Marquette suffers 9-7 setback at Providence
April 15, 2017
PROVIDENCE - Senior Ryan McNamara set the Marquette career points record, but the men's lacrosse team dropped a 9-7 contest at Providence on Saturday afternoon at Anderson Stadium.
"It was a very physical and tough game," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "I told our team that the best comment we have gotten from an opposing coach was Coach (Chris) Gabrielli telling me that he wanted his program to become us. And I told our team after the game that I wanted our team to become them, because they outplayed us, they out-toughed us and they made the more mentally tough plays when they needed to. Credit to them because they were the better team on the field today."
The Golden Eagles (6-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) suffered their first setback in program history to the Friars, who entered the game sporting the nation's No. 2 scoring defense.
Keenan Assaraf and Austin Goltz each notched a pair of goals for the Friars (9-3, 3-0 BIG EAST), who are now 1-3 all-time against Marquette. Goalie Tate Boyce made eight saves in net for PC, including a few to deny MU scoring opportunities from point-blank range.
McNamara's first goal at the 4:53 mark of the opening quarter moved him past Connor Gately and into sole possession of the program record with the 141st point of his career. The senior attackman went on to post an assist in the third quarter and another goal early in the fourth on his way to a three-point afternoon.
The Golden Eagles tallied the game's opening goal on a Kyran Clarke marker before McNamara broke the first tie with his first goal. That lead at 2-1 was MU's last of the game as two of the nation's stingiest defenses squared off at Chapey Field.
PC led 5-3 at the half and opened up its largest lead with under a second remaining in the third as Brendan Kearns took advantage of an empty crease to score from a tight angle.
Native New Englander Robbie Pisano scored with 5:46 left in the fourth to pull MU back within a pair, 9-7, but MU could not capitalize on a bulk of the possession in the final frame.
Sophomore John Wagner also notched a goal in his eighth-straight game with his 13th goal of the year.
The Golden Eagles return to host No. 9/8 Duke on Saturday, April 22 at Valley Fields for the HEAD Coaches Classic, in support of the HEADstrong Foundation. The game will be broadcast live at noon Central time on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden (play-by-play) and Evan Washburn on the call.
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