Marquette Defeated 12-7 by No. 10/9 Notre Dame
April 8, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team (4-8) fell 12-7 Tuesday afternoon to No. 10/9 Notre Dame at Uihlein Park in a non-conference matchup.
After a slow start to Tuesday's game, where the score was knotted at 1-1 after the first quarter, the second and third quarters were defined by scoring runs by both squads. Notre Dame (5-4) went on its biggest run at the end of the third and into the fourth quarter, outscoring MU 5-1.
"Our kids fought," said MU head coach Joe Amploafter the game. "But they (Notre Dame) made more plays than us in the fourth quarter. Sixteen minutes to go and it's a one-goal game and they didn't separate until we pulled the goalie. Our kids have to learn in these types of games that we have to be really clean in the fourth quarter. It was a great effort, but I'm disappointed because I felt like we had an opportunity to win today."
Redshirt sophomore and reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week Kyle Whitlow kicked off the scoring, but Notre Dame proceeded to go on a 4-0 run until Blaine Flemingscored with 20 seconds left in the first half.
Despite this, freshman goalie Jimmy Danahermade five first half saves and finished with nine total on the afternoon.
Notre Dame scored two of its four first half goals on man-up opportunities and dominated the first half groundball battle 11-5. Although MU outshot the Fighting Irish in the first half 17-15, only three of those shots were on goal.
The Golden Eagles came out firing in the second half however, when Whitlow added his second goal of the game on an assist from freshman Ryan McNamara. Under a minute later, McNamara scored his first goal of the game to tie the score at 4-4.
Scoring went back and forth at the end of the third quarter when freshman Kyran Clarkescored a goal less than a minute after Notre Dame's Trever Brosco scored his first of three third quarter goals.
Marquette's scoring run was started in the faceoff X when sophomore K.C. Kennedybattled Notre Dame's Liam O'Connor to go 5-9 on faceoffs in the third quarter. Overall, O'Connor won 11 faceoffs and had seven groundballs for the game.
McNamara would then add his third point and second goal of the game with 4:30 left in the third quarter to cut the Fighting Irish lead to 7-6.
After winning BIG EAST Defensive Player of Week for holding St. John's' Kieran McArdle without a goal, redshirt sophomore B.J. Grillalso shut down Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh, who accounts for almost 25 percent of Notre Dame's offense, limiting him to three assists and no goals.
"Early on it was execution," said Grill after the game. "Defensively we were communicating well, we didn't have any lapses and we understood their personnel and we played our strengths to their weaknesses. I think we won the individual matchups in the beginning. As the game went on we had small lapses where we did uncharacteristic things."
Redshirt senior Tyler Melnykmissed his first game in his MU career to due injury and is day-to-day.
The Golden Eagles continue a three-game home stand when they resume BIG EAST play and take on Providence at Hart Park this Saturday, April 12. Faceoff is scheduled for noon Central time.