MLAX to Face Cornell on Friday Night in Philly
Feb. 11, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The final scrimmage of the spring for the Marquette University men's lacrosse team against No. 17/15 Cornell will now be played on Friday at 6 p.m. Central time in Philadelphia. The contest had originally been scheduled for 11 a.m. CT on Saturday at Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania, but has been moved up with cold temperatures expected and no indoor option available.
The game represents a final chance for the Golden Eagles to work on their lineup in real game action before the regular season begins on Saturday, Feb. 20 against Bellarmine in Milwaukee.
"I told the guys on Saturday when we got home (from High Point), that I want to play the Cornell scrimmage as close to a real game as we possibly can," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "To see where we are against one of the giants of our sport. Whether that means the starters play the whole time or not, we are going to play it like we it's a real game and see where we are at.
"I think the result is more import to me this time than the last two because I want to see if we can win a game against a good team and have the confidence to compete. You turn this thing around and it's Monday of game week after that. The way the scrimmages have progressed, playing Cornell last is important. We have got to focus on who we are and what we are going to become because we're nowhere near that just yet. If we lose sight of that then we are going to lose and opportunity to get better."
The Golden Eagles played Michigan and Denison during their first scrimmage date of the spring on Jan. 30 and faced High Point last Saturday in North Carolina.
"I think we really focused on some things last week and got a lot better at them," Amplo said. "Now we have some more stuff we need to focus on this week. I won't say I'm pleased to lose 10-8 but I'm pleased with our progression."
Midfielders Ryan McNamara and Blaine Fleming each had a pair of goals for Marquette against the Panthers, while all three starters up front (Conor Gately, Kyran Clarke and John Wagners) each scored a goal.
"Honestly, it was the way we practiced last week," Amplo said of what pleased him about MU's progress against High Point. "The things that we had to work on, getting in the right spots on the clear, and recognizing the clearing situations and then executing, that made the game a lot easier. We weren't very good in the middle of the field during the first part of the game with the starters on 50/50 ground balls, but it's all stuff that is correctable."
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