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B.J. Grill

Marquette University
Leadership Graduate Student (B.A. in Political Science - May 2015)


B.J. Grill graduated in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and was a USILA Scholar All-American in 2015. He was named to the Big EAST All-Academic Team as a junior and senior (MU lacrosse’s first two years as a league member). Grill is a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, the national student-athlete honor society. He holds a 3.5 grade-point average as a graduate student at Marquette.


Grill is a two-time team captain and an emotional leader for the Golden Eagles. He was Marquette’s first commitment when Head Coach Joe Amplo started building the program from scratch in 2011. Grill’s unrelenting work ethic has helped build himself from a 5-foot-5 unrecruited high school defenseman to a two-time All-Big EAST First Team selection and MLL draft pick. He was part of MU’s first team in 2011-12 which only practiced and did not play any games. Grill has been a positive fixture in the Marquette and Milwaukee communities since that season.


Grill has been involved in a wide variety of community service activities since his arrival on campus, including helping to coach the Milwaukee Eagles, a wheelchair lacrosse team full of local disabled and able-bodied veterans. He has worked with Jakub West through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and participated in MU initiatives since he has been on campus. Grill has participated in set-up and support for numerous charity walk/runs, including the Komen Breast Cancer Walk, the Starry Night 8.5k for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and the Out of Darkness Walk for suicide awareness and prevention. Grill also has participated in Hunger Clean-Up and Habitat for Humanity projects as well as providing assistance for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Toy Drive and Marquette’s Trick-or-Treat for neighborhood children.


Grill is a two-time All-Big EAST First Team selection and was the league’s only unanimous choice on defense in 2014. He was named an Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Yearbook preseason third-team All-American prior to 2016 and is a returning three-year starter. Grill has played in every game that Marquette has ever played and is routinely isolated with the top attackman on the opposing roster, shutting down All-Americans Kieran McArdle and Matt Kavanagh in previous campaigns. Grill was a fifth-round selection by the Denver Outlaws in the 2016 Major League Lacrosse Collegiate Draft and is second in program history in caused turnovers and fourth in ground balls.