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PNC Lacrosse Spotlight: Gonzaga Midfielder Nick McEvoy

July 27, 2016
During the 2016 season, Gonzaga faceoff specialist/midfielder Nick McEvoy scored 37 goals with 21 assists and had 201 ground balls to lead the Eagles to a 19-2 mark and their seventh straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. McEvoy scored a goal, led all players with 13 ground balls and won 23 of 29 faceoffs in the Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic. He will attend Penn State.

PressBox: How big of an honor was it to be selected to this year's Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic?

Nick McEvoy: It was an incredible honor to be named an Under Armour All-American. I was so excited when I received the call from Inside Lacrosse informing me of my selection. Back in January, Coach [Casey] O'Neill asked us to list both our team and individual goals for the season. Being named an Under Armour All-American was my top individual goal.

PB: What's it like being on the same team with some of the guys you had formerly competed against in high school?

NM: I've actually played with some of these guys throughout my high school career on various club and All-Star teams during the summers. I looked forward to meeting and playing with and against some of the best lacrosse players in the country that I had yet to meet. It was a fun time not only on the field but also during the various social events Under Armour had planned for us.

PB: What was the key for Gonzaga to win a seventh straight WCAC title? Was there added pressure to keep that streak going?

NM: I think the key for Gonzaga's seventh straight WCAC title was just being a team. We had a lot of great players this year, and instead of being selfish and trying to just get "your stats," we played like a team. We shared the ball and supported each other throughout the entire season. There was no outside pressure put on us to keep the streak going, but I know the senior class felt some pressure put on them by ourselves. We did not want to be the class that lost the title.

PB: What went into your decision to attend Penn State? Were you able to watch the Nittany Lions during the Big 10 tournament at Johns Hopkins this year?

NM: I chose Penn State because of its excellent reputation in both academics and athletics. Coach [Jeff] Tambroni and the staff made me feel like a member of the Penn State lacrosse family the moment I stepped on campus. I was not able to catch the Nittany Lions at the Big 10 tournament this year due to conflicts with my lacrosse schedule. I did watch them a lot this year on the Big Ten Network and was able to see them in-person back in October when they played at Landon in the Capital Lacrosse Classic.

PB: Do you have any idea what you want to study?

NM: I plan to major in business at Penn State.