Men's Lacrosse Set To Open 2014 Regular Season
Feb. 6, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team's regular-season campaign kicks off Saturday, Feb. 8 as the Golden Eagles face No. 17/19 Lehigh.
MU travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on the Mountain Hawks in what will be the first of seven-straight road games to open the season for the Golden Eagles. The game will be played on Lehigh's campus at the Ulrich Sports complex. Faceoff is scheduled for 11 a.m. Central time (noon ET).
A live video stream will be available on Lehighsports.com for fans not traveling to the game.
Fresh off two scrimmages at Michigan last weekend, the Golden Eagles' attack will be ready to face Patriot League 2013 Goalie of Year Matt Pollion. Marquette's Tyler Melnyk, who scored six goals against Michigan, is looking to build on the offensive momentum gained last weekend along with fellow atttackman Conor Gately, who assisted on four of Melnyk's goals.
Lehigh returns two of its top goal scorers from last year's NCAA tournament-qualifying squad, Dan Taylor and Patrick Corbett. MU head coach Joe Amplo believes his defense is up to the challenge of halting Lehigh's attack. Amplo emphasized that the defense must do a solid job of cutting off Lehigh's dodgers to prevent easy goal-scoring opportunities.
"[Lehigh's] midfield has started to establish themselves; we know who their dodgers are and we think we have their patterns down," said Amplo. "It's going to be a matter of if we can execute our defense against their offense. Our guys always respond to the challenge.
"We've learned from the mistakes we made at Michigan and now what it comes down to is execution in a game setting. Can we execute the things we've been working on the past four days when the lights come on? The answer to that will be a true sign of our growth."
Key Storylines ...
• Lehigh (1-0) is coming off a 12-5 season a year ago that included a Patriot League Championship and a NCAA tournament appearance where the Mountain Hawks fell to North Carolina 16-7 in the first round. Lehigh returns xx players from last year’s squad including: Dan Taylor (29g), Patrick Corbett (23g), and starting goalie Matt Poillon (152 saves).
• Marquette has played two preseason road scrimmages (at High Point and at Michigan) to prep for the regular season, while Lehigh opened the 2014 regular season with a 13-6 win at Furman last Saturday, Feb. 1.
• MU, which is familiar with opening the season away from home, will play its first seven games on the road to open its 2014 schedule (11 of the Golden Eagles’ 13 games in 2013 were away from Milwaukee, including the first eight game to start the season). Altogether, MU will be the visiting team in 18 of the first 20 games in program history. MU concludes the 2014 season with five of eight games at home to reverse the trend.
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