March 24, 2014
NEW YORK – What a week it was for St. John’s senior Kieran McArdle. The Tewaaraton Award watch list member erupted for 12 goals and 16 points, breaking the Red Storm’s program records in both categories in non-conference wins over Hofstra and Stony Brook. Meanwhile, redshirt junior Teddy MacKenzie was a beast on the back line to help Denver log its first BIG EAST victory against Rutgers.
Villanova’s John LoCascio, Denver’s Tyler Pace, Rutgers’ Christian Trasolini, Providence’s Andrew Barton and St. John’s Drew Viscusi earned spots on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll Monday.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
KIERAN McARDLE, ST. JOHN’S Sr., A, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
McArdle authored a history-making week, finishing with 16 points on 12 goals and four assists over two games. He scored six times, including the overtime game winner to become St. John’s all-time points leader in an 11-10 victory over Hofstra on Tuesday. He added two assists in the game for eight points. McArdle dented the twice six more times in Saturday’s 13-11 win over Stony Brook to give him the program’s all-time goals lead as well. He leads the BIG EAST in goals (3.12), assists (2.50) and points (5.62) per game, and is now the Red Storm program leader with 110 goals and 219 points.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
TEDDY MacKENZIE, DENVER R-Jr., D, Livingston, Mont.
MacKenzie led Denver’s defensive effort with a career-best six caused turnovers as the Pioneers won their BIG EAST opener 17-11 over Rutgers on Saturday. MacKenzie entered the game with just two caused turnovers on the season, but is now tied for the team lead with Jeremy Noble with eight. He’s tied for fourth on the club with 14 ground balls after grabbing two against the Scarlet Knights. Denver outscored Rutgers 5-1 in the third quarter, with MacKenzie anchoring a defensive effort that allowed just two shots in that frame.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
JOHN LoCASCIO, VILLANOVA Sr., LSM/D, Fairfield, N.J.
Picked up six ground balls, caused three turnovers and dished one assist in Villanova’s 10-8 win over Marquette in the BIG EAST opener for both.
TYLER PACE, DENVER Fr., A, Mission, British Columbia
Notched a career-high four goals in Denver’s 17-11 win over Rutgers in the program’s first BIG EAST game. It was his second career hat trick and he has a point in seven of nine games.
CHRISTIAN TRASOLINI, RUTGERS Fr., A, New Hyde Park, N.Y.
Scored a career-best four goals in a 17-11 loss at Denver on Saturday to lead his team. Added an assist for a five-point day.
ANDREW BARTON, PROVIDENCE Sr., A, Timonium, Md.
Scored five goals and finished with seven points in Providence’s 12-11 loss to Brown on Saturday.
DREW VISCUSI, ST. JOHN’S Sr., D, Floral Park, N.Y.
Finished with 10 ground balls over two games. Picked up the key ground ball to give the Red Storm possession in overtime in Tuesday’s 11-10 win over Hofstra. On Saturday against Stony Brook, he anchored a defense that held the Seawolves scoreless in a 5-0 fourth quarter as St. John’s rallied for a 13-11 win.