Golden Eagles Suffer 13-7 Loss at Jacksonville to Open Road Trip
March 9, 2013
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Marquette (1-2) opened its three-game road trip Saturday with a 13-7 loss at Jacksonville (2-2). MU surrendered the first five goals of the contest and was unable to overcome the early deficit as the Dolphins won their sixth straight game at D.B. Milne Field.
Marquette's offense, which didn't register its first shot until nearly 10 minutes in, initially struggled to keep pace with Jacksonville. The Dolphins led 4-0 after the first quarter and made it 5-0 seven minutes into the second.
Bryan Badolato got the Golden Eagles on the scoreboard 20 seconds later as MU finally found some rhythm midway through the quarter. Marquette went on to out-score Jacksonville 4-3 in the second period, including another goal from Badolato and a tally by Conor Gately with about a minute remaining in the half to pull the Golden Eagles to within 7-4 at the break.
But that would be as close as Marquette would get to JU, which used back-to-back goals to extend its lead 9-4 to open the second half.
MU added a pair of man-up goals in the fourth quarter and Tyler Melnyk made it 13-7 by scoring in the final second of the contest.
Jacksonville held the advantage in nearly all of the key statistical categories, including groundballs (31-26), shots (42-31) and faceoffs (13-of-23). MU also committed a season-high 19 turnovers, but had just two miscues in the fourth period.
Gately finished with a team-best five points on four assists and a goal. Goalie JJ Sagle made 15 saves.
Marquette continues its three-game road trip with a match up Tuesday, March 12, at Mercer.