PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 29, 2014) – Rutgers men’s lacrosse sophomore A Scott Bieda (Bridgewater, N.J.), senior D Nick Contino (Branchburg, N.J.), junior FO Joe Nardella (Cazenovia, N.Y.) and redshirt senior M Anthony Terranova (Flemington, N.J.) were each named Second Team All-BIG EAST members, the conference announced Tuesday.
“It is an honor to represent Rutgers in the BIG EAST Tournament this weekend and I am proud of this team for all the hard work they have put in to be able to play big games in the month of May,” said head coach Brian Brecht. “It is exciting to see the BIG EAST honor a few of our players for the job they have done this year. Scott, Anthony, Joe and Nick have certainly earned the honor of being called All-BIG EAST players. I know they are proud to take the field in the postseason with their teammates on Thursday and wear the scarlet jersey for all the alumni that have paved the way for them to have this opportunity.”
The Scarlet Knights were represented with one player in each of the position groups: attack, midfield, defense and specialists. The four league honorees are the most in a single season for the program since at least 2003, and the most since joining the BIG EAST in 2010. Nardella earned a spot for the second time in his career, also recognized on the second team last season.
Bieda ranks third in conference play in points per game (4.17) and third in assists per game (2.00). The sophomore posted at least two points in all six conference games this season, tallying five or more in four different league contests. He earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week recognition on April 28 and ranks 38th nationally with 1.50 assists per game in 2014.
Contino has caused nine of his 17 turnovers this season in BIG EAST play. At Denver (March 22), he helped RU hold 2013 USILA Honorable Mention All-American and 2014 Tewaaraton Award Watch List member Wesley Berg to just one goal. Finally, in a key game at Georgetown (April 26), he shut down GU’s Bo Stafford, who is second on the team in points and leads the Hoyas’ attack unit. Stafford had just one assist, while Contino collected a career-high six ground balls, caused a game-high two turnovers and scored the game’s opening goal. The senior ranks 71st nationally and 10th in the BIG EAST with 1.13 caused turnovers per game and earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition on April 28.
Nardella, an Inside Lacrosse Midseason First Team All-American, has compiled an impressive .650 (199-of-306) face-off win percentage this season, totaling 10 or more wins in all but one game he has played in. Overall, he ranks second in the league in face-off win percentage and ground balls per game. Nationally, he is fourth and third in those categories.
Terranova ranks third on the team with 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in league play. He posted at least one point in all six conference games and two or more in five contests. The redshirt senior earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on April 7. He was a key contributor offensively for the Scarlet Knights on the week, posting six points on four goals and two assists. He started by posting a season-high three scores in a 16-13 BIG EAST win over St. John’s on April 2. He followed that up with one goal and two assists at No. 17 Princeton on April 5. Terranova is second on the team with 17 assists this season and is tied for first in the BIG EAST with two game-winning goals in league play.
The Scarlet Knights take on top-seeded and No. 2 ranked Denver in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship at Villanova Stadium on Thursday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. in Villanova, Pa. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking here.
All-BIG EAST Team and Major Awards in Men’s Lacrosse
Attack Player of the Year – Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr.
Midfielder of the Year – Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr. (&)
Defensive Player of the Year – John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM
Goalkeeper of the Year – Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr.
Coach of the Year – Joe Amplo, Marquette
First Team All-BIG EAST
Wes Berg, Denver, Jr., A ^
Tyler Melnyk, Marquette, R-Sr., A
Kieran McArdle, St. John’s, Sr., A ^
Erik Adamson, Denver, Jr., M
Jeremy Noble, Denver, Sr., M ^
Peter Conley, Georgetown, Fr., M
Christian Burgdorf, Denver, Fr., D
B.J. Grill, Marquette, R-So., D ^
Chris Conroy, Villanova, Sr., D
John LoCascio, Villanova, Sr., LSM ^
Tyler Knarr, Georgetown, Gr., FOS ^
Jamie Faus, Denver, Sr., GK (at-large selection)
Ryan LaPlante, Denver, Jr., GK
Second Team All-BIG EAST %
Jack Bobzien, Denver, So., A
Scott Bieda, Rutgers, So., A
Kevin Cernuto, St. John’s, Sr., A
Kyle Whitlow, Marquette, R-So., M
Anthony Terranova, Rutgers, R-Sr., M
Ryan Fitzgerald, St. John’s, Sr., M
Jack Curran, Villanova, So., M
Nick Contino, Rutgers, Sr., D
Mark DiFrangia, St. John’s, Jr., D
Chris Piccirilli, Villanova, Sr., D
Liam Byrnes, Marquette, R-So., LSM
Joe Nardella, Rutgers, Jr., FOS
Dan Willis, Villanova, Fr., GK
& - unanimous selection for Midfielder of the Year
^ - unanimous first-team selection
% - second team included four midfielders because of a tie in the voting
Breakdown by school
Denver – 6 first team/1 second team/7 total
Georgetown – 2/0/2
Marquette – 2/2/4
Providence – 0
Rutgers – 0/4/4
St. John’s – 1/3/4
Villanova – 2/3/5
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