Kieran McArdle Named One Of 25 Nominees For Tewaaraton Award|
April 26, 2014
QUEENS, N.Y. – The Tewaaraton Foundation has announced the men’s and women’s nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, presented by Panama Jack, and, for the second year in a row, St. John’s record-breaking senior attackman Kieran McArdle has been named one of the 25 finalists for the prestigious honor.
On May 8, five men's and five women's finalists will be announced. These finalists will be invited to Washington, D.C. for the 14th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, to be held May 29 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian.
McArdle, who during the Red Storm’s recently concluded regular season tallied 80 points on 40 goals and 40 assists, is the only St. John’s student-athlete to ever earn a Tewaaraton Award nomination.
“Kieran has been unbelievable all year,” said Red Storm head coach Jason Miller. “Opponents know who he is and know they have to contain him, and he still has 80 points this season. I’m not the greatest historian but the 40-40 balance has got to be pretty unique. Averaging close to six points per game against the teams and defenders we’ve gone up against speaks for itself. He picks our team up and carries us while also making the guys around him better. His classmates Colin Keegan and Kevin Cernuto have each hit the 100-point plateau this year. Ryan Fitzgerald is having his best scoring year and Stefan Diachenko is having his best scoring year as well. It’s not by accident. I’m not sure what else Kieran has to prove in order to be a finalist for this great award.”
In the latest NCAA statistical rankings, McArdle ranks third in the country in points per game at 5.69 and fourth in assists per game at 3.00, leading the BIG EAST Conference in both categories. McArdle also ranks 12th nationally in goals per game at 2.69, good for second-best in the BIG EAST. The senior has garnered three BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week awards during the current campaign, the latest on April 21 following a four-assist, three-goal performance capped off by the game-winning overtime score in the Red Storm’s 11-10 victory over Villanova on Senior Day at DaSilva Memorial Field.
McArdle has put together a historic season in 2014, becoming St. John’s all-time career leader in points, assists and goals in three separate games, all Red Storm victories. The attackman became St. John’s all-time career points leader on March 18 when he scored six goals – including the overtime winner – to go with two assists in an 11-10 home victory over local rival Hofstra to take his career points tally to 222. Just four days later, McArdle added another program record to his resume, scoring six goals in a comeback victory at Stony Brook to take his career tally to 110, the most ever at St. John’s. The senior reached the program “triple crown” on March 29 when he dished out four assists in a 14-7 victory at Providence, becoming St. John’s all-time career assist leader with 124.
On Friday and in the Red Storm’s regular-season finale, McArdle scored five goals in a loss to No. 10 University of Pennsylvania to take his season goal tally to 40, the most ever by a St. John’s student-athlete in a single campaign. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., broke his own single-season goals record since program reinstatement in 2005 – which he set last season with 36 goals – as well as St. John’s all-time single-season goals mark, previously held by John Salerno who scored 38 times in 1992 during a 15-game campaign.
McArdle is the owner of the nation’s second-longest point scoring streak, as the attackman has recorded at least one point in 52 consecutive games, a streak which began as a freshman in a 9-4 loss to Stony Brook on March 15, 2011. McArdle is also the NCAA’s active leader in career assists with 139, while his 264 career points rank him second in Division I among active players.
McArdle was one of 25 finalists for the 2013 Tewaaraton Award amid a junior campaign that saw the attackman set new school single-season records with 36 goals and 49 assists on his way to United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America second team accolades.
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