Marquette outlasts Detroit, 10-8

Zachary Melillo won 18-of-19 faceoffs for MU.
March 6, 2016

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Marquette won 19-of-20 faceoffs and senior attackman Conor Gately posted a hat trick in a 10-8 victory over Detroit on Sunday afternoon in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic at Ohio Stadium.

“I’m really happy with the way we responded,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “It was a tough game and I thought our seniors really stepped up at the end to make really key plays to secure the victory.”

The Golden Eagles (3-1) trailed with 6:50 to play after four-straight goals from the Titans (0-5), but rallied with a pair of late goals from Gately and one from Kyle Whitlow on big individual efforts. Juniors Joseph Dunn and Andy DeMichiei also posted two goals in the victory for MU, which out-shot UDM, 43-26.

Sophomore transfer Zachary Melillo went 18-for-19 at the faceoff X for MU with his lone blemish coming at the end of the game after being called for a violation.

“Zack was tremendous and Gryphin Kelly was in there to start the game and won a key one to get us off to a good start,” Amplo said. “I thought early in the game with the guys who started they made us feel comfortable. Specifically for the faceoff game it was a group effort. Jake, Tyler Gilligan, Brendon Connolly, Griffin Connor and Zack, those guys did a great job when the ball was on the ground to secure possession.”

Mark Anstead tallied a hat trick for Detroit, while Jason Weber made 14 saves for the Titans. Weber had 19 saves against Marquette last season in Louisville.

Dunn started the day’s scoring late the first quarter and added his second with 35 seconds remaining in the opening half to tie things, 3-3, heading into the break.

The Titans were called for a push with one second left in the first half and the Golden Eagles opened the third quarter on an EMO, during which DeMichiei tallied his first goal of the season.

DeMichiei scored both his goals during a five-goal run for the Golden Eagles as Marquette built a 6-3 edge midway through the third quarter. MU led 7-4 following a Kyran Clarke goal before Detroit made its comeback.

The Golden Eagles made a significant change to their lineup prior to Sunday’s game with 10 of MU’s NCAA-high 19 seniors included in the starting unit. Michael Clemente, Brett Hornung, Salvatore Vitale and Matt Barone each made their first career starts against the Titans, while faceoff specialist Gryphin Kelly and long-stick midfielder Matthew Smith joined Jacob Richard for MU’s faceoff crew.

Barone made a pair of saves on three first quarter shots on net before being replaced by Jimmy Danaher at the start of the second quarter.

Marquette returns to Milwaukee to host Robert Morris at Valley Fields on Saturday, March 12 at 1 p.m. Central time in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.




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