Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/29/15
From Press Release
Villanova junior midfielder Jack Curran (Fair Haven, N.J.) has been selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team as announced by the conference office on Thursday afternoon. The Wildcats were also chosen to finish third in the league and garnered 17 points overall while Denver and Georgetown rounded out the top two slots in the BIG EAST Men’s Lacrosse Preseason Coaches Poll.
Wes Berg and Christian Burgdorf of Denver were selected as the BIG EAST Preseason Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for 2015, respectively. Both were unanimous picks for the preseason major awards and the All-BIG EAST Preseason Team prior to the start of the season.
Curran earns his first preseason honor after being named a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection following the conclusion of his sophomore season where he registered 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points. The Fair Haven, N.J. native appeared in 15 games just a year ago while making nine starts as part of the Villanova midfield. Curran returns to the Main Line for his junior season where he was named a team captain for the 2015 slate.
St. John’s senior co-captain Mark DiFrangia (La Salle) was a unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team.
DiFrangia is St. John’s third unanimous selection to the Preseason All-BIG EAST team in program history and the first-ever Red Storm defenseman to earn the honor. Former St. John’s All-American attackman Kieran McArdle garnered the honor and was named BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, while LSM Dillon Ayers was a unanimous pick to the preseason all-conference team in 2012 and 2013.
DiFrangia became the first St. John’s defenseman named All-BIG EAST last spring as the native of Fort Washington, Pa., earned second team honors. He ranked second in the conference and 11th nationally in caused turnovers per game at 1.86 as a junior, leading St. John’s with 26 caused turnovers overall and adding 37 groundballs, second-most on the team. DiFrangia was named to the March 31 BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll after tying a career-high with four caused turnovers and collecting four groundballs in a 14-7 victory at Providence, and corralled a career-high eight groundballs in the season-opening home victory over Holy Cross.
The six men’s lacrosse members of the BIG EAST participate in a five-game, single round-robin format, playing each opponent once each year. The 2015 season will mark the fourth for the BIG EAST Championship and will be held April 30th and May 2nd at Villanova University. The top four teams in the conference standings determined and seeded by winning percentage in conference play at the conclusion of the regular season, will advance to compete in the postseason.
The Wildcats return to action in just a few short weeks when they host Johns Hopkins on February 14th at Villanova Stadium. Game time is slated for 1 p.m.
2015 Preseason Lacrosse All-BIG EAST Team and Awards
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year – Wes Berg, Denver, Sr., Attack ^
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year – Christian Burgdorf, Denver, So., Defense ^
Preseason All-BIG EAST
^ Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Sr., GK
^ Wes Berg, Denver, Sr., A
^ Zach Miller, Denver, So., A
Jack Bobzien, Denver, Jr., A
^ Eric Adamson, Denver, Sr., M
^ Christian Burgdorf, Denver, So., D
Peter Conley, Georgetown, So., M
Kyle Whitlow, Marquette, RS-Jr., M
^ B.J. Grill, Marquette, RS-Jr., D
^ Liam Byrnes, Marquette, RS-Jr., LSM
Jarrod Neumann, Providence, So., D
^ Mark DiFrangia (La Salle), St. John’s, Sr., D
Jack Curran, Villanova, Jr., M
^ – denotes unanimous selection
Preseason Coaches’ Poll First place votes in ( )
1. Denver – 25 pts. (5)
2. Georgetown – 18 pts.
3. Villanova – 17 pts.
4. Marquette – 16 pts. (1)
5. St. John’s – 9 pts.
6. Providence – 5 pts.