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Big East Coaches poll: Villanova picked to finish 3d; LoCascio named Defensive Player of the Year

Thursday, 30th January 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Rankings  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/30/14
From Press Release

The BIG EAST Conference has released its Preseason Coaches Poll and the Villanova Wildcats find themselves slotted third, and senior LSM John LoCascio was recognized as the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

First-year conference participant Denver claimed the top spot with 36 points and six first-place votes. The Pioneers advanced to the ECAC Tournament finals and NCAA Tournament semifinals a year ago. St. John’s was No. 2.

John LoCascio

John LoCascio

Villanova seniors Christopher Conroy (Chatham, N.J.) and Chris Piccirilli (Davidsonville, Md.) also have been selected to the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team.

Kieran McArdle of St. John’s was selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season.

LoCascio earns his second preseason honor after being named a Third Team All-America selection to cap an outstanding junior season. He was chosen as the 2013 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, was an unanimous selection to the All-BIG EAST First Team and also earned a spot on the 2013 BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team. As a junior, LoCascio ranked first in the NCAA averaging 3.79 caused turnovers per game and also registered two goals and six assists for eight points as a dominate force in the Villanova backfield last season. Through his three seasons as a Wildcat, LoCascio has collected 164 ground balls and caused 87 career turnovers and currently ranks 2nd all-time at Villanova averaging 1.93 caused turnovers per game.

Conroy and Piccirilli both earn their first preseason accolades with today’s announcement. Conroy was a 2013 First Team All-BIG EAST selection a year ago and was also named a 2014 Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-Conference honoree. Piccirilli garners his first BIG EAST honor after appearing in 42 games and making 15 starts throughout his three years on the squad.

2014 BIG EAST Preseason Awards & Polls

Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^

Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^

All-BIG EAST Team
Wesley Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^
Reilly O’Connor, Georgetown, Jr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^
Charlie McCormick, Georgetown, Jr., M
Andrew Barton, Providence, Sr., M
Carson Cannon, Denver, Jr., D ^
John Urbank, Georgetown, Sr., D
Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D
Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^
Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FO
Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK

^ – unanimous selections

2014 BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches’ Poll

1. Denver – 36 points (6 first-place votes)
2. St. John’s – 31 (1)
3. Villanova – 25
4. Georgetown – 22
5. Providence – 12
Rutgers – 12
7. Marquette – 9

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