MLAX Storms back for 10-9 Win over OSU

Kyran Clarke was set up by Ryan McNamara with just 11 seconds left for the game winner (photo: Alicia Mojica).

March 1, 2015

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A Kyran Clarke goal with 11 seconds remaining capped a five goal fourth quarter for the No. 17/16 Marquette University men's lacrosse team as the Golden Eagles topped Ohio State 10-9 on Sunday afternoon in the Midwestern Lacrosse Classic at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

"I felt like there were times there where we were dead in the water," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "(Ohio State faceoff specialist Christopher May) was doing a number on us but it's a credit to our kids for hanging in there and making one play at a time. Tyler Gilligan was big at the faceoff X and picked up a number of ground balls. Offensively our kids just made simple plays and opened it up for each other to score some goals."

The Golden Eagles (5-0) trailed 9-5 entering the fourth quarter but outscored the Buckeyes 5-0 over the final 15 minutes with goals from Jordan Greenfield, Ryan McNamara, Kyle Whitlow and Clarke (two).

Midfielder Jesse King led the Buckeyes (4-2) with four points (one goal and three assists), while attackman Carter Brown posted a hat trick.

It was Brown's attempt at the fourth goal that was denied by Marquette goalie Jimmy Danaher with one second remaining to secure MU's fourth one-goal victory this season.

Despite a 19-of-23 performance by Ohio State's Christopher May in the faceoff X, Marquette long-stick midfielder Tyler Gilligan was able to win two of the final three draws to give MU possession late in the fourth quarter.

Gilligan beat OSU's Jake Withers with 1:44 remaining after Whitlow's game-tying goal, and Amplo called timeout to set up the Golden Eagles' offense as Gilligan passed the restraining line.

Greenfield led the Golden Eagles with five points on three goals and a pair of assists, while Whitlow tallied two goals and an assist.

The insertion of long stick midfielder Liam Byrnes into the starting lineup on defense for the first time this season was vital for the Golden Eagles as Byrnes limited King to a pair of even strength points early in the game.

The Buckeyes capitalized on a pair of Marquette penalties in the first quarter to Byrnes and Clarke and led 4-1 after 15 minutes of play. Ohio State dominated possession in the opening period and King posted points on four-straight goals as OSU took a 5-1 lead at the start of the second.

The Golden Eagles answered with three goals in a row midway through the second quarter with tallies from Gately and a pair from Greenfield.

May won the draw off Greenfield's second goal and scored just six seconds later at the 2:44 mark of the second quarter. Byrnes closed out the half with his second goal of the year to put the Golden Eagles down by just one goal, 6-5, at the break.

King tallied four goals and a pair of assists in an 11-7 OSU victory in the last meeting against MU on Feb. 22, 2014. Whitlow scored a hat trick in that contest and MU out-shot OSU 29-26, but trailed the Buckeyes 14-7 in faceoff wins and 32-21 in the ground ball battle.

Marquette is now 1-2 all-time against the Buckeyes.

The Golden Eagles will head south for their next two games with contests scheduled at Jacksonville and Mercer on Friday, March 6 and Sunday, March 8, respectively.




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