Marquette Bests Robert Morris, 13-5
March 12, 2016
MILWAUKEE – Playing its first game in program history without the services of redshirt senior midfielder Kyle Whitlow, the Marquette University men’s lacrosse team topped Robert Morris, 13-5, on Saturday afternoon at Valley Fields.
“Today was a well fought win,” Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. “We won by eight goals, but we didn’t play a complete game and that’s what I am most disappointed about. We had an opportunity to play a full 60 minutes, but we kind of got lost there for a 12-minute span in the third quarter, myself included. That’s something that we have to address as a team if we want to be great and compete against the best teams in the country. We’ve got to play a complete 60 minutes.”
Senior attackman Conor Gately scored his second hat trick in as many games to lead the Golden Eagles (4-1) offense, while Ryan McNamara, Joseph Dunn and Tanner Thomson each scored twice. McNamara, MU’s leading goal scorer this season, started on attack, while Thomson got his first career starting assignment in the midfield. Blaine Fleming, Brett Hornung and Jacob Richard also each potted their first goals of the campaign.
“It’s going to take an army to replace Kyle, it truly is,” Amplo said. “It’s going to take an army of our guys to replace him and we know that. You saw a little of that today where Tanner Thomson stepped up and had a couple (of goals) and Andy DeMichiei played decent. Blaine Fleming played solidly and everybody did their part.”
The Colonials (2-5) received two goals apiece from James Rahe and Adrian Torok-Orban, while Eddie Smith also added a lone tally.
“Robert Morris plays the game crazy and fast and we got caught up in that,” Amplo said of the Colonials taking charge in the third quarter. “We lost our discipline and our poise for a stretch. The game seemed out of control because they’re a good team and they do some things that speed up the play of the game. We didn’t handle it the way we should have.”
Robert Morris scored the game’s first goal just under a minute into regulation as Rahe beat MU goalie Jimmy Danaher. McNamara answered twice for the Golden Eagles in the next three minutes to put MU on top for good.
Marquette would go on to score seven unanswered goals before Torok-Orban responded with his two tallies just before the half. The Colonials pulled the score to within four goals during the third quarter, but MU went on to score all four fourth-quarter goals in the win.
Zachary Melillo won 17-of-22 faceoffs for the Golden Eagles, who won the ground ball war, 40-15. Graduate defenseman Liam Byrnes tied a program record with nine ground balls and also caused a game-high four RMU turnovers.
Whitlow was absent from the starting lineup for the first time in his career after suffering a season-ending knee injury during practice on Tuesday afternoon. The unanimous All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection is Marquette’s all-time leading goal scorer with 70 career tallies in 49 games and was a first team all-league selection as a redshirt junior in 2015.
Marquette is now an even .500 in program history through its first 50 games with an overall record of 25-25.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, March 19 at Quinnipiac.
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