Athletics Award Recipients
ROBERT L. AND WILLIAM P. MCcAHILL aWARD
Robert (B.J.) Grill, Arts '15 and
and Tatyana N. Pashibin,
H Sci '16
B.J. Grill: B.J. was one of the main reasons the Marquette men’s lacrosse team reached remarkable heights last season: a Big East championship and its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance.
The Bridgewater, N.J., native served as the Golden Eagles’ captain each of his final two seasons. He was an All-Big East First Team selection in both 2014 and 2015, and a two-time Big East All-Academic Team selection. He earned the 2015-2016 Big East Sports Excellence Award for men’s lacrosse in honor of his excellence in the classroom, on the field and in the community.
He was named as a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American, honoring student-athletes who use their platforms to make positive impacts in their communities. B.J. helped coach the Milwaukee Eagles wheelchair lacrosse team, assisted with events for the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and participated in walks and runs for charity, toy drives, Hunger Clean-up and Habitat for Humanity.
B.J. was selected in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft by the Denver Outlaws, whom he helped to the MLL Championship as a rookie starting defenseman. He is currently finishing up his MBA in Marquette’s College of Business Administration and serves as the director of lacrosse operations for Marquette’s men’s lacrosse program.
B.J. is the first men’s lacrosse player to earn the McCahill Award. Says coach Joe Amplo, “He epitomizes everything that our program and this university is about: hard work, discipline, commitment and excellence.”
Tatyana N. Pashibin: Serving as team captain while maintaining excellence in the classroom, Tatyana led the women’s track and field team to its first-ever Big East indoor and outdoor team titles during the 2015–2016 season.
Tatyana was a five-time All-Big East selection and three-time Big East champion, winning the 2014 indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon along with the 2015 outdoor high jump. Tatyana currently holds the all-time No. 3 mark at Marquette for the indoor high jump, which still stands as the Marquette freshman record. She also holds top-10 marks in the triple jump, long jump and pentathlon.
Tatyana completed her degree in exercise physiology with a 3.92 grade point average, was a four-time Big East All-Academic selection and was named the Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year in women’s track and field.
She was a track and field representative to Marquette’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, where she assisted in decision-making for student-athlete affairs, helped plan service and fundraising events, and was instrumental in the organization’s sexual violence awareness campaign.
Tatyana is an avid volunteer in the community who worked with the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, Campus Kitchens Project, United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee, Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk, and many more organizations throughout her time at Marquette.
Tatyana is the 10th women's track-and-field athlete to earn the McCahill Award. Says coach Bert Rogers, “I couldn't be more proud of Tate and the difference she made here at Marquette.”