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Marquette Magazine Features Marquette Soccer's New Home

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Jessie Bazan of Marquette Magazine details the opening of the Klein Family/KBS Soccer Pavilion in a web exclusive. Head MU men's soccer coach Louis Bennett and sophomore midfielder Charlie Hoover along with head women's soccer coach Markus Roeders and senior defender Kerry McBride express their excitement for the future of their programs.

"After years of congregating in a tent on the sidelines, Marquette's soccer players have plenty of reasons to be excited about this new place.

"Marquette recently dedicated the new Klein Family/KBS Soccer Pavilion, a $1.2 million facility that Men's Head Coach Louis Bennett describes as "a fantastic boost" for the men's and women's programs. This spacious, state-of-the-art pavilion located at Valley Fields features locker rooms for the teams and officials, a training room and spectator restrooms."

Read the entire article here.

Madison Sports Hall of Fame Honors Wesley Matthews

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MADISON, Wis. - Former Marquette guard and current Portland Trail Blazer Wesley Matthews will be given the Edgewood College "Pat Richter" Favorite Sibling Award by the Madison Sports Hall of Fame when the club inducts its 49th annual class on Wednesday, June 1 at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center.

The award has been given annually since 1963 for an outstanding sports achievement by an individual who was born and raised in Madison.

Click here for more information on the Madison Sports Hall of Fame.

Matthews joined the Trail Blazers as a restricted free agent in July 2010 and scored 15.9 points per game during his first year in the Rose City. (Blazers Bio Page) The ninth-leading scorer in Marquette history started 75 games for the Blazers, including all six playoff contests, and competed in the annual Rookie Challenge at the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles.

Last year's recipient was Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Suter, who led Team USA to the silver medal in the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Prior to joining the Predators, Suter played at the Bradley Center with the Milwaukee Admirals during the 2004-05 season.

TNT interviewed former Marquette Golden Eagle Scott Merritt, who gives his eye-wittness account of the devastating 8.9 magnitute earthquake that struck Japan this past March. This segment aired last night on "Inside the NBA" following the Bulls-Heat playoff game.

Here's a link to the video on NBA.com. It profiles Yuta Tabuse, who is currently a teammate of Merritt's with the team Link Tochigi Brex of the Japanese Basketball League.

NBA Mock Draft Update

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The 2011 NBA Draft is exactly one month away: June 23, 2011 

TheHoopsReport.com, a respected NBA mock draft site, projects Jimmy Butler to be a first-round pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Butler is currently slotted 28th overall to the Chicago Bulls. HoopsReport also chatted with Jimmy for a few minutes on the draft process and his NBA future: Jimmy Butler NBA Draft Interview

DraftExpress.com, meanwhile, has Butler going to Chicago with the 13th pick of the second round. 

If drafted, Butler would be the 54th player in school history to have his name called in the NBA Draft. 


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The Minnesota Lynx held its annual media day Friday, May 20 at the Life Time Fitness Training Center. Above is the first image taken of Angel Robinson in her Lynx uniform.

Robinson continues training camp with the Lynx, and the team will play two exhibition games on Tuesday, May 24 and May 31 against the Indiana Fever before the final roster is set.

Photo credit: Minnesota Lynx

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Marquette assistant men's golf coach David Merkow (left) caddied for Kelly Kretz at West Bend CC during Tuesday's U.S. Open local qualifying tournament.

Former Marquette University men's golfer Kelly Kretz tied for second place and survived a playoff Tuesday at West Bend Country Club to advance to an upcoming U.S. Open sectional qualifier.

In dramatic fashion, Kretz was the only player in the local qualifying tournament to birdie the closing hole 18, pitching in from 25-feet to earn a spot in a four-person playoff.

Kretz took an uplayable lie off his tee shot on the first playoff hole. He then hit onto the green and knocked in a 2-foot putt for bogey to secure one of four sectional-qualifying positions and a chance to qualify for the U.S. Open, June 16-19, at Congressional Country Club.

MU assistant men's golf coach David Merkow, who as a player has advanced through three U.S. Open local qualifying tournametns during his career, caddied for Kretz on Tuesday.

According to Gary D'Amato of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Kretz intends to turn professional later this summer.

Read Gary's recap of Tuesday's local qualifier at JS Online.

Wesley Matthews featured in Dime Magazine

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Dime Magazine, #64, May/June 2011, p. 62 (online version)

Former Marquette guard Wesley Matthews is featured in the May/June 2011 edition of Dime Magazine. The article highlights his rise from undrafted rookie to NBA starter. Matthews just completed his first season with the Portland Trail Blazers after signing a five-year contract as a restricted free agent in the 2010 off-season.

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"As difficult as the journey is to make the world's greatest basketball league, most NBA players realize their destination a few years in advance. But to navigate that unglamorous trail as an undrafted player, a player no one wanted, that route is shrouded in near darkness. They have to know where they are going and they have to know where they came from. The Portland Trail Blazers' Wesley Matthews came and took what was his. He made his dreams a reality."

Callen Design Group Playhouse Winner Announced

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Jane Polinski of Waukesha was the winner of a Marquette-themed playhouse thanks to a contest sponsored by Callen Design Group during the 2010-11 men's basketball season.

Polinski was the official winner of the drawing, but gave the playhouse to her nephew Andy Wojanowski for use by his two daughters.

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Recent Marquette grad and former Golden Eagles men's soccer player Anthony Colaizzi is playing with the Des Moines Menace this summer of the USL Premier Development League.

The Menace featured Colaizzi with a player profile piece on the team's website, along with a YouTube video. Check out his juggling skills at the 1:30 mark ...

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Editors at College Soccer News recently listed the Milwaukee Cup among the nation's greatest college soccer rivalries. The annual match between Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee ranked No. 10 on the website's list of "The Fourteen Greatest Rivalries in College Soccer From Coast To Coast."

Read the full article here.

The series with UWM dates back to the 1973 season with the Panthers holding the all-time advantage. Marquette took home the Cup in 2008 and 2009 on game-winning goals by Golden Eagles' senior-to-be Calum Mallace.

"The Milwaukee Cup is an experience like no other," said MU defender Michael Alfano, who has played in three of the derbys against the Panthers. "Thousands of fans lining the field creates an electrifying atmosphere. And with bragging rights on the line, the rivalry proves exciting and high-tempo every year."

Last season, UWM defeated MU 4-2 in front of 2,083 fans at Valley Fields, an all-time home attendance record for Marquette. It was UWM's first victory over the Golden Eagles in the Milwaukee Cup since the 2006 season.

"It's a special match because it creates a festival-like reunion for the Milwaukee soccer community," said MU assistant coach Steve Bode, who played at UWM from 2002-2007 under former Panthers', and current MU head coach, Louis Bennett. "As a player, you know that the game is going to be packed with fans, some yelling at you and other cheering you on. You can't ask for a better environment."

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Complete Interview

This past March, the Marquette University men's basketball team was one of the darlings of the NCAA Tournament, as the 11th-seeded Golden Eagles scored a pair of upsets en route to an appearance in the Sweet 16. While the players were getting the job done on the court, behind the scenes, Athletic Trainer Ernest Eugene, MS, ATC, NASM-PES, CES, was working just as hard to keep them healthy. In this interview, Eugene discusses his career path, the differences between a pro and college setting, and working with coaches.

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