Marist Edges Marquette Men's Lax 16-12
March 1, 2014
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team fell to Marist on the road 16-12 Saturday at Tenney Stadium.
Marquette out-shot the Red Foxes 47-33, including 15-6 in the fourth period. Forty-seven shots is an all-time single-game high for the Golden Eagles, but Marist goalie Dave Scarcello made 14 saves including six in the fourth period.
However, Marist (2-2) stormed back with three goals coming in the final 1:11 of the first quarter including a buzzer-beater by Joseph Radin. A caused turnover by the Red Foxes lead to a transition goal followed by a face-off win to end the quarter on a 4-0 run.
The Red Foxes tacked on two more quick goals to start the second quarter, until Fleming stopped the run with 12:52 left after a strong offensive possession by the Golden Eagles.
Marist won the face-off battle 8-14 in the first half while extending the lead to 9-4, even though MU out-shot the Red Foxes 19-18. Joseph Radin scored four of his six goals in the first half.
The Golden Eagles came out in a flurry in the second half going on a quick 2-0 run by goals from Bryan Badolato (his third of the game) and Melnyk. Marist responded with a quick goal after a face-off to extend its lead to 10-6.
Melnyk scored his third goal for his second hat trick of the year but MU trailed 12-8 going into the fourth. The Calgary, Alberta native, attempted 12 shots, which was a career high. He also finished with a season-high five points.
Badolato scored his fifth goal moments later, matching a career high, to cut the deficit to only two goals.
For the second week in a row, Marquette stayed true to its 11th best national turnover margin by only committing eight turnovers compared to Marist's 13.
Radin took over for Marist with 5:29 left, scoring his final two goals of the afternoon to increase the lead to 15-10.
Marquette won the groundball battle 25-24, led by Richard who grabbed four. However, Marist gained the edge in the face-off matchup, winning 18-of-31 at the X, six of which resulted in quick goals for the Red Foxes.
Coming into the game tied for the BIG EAST lead in man-up goal scoring percentage, MU was unable to capitalize on five extra-man opportunities throughout the game, including three in the fourth quarter.
Marquette heads back on the road for a three-game swing which begins next Saturday, March 8 at Jacksonville.