Jacob Richard picked up three ground balls against the Knights.
Feb. 20, 2016
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MILWAUKEE - Zachary Melillo won 11-of-16 at the face-off X and Ryan McNamara tied his career high with four goals to lift the Marquette University men's lacrosse team over Bellarmine, 9-7, at a sunny Valley Fields on Saturday afternoon.
In addition to McNamara's four markers, Kyle Whitlow and Conor Gately each added a pair of goals, while Kyran Clarke contributed three points on a goal and two assists for the Golden Eagles (1-0).
“I was happy with two things (offensively),” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “I think Conor Gately controlled the game, I don’t know how productive he was but he had two goals and an assist. I felt like he was a presence every time the ball was down in the offensive end and every time the ball was in his stick. He played like a senior who is our quarterback. Ryan McNamara did what he is supposed to do and that’s produce. If he is going to get a short stick or they are going to try and double-pole us, then he has got to step up and he did his job.”
Melillo, playing in his first game since transferring from NJIT in January, was inserted as MU’s face-off guy after the first two face-offs and proceeded to help Marquette gain possession down the stretch. He picked up a game-high five ground balls at the X and provided a spark as the Golden Eagles made their comeback.
“(Melillo) was excellent and I’m really proud of him,” Amplo said. “That’s his first lacrosse win in almost two years so for him to come out and compete and be a big part of it, it’s just great. He’s a great human being and a great addition to our program. It makes such a difference.”
Tucker Ciessau notched a hat trick to lead Bellarmine (1-1), while freshman attackman Ian Miller posted a pair of goals.
“Bellarmine is a good team and I think they are going to win a lot of games this year,” Amplo said. “They are scrappy, they’re gritty. So to come out on top with a two-goal victory, we’ve got to be pleased with that. Their goalie, I thought played excellent and made some really timely saves. I think the stats at halftime were 26-9 in shots and I think their goalie kind of got in our head a little bit.”
Marquette fell behind 3-0 to start the game before scoring five straight goals to build up a two-goal edge. Bellarmine answered just four seconds before halftime to send things into the break with MU ahead 5-4.
McNamara scored MU’s first goal with just over two minutes to play in the opening quarter and tallied his final goal with only two seconds left in the third. Whitlow notched MU’s only goal of the final frame with 1:55 remaining before Bellarmine’s Jack Perkins scored the final goal with just over one minute left to provide the final score.
MU outshot the Knights 47-20 for the contest and held a 26-9 advantage over the first 30 minutes of action. The Golden Eagles also out-gained Bellarmine in ground balls 25-15, while winning 11-of-18 face-offs overall.
Marquette returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 27 at Richmond in a noon Central time contest.