Lacrosse Drops Exhibition at High Point; Michigan Next
Jan. 27, 2015
HIGH POINT, N.C. - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team opened its exhibition season with a 16-4 road loss at High Point University on Saturday, Jan. 24.
Similar to the past two seasons, head coach Joe Amplo used this preseason scrimmage a growing tool. He encouraged his players to make mistakes during the four quarters against High Point, knowing there will be plenty of opportunity to learn from film.
"I told our guys at halftime, if you look at the scoreboard it doesn't matter. I care about the next play," Amplo said. "Come Thursday of this week, you're going to be such a different team than you are right now."
Sophomore attackman Kyran Clarke, who received limited playing time during man-up situations last season and scored six goals, also put forth a notable performance.
"I was happy with the way our kids competed and everybody who played received a lot of minutes," Amplo said. "We played all three goalies, three face-off men, nine or ten defensemen and five or six short-stick defensive midfielders."
The two teams are in different spots at this point in the season as MU sits two weeks from its season opener and the Panthers will face Delaware on Satuday, Jan. 31 in the first NCAA regular season game of the 2015 season. High Point had twice as many practices under its belt at the time of the game and Amplo viewed the match-up as another intense practice.
"It truly was a day of growing and learning," Amplo said. "High Point has a game this weekend, so they treated it like a 60-minute game. It was great for our kids to go against that and it provided everybody that was in there, a game-like atmosphere."
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, Jan. 31 against Michigan for the third time in a preseason scrimmage. The Golden Eagles will also face Dension at Oosterbaan Field House in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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