Men's Lacrosse Set To Play Hofstra, Penn This Weekend
Feb. 8, 2013
MILWAUKEE -- After splitting a pair of exhibition games last weekend to open the 2013 season, the Marquette University men's lacrosse team will travel to Hempstead, N.Y., to close out the preseason Hofstra and Penn on Sunday, Feb. 10.
This weekend's exhibition games, which will be played at Hofstra's James M. Shuart Stadium, were originally scheduled to be played Saturday morning. However, the weather forecast on the East Coast prompted the coaches and officials to postpone the contests until Sunday, while Marquette was forced to alter its travel plans.
The Golden Eagles are set to play host Hofstra at 9 a.m. Central time (10 a.m. ET) on Sunday. The Pride are ranked as high as No. 16 in NCAA Division I, according to Inside Lacrosse. MU will then take on the Penn Quakers at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET).
MU head coach Joe Amplo noted that exposure to elite competition in the preseason only serves to help develop his team in the long run.
"I think its going to help us because we are going to be able to gauge our athletic ability," said Amplo. "We are going to see a different type of athlete than we did last weekend. We are going to be able give our guys a good look at what we want to become."
Marquette head coach Joe Amplo returns to the campus of Hofstra where he spent 10 years as a coach. "Its going to be exciting," he said. "It's certainly a comfortable venue for me. It's going to bring back some great memories, but at the end of the day its just another opportunity for our team to compete against two great institutions, Hofstra and University of Pennsylvania."
Last weekend in its first two exhibition games of the 2013 season, Marquette fell to the Michigan Wolverines 14-6 in the opening contest before defeating Denison 5-3 at Oosterbaan Field House in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Sunday's exhibition matches at Hofstra marks the last preseason tune-up for the Golden Eagles, who open their inaugural season of men's lacrosse on Feb. 23 at Ohio State.