The loss is the first for the Golden Eagles against Richmond in three meetings all-time.
Feb. 25, 2017
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RICHMOND, Virginia – The No. 19/16 Marquette University men’s lacrosse team struggled to a 9-2 loss at No. 15/14 Richmond on Saturday at Robins Stadium in Richmond, Virginia.
Junior goalie Cole Blazer made a career-best 15 saves, but the Golden Eagles (1-1) were able to connect on only two of their 26 shots as Richmond’s Benny Pugh made 16 saves. Seniors Grant Preisler and Ryan McNamara scored the lone goals for Marquette on the day.
Ryan Lee posted his fourth hat trick of the season for the Spiders (4-0) and also added a pair of assists, while Teddy Hatfield posted two goals and an assist.
Richmond, which out-shot MU 37-26, scored the game’s first three goals before Preisler answered with a dodge down the right side at the 2:41 mark of the first quarter. The Spiders would tack on another pair of goals before McNamara posted his first of the season with just 27.6 seconds remaining in the opening half to pull MU within three, 5-2.
In the second half, the Golden Eagles had to withstand the loss of face-off man Zachary Melillo, who was injured late in the second quarter following McNamara’s late tally. Junior Owen Weselak filled in for Melillo took all five face-offs in the second half.
The top-20 matchup marked the third meeting between the two squads in a series that has experienced a pair of entertaining games. Marquette claimed the first meeting in overtime, 11-10, in 2015 behind Jordan Greenfield’s then-program record six goals, and downed the Spiders, 7-2, at Robins Stadium last season.
In 2016, MU held UR scoreless for the first 36:45 of the game and was paced offensively by a pair of goals from both McNamara and then-freshman John Wagner. Dan Ginestro scored both of Richmond’s goals in the second half, while Pugh made 11 saves on 23 Marquette shots.
The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee to host the Midwest Lacrosse Classic, featuring MU, Ohio State, Detroit and Bellarmine, at Valley Fields on Friday, March 3 and Sunday, March 5. Marquette takes on the Buckeyes at 7 p.m. on March 3 and Detroit on March 5 at 3 p.m.
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