Marquette Picks up 11-5 win at Quinnipiac
March 19, 2016
HAMDEN, Connecticut - Ryan McNamara had his third four-goal day of the season as the Marquette University men's lacrosse team captured an 11-5 victory at Quinnipiac on Saturday afternoon.
Conor Gately joined McNamara with four points on two goals and a pair of assists, while Blaine Fleming also scored twice for the Golden Eagles (5-1). Andy DeMichiei and John Wagner had a pair of assists apiece and junior midfielder Robbie Pisano scored his first goal of the year.
"(Gately and McNamara) are producing," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "I said to the team after the game that we put a lot of guys out there and it's time for them to step up. We need more production from specific individuals, from the senior class all the way down to the freshman class. The guys we put in the game, they are expected to produce and now is the time for them to do that."
Five different players scored for the Bobcats (3-2), who were outshot 35-26 by MU.
A pair of Quinnipiac goals bookended six from the Golden Eagles in the first half as MU took a 6-2 lead into the break. Six different players scored the Marquette in the opening 30 minutes as the Golden Eagles held a 16-6 edge in shots. MU had the ball looking to build its lead late in the second quarter, but the Bobcats' Drew D'Antonio scored with half a second remaining after Fleming had a shot saved on the other end.
"I thought we played really hard to start the game and had a great first half, but there were lapses at the end of two specific quarters when we gave up goals and that can't happen," Amplo said. "We didn't play a complete 60-minute game. I am disappointed that we were outscored in the fourth quarter and only scored one goal. Credit to Quinnipiac for continuing to fight and getting the most out of that game. There is a lot more lacrosse out there for us that we are leaving on the table and we've got to figure that out for the next game."
Marquette controlled play again in the third quarter, scoring the first four goals of the frame before QU struck with seven seconds left to pull things to 10-3 entering the fourth. McNamara scored twice in third and DeMichiei assisted on MU's final two tallies.
McNamara pushed Marquette's lead to 11-3 at the start of the fourth quarter before the Bobcats scored two goals in the span of 38 seconds. Neither team scored over the final 11:16 of play as the 11-5 tally held up until the end.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, March 26 at noon Central time against Georgetown in a game televised live on FS1 from Valley Fields in Milwaukee.
"The BIG EAST is going to be a bear," Amplo said. "Georgetown is going to come in angry and hungry with a great opportunity in front of them. We've got to understand that playing 60 minutes is going to be the key. It's going to take a massive 60-minute effort to compete against Georgetown next week."
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