft pick of the N.Y. Lizards and is expected to make his pro debut in the coming weeks.
Grill, a three-time All-BIG EAST selection, was also honored Friday as a Senior CLASS Award First Team Senior All-American for his combined excellence in the classroom, the community, competition and his high character. The graduate student is second all-time at MU with 55 caused turnovers and registered 29 ground balls this season. Grill will make his pro debut with the Denver Outlaws on Saturday against the Boston Cannons at 7:30 p.m. Central time.
McNamara was a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team choice at attack after switching from his usual midfield position five games into the season. The Eagan, Minnesota native posted single-season program records of 40 goals and 57 points in 2016 and is now Marquette’s all-time goal scoring leader with 80 career tallies with one season of eligibility still remaining.
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