By now, you should be more than familiar with our series of regularly updating leaderboards for various Marquette Golden Eagles sports accomplishments. Keep checking back to that link in the previous sentence for our charts as the seasons continue to churn through history and MU’s various teams continue to create new memories and accomplishments.
This rundown is going to look at men’s lacrosse and the record for career points.
Ryan McNamara’s career points record is officially up for grabs.
McNamara finished his four year tenure with the Golden Eagles in 2017 with 152 points. He broke Conor Gately’s record of 140 and became the first MU player to hit 150 by the end of his senior season. There are two men who can challenge that mark this season.
Devon Cowan enters 2024 with 114 career points. He is the fourth Marquette player to ever hit the century mark. If he matches his career best in points of 38, he ties McNamara’s record. It’s that simple. Is it slightly unfair to McNamara that Cowan is in his fifth season of eligibility and will have a chance to break his record? It’s actually not, because between COVID terminating Cowan’s freshman year early and a couple of injuries, Cowan has only played 41 games for Marquette. Even if he plays in all 14 regular season games this season, he’ll still only have 55 games played, and McNamara appeared 64 times for the Golden Eagles. Can’t knock a record falling on a higher points per game average, y’know?
But Cowan isn’t the true threat to McNamara’s record.
Bobby O’Grady comes into his junior season in 2024 with 99 career points. After a 50 point freshman year, the fourth 50 point year in program history, O’Grady wasn’t able to sneak up on anyone in 2023, and only recorded 49 points. Another 50 gives him 149. 54 points in 14 regular season contests, which would not be a single season record for Marquette, sends O’Grady past McNamara in just three seasons and 43 games.
And then he has his senior season in 2025 to figure out the new ceiling on the program’s all-time best mark.
Lurking in the background is Jake Stegman, who tied O’Grady for the team lead in points last season to move himself up to 91 in his career. He enters his fifth season of eligibility sitting in 8th place all time and in need of nine points to become the sixth (let’s be honest, O’Grady’s getting there first) player in Marquette history to record 100 career points. It’s not impossible for Stegman to also break McNamara’s career record. It would take 61 points, which would break Marquette’s single season record, but only by four. Someone is going to have a 60 point season for MU eventually. If Cowan and O’Grady put on a fireworks show this season, Stegman has a chance to ride their success to a ton of points after he broke the single season assists record last year.
We’ll also be keeping an eye on Will Foster and Luke Blanc. Foster had 23 points as a sophomore last season to bring him up to 49 career points, while Blanc has tallied 41 points in two seasons since transferring from UMass. Ryan Fazio is holding down 15th place all time with 52 points, and both men should go shooting into the top 15 at the very least this season. Foster would need a 30 point campaign to get into the top 10 by May, but hey: Neither guy is expected to wrap up their Marquette careers this year, so they’ve got time to keep on climbing.
Here’s how the chart stands after Marquette’s game against #12 Michigan.
Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Career Points Chart