Marquette Men's Lacrosse Plays Two Scrimmages
Feb. 1, 2014
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Marquette University men’s lacrosse team traveled to Michigan this weekend to play two indoor scrimmages Saturday against the Wolverines and Denison at Michigan’s Oosterbaan Field House amidst snowy conditions outside.
Michigan started the first game of the double-header by getting out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first quarter. Marquette senior Tyler Melnyk stopped the run with a goal with under a minute left in the opening period.
The Golden Eagles’ defense found their footing in the second quarter holding the Wolverines' attack scoreless for a stretch of 16:50 following a Michigan goal about half way through the period.
These defensive stops led to increased attack opportunities for Melnyk, who took advantage of this by scoring five goals in the second quarter, four of which were assisted by Conor Gately, who also notched a goal during MU’s run.
Bryan Badolato’s goal midway through the third quarter gave MU a brief 10-9 lead. However, Michigan responded with 10 unanswered goals to close the game 18-9.
"To hold [Michigan] scoreless for 16 minutes and to go on an eight-goal run, coming back from a 7-1 deficit to take the lead, there are a lot of positives to take away from that," said MU head coach Joe Amplo. "The negatives certainly outweighed the positives today. At the end of it, it's a good growing and learning experience."
In the second round Marquette played a one-half scrimmage with Denison.
After 30 minutes the game ended in a 4-4 tie and the teams played an extra four-minute session where sophomore attackman Sam Lindsey scored his second goal of the scrimmage.
In the second quarter Marquette was lead by three freshmen, who each notched a goal.
"I never question our team's effort," said Amplo. "I do think we're a long way from being able to focus and really be disciplined on the things that are important to us. Focusing on the ingredients that are necessary for victory. Thats what today was, it was a learning experience"