NEW YORK – Marquette University striker Bobby O’Grady is the BIG EAST conference freshman of the year in men’s lacrosse, it was announced Wednesday afternoon.
Attack Companion Devon Cowandefender Mason Woodward and face-off specialist Luke Williams were honored to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, while O’Grady was a First Team selection.
O’Grady was the unanimous choice for the league’s top rookie award after setting Marquette’s new single-season (44) and single-game (8) records for goals scored this season. He is the first Golden Eagle to earn this honor and the first MU freshman ever named to the All-BIG EAST First Team. The Milton, Mass. native scored 22 goals and added a pair of assists in the BIG EAST game, while shooting 46.8 percent with eight man goals. The southpaw scored 49 points in 14 games and set a new program record with 13 power-play goals.
O’Grady’s goalscoring prowess propelled him into United’s season and career goalscoring charts and saw him overtake all-time leading scorer Ryan McNamara with his fifth goal in the No. No. 2 Georgetown on April 16. O’Grady’s 44 goals are already the ninth-highest career tally in United history and he is one goal away from moving up to eighth. He is also one point away from becoming the 16th United player to reach 50 career points and only the fourth to do so in a single season (McNamara (57 in 2016), Jordan Greenfield (52 in 2015), Tyler Melnyk (51 in 2014) ).
Cowan and Woodward each missed significant portions of the season, but earned all-conference accolades for the second time in their careers. Cowan had 20 goals and eight assists in 10 games, while Woodward had 54 ground balls and 17 turnovers in 11 games, including 10 starts. Despite only playing three conference games, Woodward led all BIG EAST defensive players with 17 rushes in league action. Cowan scored 11 goals and added five assists in five league games, although he played sparingly in the only conference game he didn’t start.
Williams earns the first playoff accolade of his career after posting a 57.1 faceoff percentage (132 of 231) along with 69 rushed balls, four goals and three assists. In the BIG EAST game, against three of the nation’s top faceoff specialists at Georgetown, James Reilly, Villanova’s Justin Coppola and Denver’s Alec Stathakis, Williams won an impressive 61.8% of the ties he has. won with 35 balls on the ground and a pair of goals. He is only the second faceoff specialist from United to earn playoff honors, after Zachary Melillo, who was a three-time all-league selection while playing in a conference with Denver’s Trevor Baptiste. .
The Golden Eagles will make their sixth appearance in the BIG EAST Championship Presented by JEEP on May 5 with a semi-final game against top seeded and No. 2 Georgetown at 7:30 p.m. PT from Cooper Field in Washington, D.C.
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2022 All-BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Teams and Regular Season Awards
Offensive Player of the Year
Dylan Watson, Georgetown, Sr., A^
Midfielder of the Year
Graham Bundy, Jr., Georgetown, Jr., M^
Defensive Player of the Year
Will Bowen, Georgetown, Grad., D^
Goalkeeper of the Year
Owen McElroy, Georgetown, Gr., G^
Freshman of the Year
Bobby O’GradyMarquette, Fr., A^
Coaching Staff of the Year
Kevin Warne, Head Coach
BIG EAST First Team*
Owen McElroy, Georgetown, Grad, G^
JJ Sillstrop, Denver, Jr., A.
Dylan Watson, Georgetown, Sr., A^
Bobby O’GradyMarquette, Fr., A
Matt Campbell, Villanova, Sr., A^
Jack Hannah, Denver, Graduate, M^
Graham Bundy Jr., Georgetown, Jr., M^
Brett Baskin, Villanova, Graduate, M
Jack DiBenedetto, Denver, Jr., D
Will Bowen, Georgetown, Graduate, D^
Gibson Smith IV, Georgetown, Graduate, D^
Alex Mazzone, Georgetown, Sr., LSM
Zachary Geddes, Georgetown, Sr., SSDM ^
James Reilly, Georgetown, Sr., FO
All-BIG EAST Second Team @
(listed in alphabetical order)
Chet Comizio, Villanova, Sr., SSDM
Justin Coppola, Villanova, Jr., FOGO
Devon CowanMarquette, RS-So., A
Matt Grillo, Providence, Sr., A
TJ Haley, Georgetown, So., A
Jonathan Huber, St. John’s, RS-Sr., A
Luke Keating, Villanova, Graduate, A
AJ Mercurio, Denver, Jr., D
Malik Sparrow, Denver, Jr., LSM
Ted Sullivan, Denver, Graduate, M
Jack Thompson, Denver, Jr., G
Alex Trippi, Georgetown, Graduate, M
Luke WilliamsMarquette, RS-So., FO
Mason WoodwardMarquette, RS-So., D
^ – indicates unanimous selection
* – due to a tie there are 14 players in the first team
@ – due to a tie there are 14 players in the second team