Marquette Men's Lax Defeated By No. 6/4 Duke 20-9
March 11, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team faced flurry of goal scoring and fell to the host Duke Blue Devils 20-9 Tuesday night at Koskinen Stadium, a game that was featured on ESPN3. v No. 6/4 Duke (5-2) got out to a blistering start, winning the opening faceoff and scoring its first goal just 41 seconds into the game. The Blue Devils continued to dominate the faceoff X in the first quarter to jump out to an 11-1 lead.
"We went down 10-1 to a great team and could've folded and our guys committed to playing our way and getting better," said MU head coach Joe Amplo. "We didn't worry about the scoreboard, we just played hard. That's a very good team, their attack is as good as it gets. We got better tonight and I'm so proud of our guys and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's work."
Marquette (1-5) found its footing in the second quarter when freshman Andy DeMichiei assisted Tyler Melnyk on his second goal. Following a Marquette defensive stop, the Golden Eagles proceeded to have a strong possession that ended in Melnyk finding a cutting Kyle Whitlow, who flipped the ball behind his head and past the Duke goalie for his ninth goal of the season.
Jordan Wolf paced the Blue Devils with five points in the first half. MU outscored Duke in the second quarter 4-3, however, on Melnyk's fourth hat trick of the season and Sam Lindsey's first collegiate goal. Lindsey, a sophomore hailing from Durham, N.C. made his first career start Tuesday night.
Wolf would finish with eight points to pace the Blue Devils.
Redshirt senior faceoff specialist Cullen Cassidy won multiple faceoffs in the third quarter. His fifth of the game resulted in a spectacular goal moments later when he put a shot by Duke goalie Kyle Turri, but went down with an injury on the play.
"He's as tough as they come and we're praying his injury isn't as severe as it looks," said Amplo. "[Cassidy] came here for a reason: to help develop our culture, and he has. He continues to leave his stamp on the program by how hard he plays."
MU used all four faceoff men on its roster Tuesday night, all of whom won at least two battles in the faceoff X. Also, all three goalies for the Golden Eagles saw playing time. They combined to make seven saves on the night.
The Golden Eagles conclude their spring break road trip with a matchup with Detroit on Saturday, March 15 at 11 a.m. central time (noon ET).