No. 15/13 MLAX Travels to Jacksonville and Mercer
March 4, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The No. 15/13 Marquette University men's lacrosse team will make the trek South this weekend to take on Jacksonville and Mercer on Friday, March 6 and Sunday, March 8, respectively.
The Golden Eagles (5-0) will face Jacksonville at D.B. Milne Field in Jacksonville, Florida at 6 p.m. Central time on Friday before heading to Macon, Georgia to take on Mercer at 1 p.m. CT on Sunday at Mercer University Stadium.
Links to live statistics for each game will be available on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of each school's athletics website.
Marquette improved to a perfect 5-0 on the season last weekend with victories over Detroit (12-6) and Ohio State (10-9) at the Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Louisville, Kentucky. The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 7-0 first half lead on Detroit and never looked back, notching season bests in goals scored and allowed, as well as shots (45), faceoffs (14-of-21) and successful clears (19-19).
Against the Buckeyes, MU erased a pair of four-goal deficits and scored the final five goals of the contest to eke out its fourth one-goal victory of the season in the waning seconds. Sophomore attackman Kyran Clarke scored with 11 seconds left to put MU up 10-9 and goalie Jimmy Danaher made his 12th save of the afternoon right before the final horn to preserve the victory.
Jacksonville (2-1) enters Friday's matchup with consecutive victories, the last of which came on Tuesday night, 14-8, over Michigan. JU's Quint Miller posted a career-high five goals against the Wolverines, including a first-half hat trick.
Over their first three games, the Dolphins have been led by Chase Mcintryre, who has tallied nine goals and a .929 shot on goal percentage, while Tom Moore leads the squad with 12 points. JU also boasts an efficient man-down defense, having killed off .727 percent of penalties (No. 11 in NCAA Division 1) and is also one of the nation's most proficient teams in the faceoff X at 61 percent (13th nationally).
Mercer (0-4) is coming off a 12-7 loss at Detroit on Wednesday afternoon, in which they out-shot the Titans, 45-37, held a 14-9 edge in faceoffs and picked up 17 more ground balls. Detroit goalie Jason Weber, who had 19 saves against MU, posted an NCAA-high 28 saves, including eight shots off the stick of Mercer's Chris Baxa.
The Bears are led by Chris Rahill's nine points on the year with three assists and six goals, two of which came against Detroit in Wednesday's loss.
The Golden Eagles are 0-2 all-time against Jacksonville and 1-0 against Mercer with a 2013 victory.
Following this weekend's games, Marquette will head to Orlando, Florida to practice at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex over the University's spring break.
FIRST VICTORY OVER OHIO STATE ONE TO REMEMBER
As has been the case with most of Marquette's early season games, the Golden Eagles displayed a flair for the dramatic in their 10-9 victory over Ohio State on Sunday, March 1. MU fell behind 5-1 at the start of the second quarter and after the Golden Eagles responded to pull within one, 6-5, at the half, they still trailed 9-5 entering the fourth quarter. Marquette would go on to score all five goals in the final frame, the last of which came with 11 seconds remaining as Ryan McNamara found Kyran Clarke on the right side of the cage for the game winner.
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 Clarke's final goal 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.
MARQUETTE 9-1 IN ONE-GOAL GAMES
The ability to perform in pressure situations and a consistency in effort have allowed MU to emerge with four one-goal victories in its first five games of 2015 to push its all-time record to 9-1 in such contests. The Golden Eagles have eight straight one-goal wins dating back to March 29, 2014 at Rutgers and are also 4-0 all-time in overtime games as a program.
GATELY NAMED AS FIRST MU PLAYER ON TEWAARATON AWARD WATCH LIST
Junior attackman Conor Gately was one of 50 individuals named to the 2015 Tewaaraton Award Watch List on Thursday, Feb. 26. He is the first Marquette player in program history to earn mention on the watch list and is the Golden Eagles' second leading scorer in 2014 with 10 goals and six assists. The native of Yorktown Heights, New York is second in MU history with 83 points through 33 career games and is the program's all-time leader with 40 assists.
GRADUATE STUDENT GREENFIELD PACES NEW-LOOK ATTACK IN 2015
Through the first five games of 2015, the Golden Eagles are led in scoring by graduate student Jordan Greenfield, who has posted 15 goals and eight assists (23 points). The Dover, Massachusetts, native sits 14th in NCAA Division I with 4.60 points per contest and is 15th in goals per game (3.00). Greenfield's addition to the squad has helped ease the loss of almost 40 percent of MU's goal scoring from 2014, which departed with the graduation of 2014 USILA All-American Tyler Melnyk (36g) and Bryan Badolato (22g). Greenfield, potted 34 goals, including five game-winners, as Fairfield's leading scorer in 2013.
Greenfield was named the BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday, Feb. 23 after posting a program-record six goals, including the OT game-winner, at Richmond on Feb. 22. Greenfield tied the game 9-9 with under one minute in regulation and added the winning tally just 1:05 into the extra session. The Golden Eagles trailed 8-4 entering the fourth quarter. He was also named the national player of the week by Inside Lacrosse and the USILA Division I Offensive Player of the Week.
GOLDEN EAGLES ENTER NATIONAL RANKINGS AFTER JUST 31 GAMES
After opening the 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 moved up one spot in each national poll (No. 17/16) on Monday, Feb. 23 and up to No. 15/13 on Monday, March 2. The Golden Eagles also cracked the top 10 of the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine rankings on March 2 at No. 10.
BYRNES CONTINUES TO PRODUCE IN A NUMBER OF WAYS
Long stick midfielder Liam Byrnes entered the season as Marquette's all-time leader in ground balls and has continued to produce for the Golden Eagles early in 2015 in a variety of ways. Byrnes has recorded a ground ball (128 total) in all but two of the 34 career games he has played for Marquette and is second on the squad with 22 through five contests. He also leads MU with 10 caused turnovers.
The redshirt junior scored his third career goal in the Feb. 14 win at No. 17/19 Hofstra, on his native Long Island, and is currently tied for sixth among active NCAA Division I long pole players with 10 career points (4g, 6a). His second goal of the season, and fourth of his career, came on Sunday, March 1 against Ohio State in his first start of 2015 as a near defender.
Byrnes earned the second BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll mention of his career on Monday, March 2 after helping the Golden Eagles to victories in Louisville, Kentucky over Detroit and Ohio State in the inaugural Midwest Lacrosse Classic. The West Islip, New York, native notched four caused turnovers in each game and scored his fourth career goal against the Buckeyes as MU erased a four-goal fourth quarter deficit. In his first starting assignment of 2015 on defense versus OSU, he was tasked with shutting down reigning-Big Ten Player of the Week Jesse King, who torched MU for four goals and six points in their 2014 meeting. Byrnes allowed just a pair of even strength points to the Canadian and did not allow King to record a point over the final 43:17 of regulation.
GOLDEN EAGLES ARE SEASONED ROAD WARRIORS
Marquette opens its third season of competition with the first 10 games away from home and 12 of its 15 games overall on the road. By the time the Golden Eagles host their first home game at Hart Park on April 4, they will have traveled almost 12,000 miles in regular season competition and been through 11 states and the District of Columbia. In total, MU will log over 14,000 miles during the course of the regular season (almost 17,000 including preseason), through 13 states and Washington, D.C.
MU will have played at least 11 games away from home in each of its first three seasons and has opened regular season action with stretches of nine (2013), seven (2014) and 10 games (2015) on the road. The Golden Eagles have played over 75 percent of their contests in program history on the road and are 13-15 all-time away from home.
MARQUETTE TEAMS WITH ZABLOCKI VA MEDICAL CENTER TO COACH MILWAUKEE EAGLES
Head coach Joe Amplo and the Golden Eagles have teamed with the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and Marquette's PT Adaptive Ability Club to coach the Milwaukee Eagles, one of six wheelchair lacrosse teams in the United States. The team features paralyzed American veterans, which MU will coach on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at the Marquette Gym on campus. The team is organized by Dr. Kenneth Lee, a professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin, who works with the Spinal Cord Injury Center at the VA hospital.
GRILL AND WHITLOW EARN BIG EAST HONORS FOR MU'S 2-0 START
Redshirt juniors B.J. Grill and Kyle Whitlow earned recognition from the BIG EAST Conference on Feb. 16 for their play in season-opening victories at Lehigh and Hofstra. Grill was named the league's defensive player of the week for the second time in his career, while Whitlow was put on the conference's weekly honor roll. Grill led a Golden Eagles' defensive effort against the Pride that held Hofstra to just two goals in the final 23 minutes of play. In Grill's head-to-head matchup with Preseason CAA Player of the Year Sam Llinares, he limited the USILA All-American to just three points. Whitlow scored a career-high four goals, all of which came in the second half, in the win at Hofstra and posted three points, including the game-winning tally, against the Mountain Hawks.
SCRIPT FLIPS AGAINST THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
Marquette opened the season against a ranked Lehigh team for the second year in a row, but a number of statistical improvements allowed the Golden Eagles to emerge victorious for their first victory over a ranked foe and the first time above .500. Led by freshman Owen Weselak's nine wins in the X, MU won 52.2 percent (12-of-23) of the game's faceoffs after winning just four-of-22 (18 percent) in 2014. The Golden Eagles also improved in the ground ball battle, picking up 27 to Lehigh's 30 after getting beat 2-to-1 (36-18) in 2014.v
BYRNES, GRILL & WHITLOW NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST
Returning all-conference performers Liam Byrnes, B.J. Grill and Kyle Whitlow were named to the 2015 All-BIG EAST Preseason Team. Grill and Byrnes were both selected unanimously, and Byrnes was the only long stick midfielder named. Last year, Grill became the first player in program history to earn unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team honors, while Byrnes, Marquette's career leader in ground balls and caused turnovers, garnered second team accolades. Whitlow was also named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2014 and was one of two players to start all 16 games for the Golden Eagles. The redshirt junior ranks second all-time and first among active MU players with 50 career goals, which is nine shy of Tyler Melnyk's program record (59).
GOLDEN EAGLES PEGGED FOURTH IN BIG EAST COACHES' POLL
Marquette was picked to finish fourth in the 2015 BIG EAST Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll after a second-place regular season finish as a new league member in 2014. Just a pair of points separated the second and fourth-place teams in the poll as Georgetown (18 points), Villanova (17) and Marquette (16) followed unanimous preseason No. 1 Denver. The Golden Eagles were the only squad other than the Pioneers to receive a first-place vote, as coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team or players.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU LACROSSE
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 on Jan. 29 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 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.
CBS SPORTS NETWORK TO TELEVISE FINAL TWO HOME GAMES
The Golden Eagles will play two home games in front of a national television audience in their final contests of the regular season when preseason No. 3 Duke and No. 1 Denver roll into Milwaukee. Marquette will host the Blue Devils on Saturday, April 18 in a 1 p.m. Central time matchup (originally noon) and the Pioneers on Saturday, April 25 in the BIG EAST regular season finale.
GOLDEN EAGLES FACE TOUGH SLATE IN 2015
Marquette will face five teams ranked in both preseason polls during its third season of competition, including No. 1 Denver, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Duke all in the month of April. The Golden Eagles began the 2015 campaign at No. 18/16 Lehigh and No. 17/19 Hofstra in the first two weeks of the season and will also face three teams receiving votes in the USILA Preseason Poll in Ohio State, Villanova and St. John's. In total, 12 of MU's 15 opponents have received votes in at least one of the two polls this season.
NATION'S TOP ATTACKERS GRILL-ED IN 2014
Marquette defenseman B.J. Grill provided shutdown defense on some of the nation's top attackmen in 2014 as the BIG EAST's lone unanimous first team all-conference selection did not allow a goal to USILA Second Team All-Americans Kieran McArdle (40g) of St. John's and Notre Dame's Matt Kavanaugh (42g). His work against McArdle allowed the Golden Eagles to pull out an 11-10 OT victory against the Red Storm in Queens, New York on April 6.
MARQUETTE SIGNS TWO 2015 SENIORS TO NLIs
A pair of current high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent in November and will suit up for the Golden Eagles in the spring of 2016:
- John Wagner (A, St. David's, Ontario/Cranbrook (Mich.))
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