Men's Lacrosse Preseason Comes to a Close on Long Island
Feb. 10, 2013
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - For the second weekend in a row, the Marquette University men's lacrosse team split a pair of exhibition contests on the road. MU traveled to Hofstra where they fell to the host Pride, 15-6, in the first contest, before rebounding to defeat Penn, 12-6, to close out the preseason.
Both games were originally scheduled for Saturday morning, but were pushed back one day due to a blizzard that dropped more than 30 inches of snow on some parts of Long Island.
While no official scores or statistics were kept during Sunday's modified scrimmages, Marquette found itself down 9-2 in the opening half before settling in against the Pride, ranked as high as No. 16 in the NCAA Division I preseason polls.
Redshirt junior Bryan Badolato ignited the MU offense by scoring the team's first two goals late in the second quarter, and the Golden Eagles carried the momentum into the second half following an abbreviated halftime.
Henry Nelson and Tyler Melnyk both found the back of the net to begin the third period as Marquette went on to register four straight goals against Hofstra. Despite adding fourth-quarter goals from Blaine Fleming and Thomas Place, the Pride out-scored MU 6-4 in the final stanza.
It was all Marquette from the very beginning in the afternoon match versus Penn. Brendan Smith led the Golden Eagles with three goals. Kyle Whitlow and Connor Bernal both added two more for the Blue & Gold, which boasted eight different goal scorers.
MU also controlled most of the possession, originating from a 14-8 advantage on faceoffs, split between Cullen Cassidy and Paul Riportella.
Marquette returns home to Milwaukee on Sunday night and has two more weeks of practice to gear up for its inaugural regular-season opener on Feb. 23 at Ohio State.