No. 17/16 Marquette Holds on to Down Detroit 12-6
Feb. 27, 2015
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The No. 17/16 Marquette University men's lacrosse team withstood a second half rally from Detroit for a 12-6 victory on Friday afternoon in the Midwest Classic Lacrosse Weekend at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.
Junior attackman Conor Gately, recently named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, placed all players with a hat trick, while Jordan Greenfield and Ryan McNamara added a pair of goals on the afternoon. Pat Townsend and Joe Dunn also found the net for the first time this season.
"We came out with the goal to share the ball and move the ball quick and we did that in the first half," Gately said. "Everyone got their touches and we finished to score."
The Golden Eagles (4-0) peppered Detroit goalie Jason Weber with 45 shots, including 31 on net. Weber's 19 saves are the most ever for an opponent against Marquette.
Senior attackman Shayne Adams posted two goals to lead the Titans (2-2), who managed 20 shots, half of which came in the third quarter.
"We knew Detroit wasn't going to cave in, they're a tough team," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "We were in the same position last week, down four with the same amount of time left. I was thinking hopefully it ends better for us than it did for Richmond last week. There was a key caused turnover and that was a huge point in the game. If they get it to 10-7, then we get a little bit tighter and those guys are playing a little bit looser than they were the previous 10 minutes."
The Golden Eagles dominated play in the first half from the opening whistle and held Detroit scoreless for the first 29:26 of regulation. Gately put Marquette on the board first with 9:02 to play in the opening quarter and MU added six more goals, all from different players, before the Titans landed their first tally.
Detroit's scoreless quarter was the first time this season that MU had held an opponent without a goal in a regulation period.
Greenfield scored his second of the afternoon with just two seconds remaining in the first half after Liam Byrnes picked up a ground ball off a Danaher save. Byrnes then hit Tyler Gilligan up field, who fed Greenfield for the goal to give MU an 8-1 lead after 30 minutes.
MU out-shot Detroit 16-1 in the second quarter and held a 23-7 edge in the first half.
The Titans picked up the pace out of the intermission and posted the first three goals of the third quarter to cut their deficit to four with 10:37 left in the frame.
Gately halted a 3-0 Detroit run with his second goal at the 5:44 mark of the third quarter and Joe Dunn tallied his first goal of the year just over a minute later to put MU back up six.
The Titans got those two goals back and trailed by four again, before Gately and McNamara provided two scores for the final 12-6 tally.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Sunday, March 1 at noon Central time against Ohio State at Frazier Stadium.
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