BIG EAST Garners Eight USILA All-America Selections

Kieran McArdle of St. John's

Kieran McArdle of St. John's

May 28, 2014

NEW YORK – Villanova long pole John LoCascio, now playing professionally in Major League Lacrosse with the Rochester Rattlers, heads up a list of eight BIG EAST men’s lacrosse student-athletes who recently earned All-America designation from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA).

LoCascio, who wrapped up a stellar four-year career this spring, was the only player from the BIG EAST named to the first team. Joining him were St. John’s senior Kieran McArdle and Denver senior Jeremy Noble, both second-team selections, while Denver junior attack Wesley Berg and Georgetown graduate student and face-off specialist Tyler Knarr were third-team honorees. Marquette senior attack Tyler Melnyk, Denver junior midfielder Erik Adamson and Denver freshman defender Christian Burgdorf rounded out the list of eight.

LoCascio, McArdle and Noble all earned BIG EAST major awards this season. LoCascio and McArdle repeated as BIG EAST Defensive and Attack Player of the Year, respectively, while Noble was named the conference’s Midfielder of the Year. LoCascio was also one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which eventually went to Princeton midfielder Tom Schreiber. LoCascio was named to the Senior CLASS Award first team last week.

In addition, LoCascio, McArdle, Noble, Berg, Knarr, Melynk and Adamson were all first-team All-BIG EAST picks in late April.

2014 USILA Division I All-America
First Team
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM

Second Team
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M

Third Team
Wesley Berg, Denver, Jr., A
Tyler Knarr, Georgetown, Gr., FO

Honorable Mention
Tyler Melnyk, Marquette, Sr., A
Erik Adamson, Denver, Jr., M
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Fr., D