April 21, 2014
NEW YORK - Two players who played significant roles in either sealing or helping out their respective teams' playoff hopes were recognized with weekly awards from the BIG EAST Conference Monday, as St. John's senior attack Kieran McArdle and Marquette redshirt sophomore Liam Byrnes were named the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.
Marquette clinched a berth in the BIG EAST Tournament thanks to Byrnes' help on the defensive end in Saturday's come-from-behind win in overtime, while McArdle spearheaded St. John's offense and netted the game-winning goal as the Red Storm stayed alive for the postseason. Both teams won 11-10 in overtime.
BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week
KIERAN McARDLE, ST. JOHN'S Sr., A, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.
McArdle capped off a seven-point performance by scoring the overtime game-winner 2:23 into the extra period to give the Red Storm a thrilling 11-10 win over Villanova and - more importantly - reignite their hopes of making the BIG EAST Tournament. His first goal of the game came in the first quarter to put St. John's up 2-1, and his second tied the game at 9-all with 5:11 remaining in regulation. McArdle's fourth assist of the contest was on Ryan Fitzgerald's marker with 2:46 to go to tie the game at 10-10. The Tewaaraton Trophy candidate has 35 goals and 39 assists on the season.
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week
LIAM BYRNES, MARQUETTE R-So., LSM, West Islip, N.Y.
Byrnes totaled five ground balls and three caused turnovers, including a pair during the Golden Eagles' second-half rally, in Marquette's 11-10 overtime win over Georgetown. His defensive plays enabled Marquette to hold the Hoyas at bay after they'd build a 9-3 lead, enabling Marquette to mount its comeback. Byrnes was also a key part of Marquette's defense that helped post a perfect 15-for-15 showing.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
TYLER MELNYK, MARQUETTE R-Sr., A, Calgary, Alberta
WES BERG, DENVER Jr., A, Coquitlam, British Columbia
Scored four times and added two assists in Denver's 14-6 win at Providence, lifting the Pioneers to 5-0 in the BIG EAST. It was his fourth hat trick of the season and 16th of his career.
Tallied a fourth-quarter hat trick and totaled four goals in Marquette's 11-10 overtime win over Georgetown that lifted the Golden Eagles into their first BIG EAST Tournament. Scored back-to-back goals late in regulation to erase a 10-8 deficit and force overtime.
JOE ADDONA, ST. JOHN'S Sr., D, Springfield, Pa.
Picked up six ground balls and caused one turnover to lead the Red Storm's defense in an 11-10 overtime win against Villanova. Led a defense that held the Wildcats to 28 total shots.
CHRIS HAMPTON, DENVER So., Bethesda, Md.
Went 13-of-19 on face-offs, including 6-of-7 in the decisive second half, to help Denver beat Providence 14-6. The Pios were up 6-5 at halftime before outscoring the Friars 8-1 in the second 30 minutes, thanks in large part to possessions created by Hampton's face-off wins. Also logged a career-high eight ground balls on the day.
DAN WILLIS, VILLANOVA Fr., GK, Moorestown, N.J.
Recorded a career-high 19 saves in Villanova's 11-10 overtime loss at St. John's. Has started all 12 games in the cage for the Wildcats.