Marquette falls 11-10 at No. 7/10 Notre Dame

Zack Melillo has won 37-of-50 face-offs in the last two games for Marquette.
April 11, 2017

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NOTRE DAME, Indiana ­- Marquette outscored No. 7/10 Notre Dame 8-3 over the final 44 minutes of regulation, but it was not enough Tuesday afternoon in an 11-10 loss to the Fighting Irish at Arlotta Stadium.

Sergio Perkovic's sixth goal of the day with 25 seconds remaining proved to be the difference after the Golden Eagles fought their way back from an early 8-2 hole following Perkovic's fourth just one minute into the second quarter. Marquette (6-4) used 3-0 and 4-0 runs down the stretch to eventually knot the game, 10-10, with 7:56 remaining.

"Realizing that we can play with these guys, it was confidence," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said of what allowed MU to mount its comeback. "Defensively we settled in and I think offensively we were on it from the start. Defensively we needed to get a couple of stops and certainly Zack Melillo at the face-off X and our wing guys. I thought Noah Richard did a great job and Zack at the face-off X allowed us to work back into this."

Melillo, who won a career-best 19 face-offs on Saturday against St. John's, took 18-of-25 (72 percent) to spur the Golden Eagles. In the first four meetings with the Irish, MU had won just 42 percent at the dot and only won 5-of-18 a year ago.

Senior attackman Joe Dunn tied a career-high with four goals for Marquette, while sophomore John Wagner had a pair of goals in the first half. Marquette also out-shot the Irish 38-26 and picked up 35 ground balls to ND's 30.

The Irish, who scored eight goals in last season's overtime victory over MU, reached that mark through the first 16 minutes of play following Perkovic's fourth goal. That tally gave Notre Dame a six-goal edge at 8-2 before the Golden Eagles closed the first half with three consecutive goals, including Wagner's second of the day with just 22 seconds remaining in the half.

In addition to Perkovic's six markers, Mikey Wynne scored twice, while Notre Dame's leading scorer Ryder Garnsey was held pointless for the first time this season.

Garnsey was covered primarily by freshman defenseman Nick Grill, who blanketed the sophomore the way his older brother, B.J. also in No. 8, marked ND's Matt Kavanagh in the first three years of the series with the Irish. Garnsey wore No. 21 last season before switching to Kavanagh's 50 for this year.

"(Nick Grill) played great today. We told him `It is you against him,' just like we did with B.J. on Matt.," Amplo said. "He won that matchup and I'm proud of him."

The Golden Eagles resume BIG EAST Conference action at Providence on Saturday, April 15 at Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium, also the location of the 2017 conference tournament on May 4-6.

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