Junior attackman Kieran McArdle is St. John's first USILA Second Team All-American.
May 23, 2013
QUEENS, N.Y. - St. John's record-breaking junior attackman Kieran McArdle hasn't set foot on a lacrosse field for a game in more than a month, but his season continues to get better.
Three weeks after becoming the first St. John's player ever to be named BIG EAST Attack Player of the Year, McArdle was named a United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) second team All-American, the highest individual honor ever bestowed on a lacrosse player in school history.
"This honor is truly representative of the year Kieran had, and the player he has become," said Red Storm head coach Jason Miller. "He continues to get better and better every year, and deserves this recognition as one of the nation's best players."
McArdle is just the second player in St. John's history to be recognized as an All-American. He also received USILA All-American Honorable Mention honors as a sophomore in 2012, the same distinction awarded to former program all-time saves leader Joe Weingart in 1986.
Looking at McArdle's statistics and accolades this season, the award comes as no surprise.
A Tewaaraton National Player of the Year nominee, McArdle rewrote the St. John's record books as a junior, tallying 36 goals and 49 assists to become the school record-holder in assists and points in a season. McArdle recorded 10 games of five points or more in 2013, and his 85-point output alone as junior would tie him for 14th on the St. John's all-time scoring list. McArdle now ranks third all-time in career goals at St. John's with 85 and assists with 99.
McArdle's record-breaking junior campaign also registered on the national level. The Ronkonkoma, N.Y., native finished the regular season ranked second in the NCAA for points per game (6.54) and assists per game (3.77).
The junior became the first player to ever capture the BIG EAST Conference "triple crown" as he led the league in points, goals and assists, finishing 32 points ahead of the next-highest contender. McArdle was a unanimous conference first team selection on his way to the league's Attack Player of the Year award and received on the BIG EAST Weekly honors six times in 2013, with a pair of Offensive Player of the Week Awards along with four Honor Roll selections. Before his record-breaking campaign got underway, McArdle was selected the 2013 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year.
McArdle twice broke the St. John's record for highest single-game point total, first in a five-goal, seven-assist performance in a 20-13 home victory over Rutgers on March 16 and a second time in a six-goal, seven-assist explosion in a 17-11 out-of-conference victory over Robert Morris on March 23.
McArdle's unprecedented offensive output this season guided St. John's lacrosse to its most successful campaign in history. The nine games won by St. John's in 2013 (9-4, 3-3) were the most since program reinstatement in 2005 and the second-most ever for the program. The Red Storm rose to as high as No. 14/10 in the national rankings this season.
McArdle is one of only three BIG EAST student-athletes represented in the USILA All-American first and second teams. Jojo Marasco of Syracuse was named to the first team and Orange teammate Brian Megill received second team accolades.
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