No. 18/17 Marquette Rallies Past Richmond in OT, 11-10
Feb. 22, 2015
RICHMOND, Va. – Graduate attackman Jordan Greenfield’s sixth goal just 1:05 into overtime allowed the No. 18/17 Marquette University men’s lacrosse team to erase a four-goal fourth quarter deficit and down Richmond, 11-10, on Sunday afternoon at E. Claiborne Robins Stadium.
“Our kids remained poised and they started chipping away and made one play at a time,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “Our defense stepped up and made stops when they had to, and our offense started to can some shots. It’s a credit to Richmond though. They are a really tough team and really good in so many different areas.”
Greenfield led the Golden Eagles (3-0) with a program-record six goals in the contest, four of which came after the start of the fourth quarter. Marquette held a 37-28 edge in shots for the game, including a 14-4 advantage in the fourth quarter and overtime.
“It’s a testament to our kids that the team is the most important thing, but it was Jordan’s turn today,” Amplo said. “Conor Gately had some good looks and scored some big goals, so (Greenfield and Gately) were the heros today. We are okay with those guys being the heros and hopefully someone else will step up a little bit later on.”
Junior attackman Conor Gately added a hat trick and assist for MU, while Kyle Whitlow and Andy DeMichiei also scored in Marquette’s third one-goal victory to begin the season. MU is 8-1 all-time in program history in such contests.
Richmond (2-1), a team receiving votes in both polls as of Feb. 16, received five goals from Mitch Goldberg, while goalie Benny Pugh kept the Spiders in the game with 16 saves.
“(Associate head) coach (Stephen) Brundage kept telling our guys to keep shooting for net,” Amplo said. “We felt like we were getting some good looks and Pugh made some really good saves. We felt like we couldn’t tell our kids specifically where to shoot because we didn’t want to spook them out. We were confident that we were going to be able to can some shots at the end.”
Marquette was held off the scoresheet in the third quarter and entered the fourth trailing 8-4. Greenfield scored at the 11:27 mark of the fourth with a man advantage and added another just under three minutes later. DeMichiei and Gately then added goals to tie things 8-8 with 6:33 to play.
Richmond regained the edge at 9-8 on a goal from Jean-Luc Chetner and Marquette trailed by one entering the final minute of the fourth quarter.
Greenfield’s fifth goal with 58 seconds remaining knotted the contest, 9-9, and Gately put MU up 10-9 with 16 seconds left. Gately rolled to his right around the cage and fired the ball back to the far post past his defender and Pugh to put MU ahead.
But just nine seconds later, after MU was called for a faceoff violation, Goldberg scored his fifth goal to send the game to overtime.
K.C. Kennedy was able to win the overtime draw cleanly to establish possession for the Golden Eagles and Greenfield tallied his sixth and final goal for the win.
Whitlow, coming off a career-best four goal performance in the win at Hofstra, scored just 1:06 into the game to give the Golden Eagles a 1-0 edge on a feed from Blaine Fleming.
The Spiders answered to take 2-1 lead before MU stormed back to close the first quarter with the final two goals, including Greenfield’s first with time expiring.
Richmond led 5-4 at halftime after taking 6-of-10 faceoffs in the first 30 minutes of action, though the Golden Eagles held a 13-9 edge in shots on goal.
Marquette heads to Louisville, Kentucky for its next two games on Friday, Feb. 27 and Sunday, March 1 against Detroit and Ohio State, respectively. The contests will be hosted by Bellarmine University at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.
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