Golden Eagles Prepare For No. 17/17 Ohio State
Feb. 21, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team, coming off their first win of the year against Hofstra last Saturday, travels to No. 17/17 Ohio State (0-2) on Feb. 22.
The Golden Eagles (1-1) return to Columbus, Ohio, site of the first game in program history in 2013, which MU dropped 18-8. This year's matchup will again be played indoors at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with faceoff scheduled for 11 a.m. CT (noon ET).
Fans are encouraged to call 1-800-GOBUCKS for tickets prior the game, as last year's matchup was sold out. A live stream will be available through OhioStateBuckeyes.com (click link at the top of the page for the pay-per-view broadcast) for fans not traveling to the game.
MU is looking to continue its momentum from last weekend's 11-9 victory at Hofstra. The highest scoring output for the Golden Eagles this season was powered by redshirt senior attackman Tyler Melnyk who scored three straight key goals to widen the gap to 6-3 vs. the Pride, while middie Kyle Whitlow added a hat trick.
Sophomore attackman Conor Gately is off to a strong start as well, notching five points in the first two games of the campaign. MU will be facing a battle-tested Ohio State defense which has lost back-to-back overtime games to high-powered offenses this season in Johns Hopkins and UMass. Buckeyes' senior goalie Greg Dutton has made 20 saves and posted a .476 save percentage in a pair of losses.
The Buckeyes bring a prolific attack to their 2014 home opener that includes reigning ECAC Offensive Player of the Week Turner Evans, as well as Jessie King, who has five goals in 2014, and Reegan Comeault, who has notched five points this season. Despite losing two-straight games in overtime, Ohio State has posted 11 goals per contest.
However, MU's defense is coming off one of their strongest games, holding Hofstra scoreless for nearly 30 minutes between the first and third quarters. Redshirt sophomore long stick midfielder Liam Byrnes led the effort notching six groundballs and causing four turnovers, while senior goalie JJ Sagl was strong in the cage saving eight shots.