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.
Here, we’re going to talk about the best helpers in men’s lacrosse history, aka the guys with the most assists.
Last year, I said that not only was Conor Gately’s record of 63 assists — set in the first four years of the program’s existence by the way — safe, but so was Ryan McNamara’s second best total of 50 career assists. I had solid logic to stand on at the time. McNamara had a 25 assist lead on everyone on the active roster, and no one had ever recorded more assists than the 20 that Gately had in MU’s first ever season.
Yeah, so, Jake Stegman obliterated Gately’s record with 32 assists, and now he’s the #2 guy on the career list. That means he’s only five away from tying Gately and six away from passing him to hold the record all by his lonesome. Unexpected at this time a year ago to be sure, but someone was going to come along and get both Gately’s career and single season records eventually, y’know?
There are a couple more guys we’re going to watch this season. Devon Cowan starts the season at #8 all time with 28 assists after dishing out four in 11 games last year. That was a career low for him after putting up eight assists in each of his first three campaigns. Were he to post a career high of 9 this season, that would scoot Cowan past Andy DeMichiei for the #4 spot.
Will Foster has moved within one assists of the career top 10 after just two seasons. In fact, his total of 26 is the ninth highest number anyone has ever posted because there’s a tie for 7th and 9th best in program history. Foster had 10 assists last season after 16 the year before, so it’s easy to see how he could become MU’s fourth 50 assist man in program history without difficulty this year.
Bobby O’Grady is known for putting the ball in the net, but his proficiency at shooting does make him a dangerous passer if teams overpursue him to shut him down. He hasn’t had an explosion of assists, but merely repeating the five or six assists he had as a freshman and sophomore would push him into the top 15 this year. Once you start stacking assists, it’s easy to start shooting past people on the list, but we can’t honestly say O’Grady has much of a shot at 15 assists this season when the second best single season total is 20.
In-Season Update: Jake Stegman broke Marquette’s record for assists in a game on February 13th against Detroit Mercy. Along the way, he also broke Conor Gately’s career record for assists!
Here’s what the chart looks like after Marquette’s game against #1 Notre Dame.
Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Career Assists Chart