Marquette Falls at Home to Bellarmine 10-7
April 1, 2014
Wauwatosa, Wis. -- The Marquette men's lacrosse team (3-7) fell to Bellarmine 10-7 at Hart Park on Tuesday in its second home contest of the season.
Trailing 8-4 to begin the fourth quarter, redshirt senior Jerry Nobile caused a Bellarmine turnover and got the ball ahead to freshman middie Ryan McNamara, who scored his second goal of the game with 13:20 remaining to make it a two-goal deficit.
Following a Bellarmine (5-4) goal, Tyler Melnyk tallied his 10th career hat trick to cut the margin to three.
Then pandemonium ensued when five penalties were called between 8:30 and 6:29 in the fourth quarter. After Bellarmine's second penalty in a matter of a minute, sophomore Henry Nelson scored his second goal of the year to trim the Knights' lead to 9-7.
With momentum swinging MU's way after the visitors committed two more simultaneous penalties, the Golden Eagles committed a one-minute, non-releasable penalty that stymied the two-goal run.
Goals were tough to come by for both squads this afternoon due to superb goalie play by each team. Marquette freshman Jimmy Danaher finished the day with a career-high 14 saves, including five in the first and four in the fourth quarters, respectively. The Blauvelt, N.Y. native made a number of stops that fired up the MU bench, including multiple kick saves.
"Jimmy is playing at a high level right now," said MU head coach Joe Amplo after the game. "He had a great performance tonight following up a great performance at Rutgers. He's just a poised and confident kid; he's getting better every time out."
On the other side of the field, Bellarmine goalie Will Haas locked down the cage, finishing with 13 stops on the afternoon. Haas made his best save with under a minute remaining to allow the Knights to seal the victory.
Tuesday's contest opened in a similar way that it ended with the Golden Eagles committing four first quarter penalties, including three faceoff violations.
Bellarmine did most of its damage in the first and third quarters, scoring three goals in each. Attackmen Chad Mitchell and Tucker Ciessau led the Knights' effort by tallying five and four points, respectively. The victory ended Bellarmine's four-game losing streak.
When faced with a deficit the Golden Eagles rallied, especially late, by outscoring the Knights in the fourth quarter 3-2.
Redshirt sophomore Liam Byrnes was key in the late rally by causing two turnovers that gave MU opportunities to score.
Marquette returns to BIG EAST play this Sunday as it travels back to New York to take on St. John's this Sunday, April 6. Faceoff is scheduled for noon Central time (1 p.m. ET).