Top-Ranked Irish Beat No. 16/15 Marquette, 14-7
April 7, 2015
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Top-ranked Notre Dame took down No. 16/15 Marquette, 14-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium to hand the Golden Eagles their third loss of the season.
Junior midfielder Blaine Fleming scored the first hat trick of his career for Marquette (9-3), which will resume BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday at Providence. Kyle Whitlow, Andy DeMichiei, Jordan Greenfield and Liam Byrnes also scored for Marquette.
"When you look at it from a physical standpoint, we are right there with these guys," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "They are a better team and they executed better than we did today. There were spots in the game where it was pretty even, but then there were spots where it wasn't. The face-off X was certainly an area where we didn't do too well in the first half, but I was proud of K.C. Kennedy for coming out at halftime and scrapping to make it a fight at the X. Credit to Notre Dame for being who they are and making more plays than we did."
The Fighting Irish (8-1) were led by four goals from senior Conor Doyle and hat tricks from Sergio Perkovic and Nick Ossello. Graduate student Jim Marlatt added a pair of goals for ND, which cashed in on 4-of-6 extra-man opportunities and won 16-of-24 face-offs.
The Golden Eagles struck quickly to start the game as Byrnes picked up the ground ball off the opening face-off and beat ND goalie Shane Doss with a rocket high. The goal was the fourth of 2015 for the long stick midfielder, who now has six career goals and has scored in consecutive games for the first time.
Byrnes added five ground balls and three caused turnovers, while Richard posted a team-best six ground balls
"Liam Byrnes and Jacob Richard played their tails off today and picked up some big ground balls," Amplo said. "I think we grew up a bit today. We got beat by a better team and we have a lot left on the table. It will be an exciting couple of weeks coming up here."
Marquette would win the next faceoff and Fleming gave MU a 2-0 lead at the 8:49 mark of the first with a shot from roughly 15 yards out.
Notre Dame used a 7-0 run spanning the first and second quarters to build a 7-2 lead after its second man-up goal of the day with 11:58 remaining in the opening half.
DeMichiei scored unassisted midway through the second for MU after scooping up a ground ball in front of the ND cage and sweeping it into the net past Doss. Whitlow would add another just over a minute later to pull the Golden Eagles within three, 7-4, at the 6:28 mark of the second.
ND posted another two goals before Greenfield closed out the scoring in the first 30 minutes, allowing the Irish to take a 9-5 lead into the intermission. Following MU's two face-off wins to begin the game, the Irish won 12 of the final 13 draws heading into the half, though the Golden Eagles held a first half edge in shots (24-20) and ground balls (21-18).
Fleming added two of his goals to close out the third quarter and MU trailed 11-7 to start the fourth.
Marquette is now 0-3 all-time against Notre Dame in program history and Tuesday's meeting with the Fighting Irish is its first ever with the nation's top-ranked team.
The Golden Eagles resume BIG EAST Conference action at Providence on Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m. Central time.
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