March 31, 2014
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Villanova senior long pole John LoCascio and Denver junior attackman Wes Berg and picked up BIG EAST men's lacrosse weekly awards on Monday.
Denver and Villanova are tied with St. John's atop the BIG EAST standings at 2-0 entering the week.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
John LoCascio, VILLANOVA Sr., LSM/D, Fairfield, N.J. LoCascio combined for 12 ground balls and four caused turnovers in two Villanova wins last week. On Wednesday, he picked up five ground balls and caused three turnovers in the Wildcats' 13-8 triumph over Georgetown. He also added a goal and two assists in the win. On Saturday in a 9-7 victory over then-No. 17 Penn State, LoCascio had seven ground balls, one caused turnover and another assist. The senior from Fairfield, N.J., ranks third in the nation among long poles with 20 career points.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
WES BERG, DENVER Jr., A, Coquitlam, British Columbia Berg tied a career high with nine points off a season-best six goals and three assists in Saturday's 17-9 triumph at Georgetown which improved the Pioneers to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the BIG EAST. Six of his seven shots on goal went in the net, and he padded his stats with a pair of ground balls. Berg is tied for eighth in the conference at 3.2 points per game and ninth with 2.3 goals.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
TYLER KNARR, GEORGETOWN Gr., FOGO/LSM, Eagleville, Pa. Moved into second in Hoya history with 264 career ground balls after picking up 23 last week in two games against Villanova and Denver. Went 32-of-51 (.627) at the X.
TYLER MELNYK, MARQUETTE R-Sr., A, Calgary, Alberta
Netted a program-record eight points to lead Marquette to its first BIG EAST victory in history, a 14-13 win at Rutgers. Scored back-to-back first-quarter tallies and logged his fifth of the day early in the fourth quarter for a 10-6 lead.
KIERAN McARDLE, ST. JOHN'S Sr., A, Ronkonkoma, N.Y. Became the program's all-time assists leader passing Mike Bolger with four in Saturday's 14-7 win at Providence on FOX Sports 1. Added three goals for a seven-point effort. Now has 124 career helpers.
MARK DiFRANGIA, ST. JOHN'S Jr., D, Fort Washington, Pa. Spearheaded the Red Storm's defensive efforts that held Providence off the board in the first quarter and to seven goals total. Caused a season-high four turnovers, while St. John's totaled 16 altogether.
GARRET HOLST, DENVER Jr., M, Fishers, Ind. Tallied a career-high three caused turnovers and hauled in two ground balls in Denver's 17-9 win at Georgetown on Saturday.