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.
We can safely say that Ryan McNamara’s career record for points is safe this year. No one is getting to 152 points by the end of this season. Same goes for Conor Gately’s second best total of 140 points.
Everything else is on the table this season. In fact, we can turn this into something of a fun game to watch. Here’s the game: How many people on this list will Bobby O’Grady pass before Devon Cowan gets to 100 career points or to John Wagner’s #3 all-time mark of 109 career points?
As a freshman last year, Bobby O’Grady broke the single season goals record with 45 and became the fourth Marquette player to ever record 50 points in a season. That’s over three points a game! On one hand, you don’t expect someone to break a program record two years in a row, on the other hand, you expect freshmen to get better as sophomores. These are the two sides of the coin when trying to figure out what to expect from O’Grady in Year 2.
Cowan, on the other hand, has averaged 2.8 points per game for his Marquette career. Last year, he tallied 29 points on 21 goals and eight assists, and he did that in just 11 games after being hampered by an injury in the early goings. That leaves him with 84 for his career heading into his senior season. Cowan is 16 away from becoming the fourth Marquette player with 100 career points and 26 points away from passing John Wagner for third place all-time. These feel like reasonable possibilities for him because a 14 game schedule and merely hitting his career average would send him flying past both of these marks.
But how fast will he get there relative to how fast O’Grady can ascend? If O’Grady’s capable of putting up a second straight 50 point season, then he’s going to get to 100 by the time we get to May. O’Grady is currently tied with Blaine Fleming and Peter Henkhaus for the 14th most points in program history. Cowan is seventh. In theory, it should take O’Grady almost the entire season to get to 100, but Marquette’s single season record is 57, set by Ryan McNamara in 2016. The coaching staff should be challenging him to get to 60. That means passing Wagner at 109. In theory, if both guys have a fantastic season, then we’re looking at Cowan and O’Grady’s names sitting right next to each other on this list at season’s end.
There’s a bunch of guys who we’re going to keep an eye on as this season goes along. Jake Stegman has 42 career points through three seasons and 32 career games. If he matches his 24 from last year, Stegman will be in the region of Marquette’s top 10, depending on where O’Grady is at the moment. Chris Kirschner has 31 career points through three seasons, although things have drastically slowed down for him after 20 in his first season. That’s still close enough to Fleming & Henkhaus at the edge of that top 15 that we want to keep an eye on him. Holden Patterson has returned for his fifth season of eligibility, and he has 28 career points. That’s halfway to Fleming & Henkhaus, but as you can tell, it would require him to effectively double his four year output to get there.
Will Foster (26) and Luke Blanc (20) put up notable numbers in their first years on campus, so they’re on track to go shooting into the top 15 eventually. Pierce Washburn had a nice sophomore year with 14 points in 2022, and while I don’t necessarily expect him to turn into a 40 point scorer and shoot towards 50 this season, his ascent is worth watching.
UPDATE (4/8/23): Devon Cowan scored twice against St. John’s to give him 100 points in his career and make him the fourth player in Marquette history to hit the century mark!
Here’s how the chart stands after Marquette’s game against #10 Denver.
Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Career Points Chart