Lacrosse has successful scrimmages at Cleveland State

Jan. 30, 2018

The No. 15/17 Marquette University men's lacrosse team began its spring season on Saturday morning with a pair of successful scrimmages at the Krenzler Dome in Cleveland against Cleveland State and Division III Wittenberg.

The Golden Eagles claimed a 17-11 win over the Vikings, after leading 9-2 at the half, and closed the afternoon with a 21-6 win over Wittenberg.

"Our entire roster played against Cleveland State, which I thought was terrific," MU head coach Joe Amplo said. "We played three goalies, we played every single attackman, all the midfielders and all the defenseman. Most everybody played (against Wittenberg) but we rested some of the older guys. That was just an opportunity to run around against a good Division III opponent.

"It was good to get on the road and get that behind us. Cleveland State jumped us in the third quarter - we were successful in the first half and they gave us a good run in the third. It was good to feel that and see how our guys responded. Playing Wittenberg was good because it gave us more on film against another opponent."

Marquette's scoring was evenly spread out as Amplo and associate head coach Stephen Brundage assess an offensive depth chart that is without six of its seven leading scorers from a season ago.

"This past weekend we had a bunch of guys score goals, which is nice, and I think we are going to see more balance in our offensive production this season," Amplo said. "There is a lot to work on, but there is enough there that we can be competitive. It depends on how we develop and how confidently our guys play."

Coming off their first action this spring, the Golden Eagles will face a pair of nationally ranked foes in the final two weekends of exhibition action. Marquette heads to No. 11 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 3 and No. 18 Penn on Feb. 10 as it attempts to finalize its lineup for the Feb. 17 season opener at Valley Fields against Jacksonville.

"Hopkins is one of the premier places to play and Homewood Field is one of the most historic fields in the country," Amplo said. "It's an intimidating place and it's a great experience for our guys. To see how they respond to play one of the blue bloods in our sport early in the season will be a great measuring stick for us. It is not about winning and losing at this point in the season. It is about seeing what we have and make some corrections.



"It is the same thing with Penn. I think Penn is one of those teams that is going to surprise a lot of people this year. I think their ranking is deflated and they should be ranked a lot higher because they have a lot going in. I fully expect Hopkins and Penn to be playing in the NCAA tournament, so this will be a great measuring stick for us as we look to prepare for our first game against Jacksonville."

The Golden Eagles will practice on Friday at the US Lacrosse headquarters in Sparks, Maryland before their game Saturday at Hopkins.

Keep up with the Marquette men's lacrosse program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteMLax) and Instagram (@MarquetteMLax) and "liking' on Facebook (/MarquetteMLax). Fans interested in tickets can contact the Marquette Ticket Office online or at 414-288-GOMU (4668).

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