Men's Lacrosse Wins First-Ever Home Contest 14-9
April 20, 2013
WAUWATOSA, Wis. - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team defeated the University of Detroit Mercy, 14-9, in its first-ever home game Saturday night at Hart Park in front of 1,156 fans.
Detroit opened up the scoring Saturday night when sophomore midfielder Mike Birney found the back of the net off of an assist from sophomore Scott Drummond at the 13:09 mark in the first period. The Golden Eagles responded quickly when redshirt-junior Tyler Mlynek scored the first ever home goal in program history on an assist from freshman Conor Gately at the 9:13 mark in the first period.
After Detroit reclaimed the lead at 2-1, MU's Kyle Whitlow saw his shot bounce off a defender and dribble past the goalie for his 14th goal of the season. After a back and forth first period, Detroit held a 3-2 advantage.
Whitlow opened the scoring in the second period with a goal off an assist from Ben Dvorak, tying the score at 3-3 and then scored his third goal of the game at 6:21 to give Marquette its first lead at 4-3. The Golden Eagles held the Titans scoreless in the second period and took a 4-3 lead going in to the half.
Marquette capitalized on Detroit's penalties, scoring its first two goals of the game on man-up opportunities and did not commit any penalties in the first half.
Marquette struck early in the second half, after a stall warning on Detroit, freshman midfielder Connor Bernal scored his 12th goal of the season. After a quick goal from Detroit's Tom Masterson, MU responded again when Melnyk netted his second goal of the game off an assist from redshirt-freshman defensemen Liam Byrnes at the 11:37 mark in the third period.
The Golden Eagles scored their seventh goal of the game when redshirt-junior attack Bryan Badolato rebounded a save from Detroit's goalie and rocketed the ball into the back of the net for his 13th goal of the season at the 9:37 mark in the third period. Badolato saw the field for the first time in a little over a month, his last action coming against Saint Joseph's on March 16th.
Bernal notched his second goal of the game at 7:25 in the third, off an assist from Melnyk. Freshman Brendan Smith added to the tally with a goal from Melnyk at 6:32, also in the third. Detroit scored at the 5:38 mark, snapping a 4-0 run by Marquette.
The Golden Eagles continued to extend their lead with a goal from Melnyk at the 3:24 mark of the third period.
Marquette took control in the third period, outscoring Detroit 6-2 in the frame.
In the fourth period, Detroit's Alex Maini opened the scoring off an assist from Drummond. The Titans capitalized on a penalty on Marquette's B.J. Grill, and scored its seventh goal of the game on a man-up opportunity.
MU responded when redshirt-junior faceoff-specialist Cullen Cassidy scored his first goal of the season at the 10:06 mark of the fourth period. Cassidy is the first faceoff specialist to score for Marquette this season. The Golden Eagles continued to press and struck again at the 8:29 mark of the fourth when Badolato netted his second goal of the evening.
Freshman Blaine Fleming put MU in front, 13-7 at the 6:13 mark of the fourth quarter. Melnyk scored his fourth goal of the contest and his 20th of the season in a man-up opportunity for Marquette at the 5:26 mark.
In the final minutes the Titans found the back of the net twice and closed the gap to 14-9, but MU's lead held and the squad took a victory from its first-ever home contest.
In goal, Sagl earned his fourth victory this season and allowed seven goal and with eight saves in front of the net Saturday.
Honorary team member Jakub West was recognized by the Marquette men's lacrosse team during an on-field ceremony prior to Saturday night's action. Over the past 18 months, Jakub has endeared himself to the Marquette team after connecting with head coach Joe Amplo through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation.
MU has a quick turnaround between games, as the Golden Eagles travel to Bellarmine on Tuesday, April 23 (2 p.m. Central time), to face the Knights, who are receiving votes in this week's Nike/Inside Lacrosse poll.