Men's Lacrosse Travels to Hofstra Saturday

Amplo prepares his team for Hosftra

Feb. 13, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team (0-1) is on the road again this weekend to take on the Hofstra Pride (0-0) this Saturday, Feb. 15.

The Golden Eagles travel to Hempstead, N.Y. in what will be the second of seven-straight road games to open the 2014 season. The game will be played at James M. Shuart Stadium on Hofstra's campus. Faceoff is scheduled at 11 a.m. CT (noon ET).

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MU is looking to respond following a 13-6 loss at No. 17/19 Lehigh last weekend. Lehigh used an 11-2 run in the second and third quarters to pull away after Tyler Melnyk's second goal evened the score at 2-2. Head Coach Joe Amplo emphasized winning the faceoff battle against the Pride, after winning 4-of-22 last weekend, to gain more offensive momentum after only having 14 offensive possessions against Lehigh.

"This week we have focused on ground ball play," said Amplo, a former Hofstra player and assistant coach. "After getting dominated off the ground against Lehigh, we have done the best we can to improve upon our ability to scrap for ground balls."

Saturday's game marks the season opener for Hofstra, who returns 23 players from last year's team. Seven of the Pride's top eight scorers return, including Torin Varn (30g in 2013) and Sam Llinares (19g, 13a in 2013). Marquette will face another formidable goalie in All-CAA Chris Selva, who saved 159 shots last season.

Key Storylines ...
• Marquette (0-1) opened its 2014 regular season with a 13-6 loss at No. 17/19 Lehigh last Saturday, Feb. 8. Lehigh used a 11-2 run and won 18 of 22 faceoffs to pull away from the Golden Eagles. Sophomore Conor Gately led the way for Marquette with three points (2a, 1g) and Tyler Melnyk chipped in with two goals. MU sophomore defender Brian Porter and freshman middie Ryan McNamara both earned their first starts, while Logan Tousaw and Pat Townsend, both transfers, made their Marquette debut Saturday.

• Hofstra (0-0) opens up their 2014 campaign Saturday. The Pride return 23 players from last year’s 7-7 squad, including seven of their top eight scorers from last year. Hofstra’s attack will be led by Torin Varn (30g in 2013) and Sam Llinares (19g, 13a in 2013). The Pride also return All-CAA goalie Chris Selva.

Hofstra Coaching Connection ...
• Head coach Joe Amplo came to Marquette after serving 10 year as an assistant coach for his alma mater, Hofstra. As a defenseman for Hofstra, Amplo led the Pride to a 1999 NCAA championship quarterfinal. While Amplo was an assistant, the Pride reached seven NCAA tournaments.

• Marquette assistant Coach John Orsen played under Amplo at Hofstra from 2003-2006, leading the Pride his senior year to a NCAA quaterfinal apprerance and a 17-2 record. In his senior year at Hofstra, Orsen was named a STX/USILA Division I All-American defenseman and drafted by the Long Island Lizards.

Hofstra Player Connection
• In 2011 when Amplo accepted the job to start Marquette’s lacrosse program, James Raveret (Glen Ellyn, Ill.), Jerry Nobile (Bay Shore, N.Y.), and Cullen Cassidy (Bethesda, Md.) transfered from Hofstra and followed Amplo to Milwaukee.

Long Island Homecoming
•Seven members of Marquette’s squad hail from Long Island (N.Y.). Bryan Badolato, Liam Byrnes, Jerry Nobile, Paul Riportella, and JJ Sagl all played their high school lacrosse nearby at West Islip High School. While Brian Porter attended Chaminade and Salvatore Vitale played at St. Anthony’s High School.

First Season of BIG EAST Competition
• The Marquette University men’s lacrosse team will play its first season as a member of the BIG EAST Conference, joining Denver as the conference’s newcomers. The Golden     Eagles and Pioneers join St. John’s, Villanova, Rutgers, Georgetown, and Providence to make a seven-team conference with four teams ranked in the preseason top 20.

#14 Toughest Schedule According to Inside Lacrosse
• Inside Lacrosse’s 2014 Faceoff Yearbook ranked Marquette’s 2014 schedule as the 14th toughest in the nation. The Golden Eagles will face seven teams in the preseason top 20 according to both the Warrior/Inside Lacrosse Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll. The team will see matchups against 2013 national champion Duke and three BIG EAST members all in the preseason top 20.




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