No. 19/17 Marquette to face OSU and UDM in Midwest Classic

Nicholas Eufrasio made his first start of the year in a dominant MU defensive effort at Richmond. (Photo: Brian McWalters)

2016 Marquette Men's Lacrosse - Game 3 - Midwest Lacrosse Classic
No. 19/17 Marquette (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) at rv/rv Ohio State (3-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
Date Friday, March 4 | 5 p.m. CT
Location Ohio Stadium | Columbus, Ohio
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2016 Marquette Men's Lacrosse - Game 4 - Midwest Lacrosse Classic
No. 19/17 Marquette (2-0, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Detroit (0-3, 0-0 MAAC)
Date Sunday, March 6 | 11 a.m. CT
Location Ohio Stadium | Columbus, Ohio
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March 2, 2016

The Last Meeting
Ohio State (at Bellarmine)9
March 1, 2015
Louisville, Ky.
MLAX Storms back for 10-9 Win over OSU
A Kyran Clarke goal with 11 seconds remaining capped a five goal fourth quarter for the No. 17/16 Marquette University men's lacrosse team as the Golden Eagles topped Ohio State 10-9 on Sunday afternoon in the Midwestern Lacrosse Classic at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium.

The Last Meeting
Detroit (at Bellarmine)6
February 27, 2015
Louisville, Ky.
No. 17/16 Marquette Holds on to Down Detroit 12-6
The No. 17/16 Marquette University men's lacrosse team withstood a second half rally from Detroit for a 12-6 victory on Friday afternoon in the Midwest Classic Lacrosse Weekend at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky.

MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men’s lacrosse team hits the road this weekend for the Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Columbus, Ohio, during which it will face Ohio State on Friday, March 4 and Detroit on Sunday, March 6 at Ohio Stadium.

Live statistics will be available for both contests through and a live video stream of Friday’s Ohio State game will be available for purchase.

The Golden Eagles (2-0) entered both national polls on Monday for the first time this season after a 7-2 victory at Richmond on Saturday afternoon. Junior midfielder Ryan McNamara added to his team-leading goal total (six) with a pair in the victory and now has the game winners in both contests this season. Freshman John Wagner posted the first two goals of his collegiate career against the Spiders and MU received a superb showing from its entire defensive unit, pushing its scoring defense to tops in the nation (4.50 goals per game).

The host Buckeyes (3-1) will look for revenge against the Golden Eagles on Friday night at 5 p.m. Central time after letting last season’s meeting slip away late in Louisville. OSU led 9-5 entering the fourth quarter before Marquette scored the final five goals in a 10-9 victory.

Ohio State has four players with eight points through the squad’s first four contests, while JT Blubaugh, Colin Chell and Eric Fannell lead the team with six goals apiece. Carter Brown, who led the Buckeyes with three goals against MU last season, has four goals and three assists on the year. Junior attackman Austin Shanks is one of OSU’s leaders with eight points (three goals, five assists) and tallied six points (3g, 3a) against Marquette last season during his time at Bellarmine.

First-year Marquette defensive coordinator Andrew Stimmel graduated from Ohio State in 2010 and was a three-year letter winner for the Buckeyes.

Following the meeting with Ohio State, Marquette will face Detroit (0-3) at 11 a.m. CT on Sunday. MU defeated the Titans, 12-6, last season behind a hat trick from Conor Gately and a 45-20 edge in shots by the Golden Eagles. Marquette jumped out to a 7-0 lead and held on for its third victory in as many tries against UDM. The Titans are led this season by Andy Hebden’s six goals and will face Bellarmine on Friday afternoon before the matchup with MU.

Marquette is 1-2 all-time against Ohio State and a perfect 3-0 against Detroit. The two meetings against the Buckeyes in Columbus both resulted in losses in 2013 and 2014 at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. MU’s Feb. 23, 2013 meeting at Ohio State was the first regular season game in program history and resulted in an 18-8 loss to the nationally ranked Buckeyes.

The Midwest Lacrosse Classic is in its second season after being hosted by Bellarmine last season at Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. Detroit is scheduled to host the 2017 edition, while MU is expected to welcome Bellarmine, UDM and OSU to Milwaukee in 2018.


  • The Golden Eagles made a statement defensively in Saturday’s victory at Richmond by allowing just two goals and shutting the UR offense down for scoreless stretches of 36:45 and 22:23. The Spiders’ two goals are the fewest they have ever scored as well as the lowest total MU has ever allowed in program history. The Golden Eagles were able to shut down Richmond leading-scorer Mitch Goldberg, not conceding a point to the junior for the first time in 27 games. Goalie Jimmy Danaher made nine timely saves in net for Marquette, while B.J. Grill tied a career-high with five ground balls and Nicholas Eufrasio picked up four in his first start of the year on defense. Grill was honored as the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Monday and MU’s scoring defense (4.50 goals per game) checks in at No. 1 in NCAA Division I.


  • Marquette’s 10-9 victory over Ohio State last season in Louisville included a furious fourth-quarter comeback in which MU scored the contest’s final five goals. Goalie Jimmy Danaher’s nine first half saves kept the Golden Eagles in the game and his save of Carter Brown with 0:01 left on the clock preserved the victory. OSU, which was 19-of-23 on the day in the faceoff X, won the draw after Kyran Clarke’s final goal with 11 seconds remaining, and pushed it ahead to attackman Jesse King with time running out. MU defenders Liam Byrnes and Logan Tousaw converged on King and knocked the ball loose on the right side of the net before King whipped a behind-the-back pass to Carter. Danaher’s 12th save of the day sealed the win as he stonewalled Carter’s shot from the edge of the crease. MU entered the fourth quarter trailing 9-5 before rallying for the 10-9 win.


  • Junior midfielder Ryan McNamara was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the second time in his career on Monday, Feb. 22 after tying a career high with four goals in the season-opening victory over Bellarmine. McNamara was third on the squad in scoring last season with 23 goals and 13 assists and has started in the midfield in every game of his collegiate career. He leads MU this year with six goals in the first two games.
  • Dating back to April of last season, McNamara has scored 16 goals over his last eight contests (2.00 goals/game) and has accrued 24 points over that same stretch (3.00 points/game). Those last eight games included matchups with then-No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 5 Denver (1g, 3a), No. 6 Duke (2g, 1a) and No. 12 Georgetown (1g, 1a).


  • The Golden Eagles will be featured on a pair of national television broadcasts again this season after appearing twice last season for the first time in program history. Marquette’s March 26 showdown with Georgetown in Milwaukee will appear on FS1, while its game at reigning-NCAA Champion, Denver, will appear on CBS Sports Network on April 30. Both contests figure to play significantly into the BIG EAST Conference and NCAA postseason picture, where MU will try to make its mark in 2016. The Golden Eagles have never beaten Denver and fell to Georgetown twice last season, including in the BIG EAST semifinal. MU’s contest against the Pioneers last year was shown on CBSSN, while its HEADstrong Foundation game against Duke, which drew almost 5,000 fans to Hart Park, was also broadcast.


  • Senior attackman Conor Gately was named to the Tewaaraton Award Watch List for the second time in his career in 2016. The watch list of 50 men’s student-athletes will be cut down to 25 on April 28 and five finalists for the award will be announced on May 12. The Tewaaraton Award, presented by Under Armour, is recognized as the preeminent lacrosse award. The award selection committees are made up of premier collegiate coaches and are appointed by The Tewaaraton Foundation.


  • B.J. Grill became the first MU men’s lacrosse player to be named a Senior CLASS Award candidate when it was announced that he was one of 20 candidates for the prestigious award on Feb. 16. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. Grill is a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection on defense and a 2016 Inside Lacrosse Preseason Faceoff Yearbook Third Team All-American. The two-time team captain and Major League Lacrosse draft pick graduated in May of 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently pursuing an MBA in Marquette’s Graduate School of Management.


  • This year’s roster features a 19-player senior class that is the largest in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse. The group includes five players who arrived on campus during the fall of 2011 and did not play in any games during their first year as the Golden Eagles only practiced. Liam Byrnes and B.J. Grill have already received their bachelor’s degrees in that group, while Kyle Whitlow, Tyler Gilligan and Dan Mojica will graduate in May with MU’s other four-year players. Marquette returns a total of eight starters and 35 letter winners from last year’s 10-win squad.


  • For the first time in program history, the Golden Eagles will play all five home games in Milwaukee at Valley Fields in the Menomonee River Valley, where they have practiced since their inception in 2011. Marquette is making the move in towards campus from Hart Park in Wauwatosa, where it had played during its first three seasons.
  • A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s lacrosse and soccer programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced last spring by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU lacrosse. Through a strategic partnership with Aurora Health Care and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide. It was announced in January that Aurora Health Care will provide $40 million in capital investment to the start of the $120 million project.


  • For the first time in program history, the Marquette University men’s lacrosse program earned a spot in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook Top 20, checking in at No. 16 in the publication’s annual preseason ranking. The Golden Eagles are the second-ranked team in the BIG EAST Conference, behind defending NCAA Champion Denver, which sits second in the poll to preseason No. 1 Notre Dame. Conference foes Villanova and Georgetown sit at Nos. 17 and 18, respectively, meaning the six-team league has four members ranked in the top 18 of the preseason poll. In total, Marquette will face six teams ranked by the yearbook during the 2016 campaign, including the preseason top three teams in Notre Dame, Denver and Duke.


  • Graduate students Liam Byrnes and B.J. Grill were named to the Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Third Team, becoming the first MU players ever honored with preseason all-America accolades. Grill is a two-time All-BIG EAST Conference First Team selection on defense and, along with Byrnes, will play his final season of eligibility in 2016 while pursuing a master's degree from Marquette's Graduate School of Management.


  • Liam Byrnes was chosen as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year in a survey of the league’s head coaches, while Conor Gately, B.J. Grill and Kyle Whitlow all joined Byrnes as unanimous preseason all-conference selections. Byrnes, Grill and Whitlow were All-BIG EAST First Team selections last season and Gately was named to the second team. The Golden Eagles are pegged to finish third in the preseason coaches’ poll, while reigning NCAA Champion Denver and Georgetown occupy the top two positions.


  • With eight of Marquette’s 10 victories last season coming by either one or two goals, the value placed on each possession was of utmost importance. Fortunately the Golden Eagles turned the ball over just 11.3 times per game in 2015, ranking as the third-lowest total in NCAA Division I. MU had a season-low seven giveaways against St. John’s on April 4 and had fewer turnovers than its opponent in all but two games.


  • The Golden Eagles’ 9-8 victory at Villanova on March 28, 2015 was their fifth one-goal victory last year and the 10th in their three seasons of competition. The squad’s 10-9 loss at Georgetown the week prior was the program’s only one-goal defeat in 2015 and the first since March 8, 2014 at Jacksonville. The Golden Eagles captured four one-goal victories in the first five games of 2015 and won eight straight one-goal contests until the loss to the Hoyas. In addition to being 10-2 all-time in games decided by one goal, MU is also 4-0 all-time in overtime games as a program.


  • Midfielder Kyle Whitlow and attackman Conor Gately have each been consistent contributors to the Marquette lineup since MU’s first season in 2013 and rank as the Golden Eagles all-time scoring leaders. Both players are unanimous preseason all-conference selections and were both all-league choices in 2015. Whitlow’s 68 career goals place him first in Marquette history, while his 91 points are second to Gately. The Orillia, Ontario native scored his 60th career goal on April 11 at Providence to take sole possession of first place in Marquette history, surpassing Melnyk’s previous record of 59 tallies. Gately, a Marquette legacy, holds the MU record with 111 points on 61 goals and 50 assists.


  • Liam Byrnes, Jacob Richard and B.J. Grill became the first Major League Lacrosse draft picks in Marquette history when they were selected on Friday, Jan. 22 in the 2016 MLL Collegiate Draft in Baltimore. All three players are team co-captains and have competed in every game Marquette has ever played. Byrnes became the first MU student-athlete picked when the Florida Launch selected him in the third round with the 21st overall choice. Richard (NY Lizards) and Grill (Denver Outlaws) were chosen in the fourth and fifth rounds, respectively.


  • Liam Byrnes, the BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year, was the BIG EAST’s unanimous selection at long stick midfielder last season and has returned to his role as a close defenseman in 2016. Byrnes has recorded a ground ball (162 total) in all but four of the 47 career games he has played for Marquette and had a team-high 52 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers in 2015. He is MU’s all-time leader in ground balls and caused turnovers and has seen action in every game Marquette has ever played. The graduate student scored a career-best four goals in 2015 and has 14 career points (6g, 8a).


  • After opening the 2015 season with consecutive wins over ranked opponents, MU entered both national polls for the first time in program history on Monday, Feb. 16, checking in at No. 17 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and No. 18 in the USILA Coaches' Poll. Just over two years and a total of 31 games into team history, the Golden Eagles are believed to be the quickest squad to enter the NCAA Division I media poll following the team’s inception. MU continued its climb as its record remained unblemished with seven wins to begin the season, eventually reaching No. 9 in the media poll on Monday, March 16.


  • Marquette will be in a bit of unfamiliar territory this spring with five of its 13 regular season games at home after playing at least 11 games away from home in each of its first three seasons. It has opened regular season action with stretches of nine (2013), seven (2014) and 10 games (2015) on the road, and has played over 80 percent of their contests in program history on the road and are 18-18 all-time away from home. Marquette is also playing contests at Valley Fields on campus this season for the first time ever.




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