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Curran Named Co-BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year, Six Others to All-Conference Team
May 3, 2017

The BIG EAST Conference announced the men’s lacrosse major award winners and all-conference team on Wednesday, May 3rd prior to the start of the BIG EAST Championship.

Villanova’s Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) was named Co-BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, this is his second major award.  He is joined on the first team by senior midfielder Jake Froccaro (Sands Point, N.Y.), junior attack Christian Cuccinello (Mountain Lakes, N.J.), and senior defenseman Danny Sweeney (Glenelg, Md.).

Graduate student midfielder John Kluh  (Lothian, Md.), redshirt junior midfielder Devin McNamara (Lutherville, Md.), and senior long stick midfielder Kurtis Naslonski (Randolph, N.J.)  were named to the 2017 All-BIG EAST Second team. 

Jack Curran, Gs. Atk (Fair Haven, N.J.) was named Co-BIG EAST Attacker of the Year, this is his second major conference award, last season he was named Co-Midfielder of the Year.  This season Curran leads the Wildcats with 63 points on 46 goals and 17 assists.  Against St. John’s, Curran netted eight goals tying the single game goal scoring record.  Also when he netted his final goal that day and broke the single season goal record set in 1991.  Curran’s name is also in the Villanova record books for career goals, career assists, and career points. 



Jake Froccaro, Sr. Mid. (Sands Point, N.Y.) for the second season has been a unanimous selection for the All-BIG EAST First Team.  The senior has 46 points this season, he netted 32 goals and dished out 14 assists.  For a handful of games this season he became the Wildcats primary faceoff taker and this season has gone 71-for-136 (.522) and has a team high 79 ground balls. 

Christian Cuccinello, Jr., Atk (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) earns the first postseason accolade of his career with today’s announcement.  Cuccinello was named to the All-BIG EAST First team, this season he has registered 30 goals and 31 assists, the assists are a league best.  He scored a career high five goals during the Wildcats overtime win against Marquette and also had a career high eight points against Brown this season.  Also he is one of four active Villanova players with over 100 career points, he accomplished this feat against St. John’s. 

Danny Sweeney, Sr. Def. (Glenelg, Md.) earned his first BIG EAST Weekly Defensive Player honors on Monday and has now been named to the All-BIG EAST First team.  This is Sweeney’s first career postseason accolade and he was a unanimous selection.   Leading the backfield, he has covered many First-Team All-Americans attackman this season and has collected 21 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers.   He currently ranks 10th all-time in caused turnovers with 30 over his four year career. 

John Kluh, Gs. Mid.  (Lothian, Md.) has been selected for his second postseason award of his career being named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.  This season the fifth year has earned 15 points thanks to 10 goals and five assists. 

Devin McNamara, R-Jr. Mid. (Lutherville, Md.) for the second year has been named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team.  Midseason McNamara transitioned to the starting midfield line and has been successful.  He has netted 13 goals and dished out the same amount of assists for a total of 26 points. 

Kurtis Naslonski, Sr. LSM (Randolph, N.J.) earned his first postseason accolade being named to the All-BIG EAST Second team.  This season he has collected 24 ground balls, caused nine turnovers, and netted four goals while dishing out two assists for six points. 

Denver’s Connor Cannizzaro shared the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Year honors with Curran while teammate Trevor Baptiste has been named Midfielder of the Year.  Providence’s Jarrod Neumann and Tate Boyce were named Defensive Player of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year respectively. The Pioneer’s Ethan Walker was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.  Providence’s head coach Chris Gabrielli and his staff were named Coaching Staff of the Year.   

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 DiMichiei, 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