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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have any idea what you want to study?
NM: I plan to major in business at Penn State.