Marquette Falls to Jacksonville 9-8

Faceoff specialist Cullen Cassidy won the battle at the X but MU suffers one-goal loss at Jacksonville

March 8, 2014

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team rallied late but fell 9-8 Saturday to the Jacksonville Dolphins at D.B. Milne Field.

Marquette (1-4) freshman Ryan McNamara scored his fourth goal of the year with 3:41 left in regulation. He followed it up with his second goal of the game two minutes later to cut the Jacksonville lead to one.

Cullen Cassidy, a redshirt senior, won the following faceoff and MU quickly called a timeout. However, the Golden Eagles failed to capitalize after Dolphin goalie Pete DeLuca saved a Bryan Badolato shot with under 30 seconds remaining.

Kyle Whitlow opened the scoring four minutes into the game on an assist from Andy DeMechiei, but Jacksonville (1-4) responded with four straight tallies to take a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter, including two from Dolphins attackman Quint Miller.

Blauvelt, N.Y. native Jimmy Danaher made his collegiate debut, earning the start at goalie for MU. He had three key saves in the first half while facing 19 shots from Jacksonville before the break. Danaher finished with seven saves on the afternoon.

Redshirt senior Tyler Melnyk scored two of his three goals in the second quarter, one coming on a man-up to give him three hat tricks on the season.

However, Marquette turned the ball over 16 times compared to Jacksonville's 14. Many of the miscues were unforced and came on clear attempts. This marks the first time this season the Golden Eagles lost the turnover battle and first time since they played Duke on May 5, 2013.

"Tomorrow in practice we're going to work on passing and catching," said MU head coach Joe Amplo. "In a game where we win the face off x and our goalie almost has a .500 save percentage we made too many small mistakes too win."

To open up the second half, Marquette's defense challenged Jacksonville's attack and gave them less space to operate in the offensive zone. Redshirt sophomore B.J. Grill caused three turnovers and scooped up four groundballs, one of which came after Tyler Gilligan interrupted a Jacksonville transition possession.

Gilligan, a redshirt sophomore pole, harassed the Dolphin attack and picked up four key groundballs which led to Marquette offensive possessions.

In the second half, the Dolphins were led by Rob Moore who notched a hat trick in the second half. Two of his goals answered Marquette goals. DeLuca made eight saves on the day.

For the first time this season, MU won the faceoff battle 14-6, a new career high for Cassidy, who took every face off for the Golden Eagles and also had four groundballs.

The Golden Eagles continue its spring break trip when they travel to No. 4/3 Duke on Tuesday. Face off is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET) and will be televised on ESPN 3 (




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