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.
I’m going to go ahead and say that Conor Gately’s program record for assists of 63 is safe this season. Same goes for Ryan McNamara’s hold on second place all-time with 50. Same goes for Andy DeMichiei in third, John Wagner in fourth..... y’know what, everyone in the top six is probably good to go for this season, and if you wanted to say top 8, you might even be right.
Griffin Fleming is your active assists leader with 13 in his career, but he is likely to miss the entire season due to a leg injury suffered in fall ball. That kind of sucks since he’s a redshirt junior. That means Ryan Fazio and his 12 assists right now after adding one in 2020 already is technically the active leader. Getting 20 assists in a season has happened just once in MU history, so you can see why I’m hesitant to think that Fazio can get to 30, much less to 24.
Still, Jack Zerillo’s 14 career assists are the 10th most in program history, and that’s easily catchable for a number of Golden Eagles. Connor McClelland has two already this year to get to 11 in his career and tie Bryan Badolato for the 15th most in program history. Anthony Orsini is still sitting on nine after the end of the 2019 campaign. Peter Henkhaus has dished one out to get to eight total. These guys getting between four and seven more assists this season? No problem at all, honestly. We’ll even track Devon Cowan here, as the freshman already has three assists on the year. What’s another 11 at this point, especially for a guy with another three years in front of him after 2020 is done?
In Season Update! Jake Stegman has matched Devon Cowan with four assists this season. Since that’s tied with Ryan Fazio for the team lead right now, Stegman gets in the chart.
Here’s what the chart looks like at the end of the 2021 season.
Marquette Men’s Lacrosse Career Assists Chart