Men's Lacrosse Travels to Hofstra Saturday
Feb. 13, 2014
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).
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 ...
• 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 ...
• 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.
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