Marquette lacrosse to face No. 4/6 Ohio State and Bellarmine
Feb. 28, 2018
MILWAUKEE - The No. 18/19 Marquette University men's lacrosse team will face No. 4/6 Ohio State and Bellarmine this weekend in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic at Wisner Stadium in Pontiac, Michigan.
Tickets, which include admission to all four games this weekend, can be purchased online or at Wisner Stadium for $20. Lax Talk Radio will broadcast every game of the event online.
Marquette returns to the site of its last contest, a 13-6 victory over Detroit Mercy on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles went up 3-0 and used a 7-1 run over the second and third quarters to pull away for the win as attackman Anthony Orsini tied an MU freshman record with four goals. Orsini, the BIG EAST Freshman of the Week also added an assist, while redshirt junior Jack Zerrillo recorded his first career hat trick.
Ohio State (4-0) is coming off a 12-11 overtime victory at Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon in which the Buckeyes trailed by three goals in the fourth quarter. Sophomore Tre Leclaire scored the game tying goal with 1.8 seconds left in regulation and the game winner in overtime. Leclaire also notched his first of the day at the 1:34 mark with OSU down two and completed the comeback with his final two markers.
Jackson Reid sits second to Leclaire (11) with seven goals scored this season and the Buckeyes are averaging 12.25 goals per game following victories over JU, Cleveland State, then-No. 20 Boston University and Hofstra.
MU is just 1-4 all-time against Ohio State with the lone victory coming in 2015 (10-9) in the inaugural Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. OSU has captured victories over MU in each of the last two seasons, 12-8 in 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, and a 12-6 win last season in Milwaukee.
Marquette doesn't return any point producers from last year's meeting, though goalie Cole Blazer set an MU program record with 18 saves in the loss. Face-off specialist Zachary Melillo, who missed last year's matchup with the Buckeyes due to injury, won 75 percent (15-of-20) at the dot on Saturday against UDM and picked up eight ground balls.
Marquette is 2-2 all-time against Bellarmine but has never played BU in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. The Golden Eagles defeated the Knights, 9-7, in the 2016 season opener and did not face BU last season.
Bellarmine has lost its last three games to Michigan, Cleveland State and Manhattan, after a 15-7 season-opening win over Robert Morris on Feb. 9. Brian Wall leads the Knights with nine goals, including hat tricks in each of the last two games, while Morgan Macko has a team-high 14 points on seven goals and seven assists.
Following play this weekend, the Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee to host Robert Morris on Saturday, March 10 at Valley Fields. They will then head back to Michigan on March 17 to take on the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
ORSINI TIES MU FRESHMAN RECORD
• Freshman attackman Anthony Orsini tied a Marquette freshman record with four goals in MU's 13-6 win at Detroit Mercy on Feb. 24 and was named the BIG EAST Conference Freshman of the Week on Monday afternoon. His mark tied him with Conor Gately, who posted four on April 13, 2013 against High Point.
• Orsini also added an assist for five points, the second highest point total for an MU freshman. That mark is second only to Gately's seven points at Mercer on March 12, 2013.
NEW FACES PRODUCE ON OFFENSE
• A number of individuals contributed in the season's first two games for a Marquette squad that returned just one of its top seven and two of its top 11 scorers from last season. In addition to leading returning scorer John Wagner's five points, sophomore Connor McClelland scored four times in his first career start against Jacksonville, while freshman Anthony Orsini scored twice in his NCAA debut. Senior SSDM Colin Riehl tallied his first career goal off a late first period faceoff and sophomore Peter Henkhaus scored after finding the back of the net just once during his freshman campaign. Also tallying their first career points were midfielders Colin O'Donnell, a redshirt freshman, and sophomore Ryan Fazio.
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