Amplo Encouraged By Growth Of Men's Lax Program
Jan. 29, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team returned from Charlotte, N.C. Saturday night following exhibition games against High Point University.
Head coach Joe Amplo brought his full roster to play two un-scored scrimmages at Ardrey Kelly High School in Charlotte. Although there was no winner determined, Amplo was nonetheless pleased at the effort his team showed.
"I had no expectations going into the scrimmage in terms of wins and losses," said Amplo. "I thought our young players played very well for the first time all year against another colored shirt and the first time since November being on a full field. It showed we were off to a good start, so I'm very encouraged."
Amplo believes this year's team is far more prepared that last year's squad to confront the challenges of still being a new program and competing at a high level.
"I think there's definitely a sign of growth, for what we're up against in terms of our preparation, and to preform the way that they did shows how mature they are," said Amplo. "I'm amazed at what these kids can handle. They're the toughest group I've been around in terms of the daily things that affect our program. Those kids handle it without fail."
The Golden Eagles travel to the University of Michigan this weekend for two scrimmages against the Wolverines and Denison University. The squad opens up the regular season with a match against No. 17/19 Lehigh in Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday, Feb. 8.