Marquette Battles Jacksonville Saturday
March 6, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team travels to Jacksonville to begin its spring break road trip, which consists of three games in eight days, beginning with Saturday's contest against the Dolphins.
Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time (2 p.m. ET) at D.B. Milne Field. That is one hour later than the original scheduled time in order to accommodate a women's lacrosse game beforehand. Tickets can be purchased by calling (904) 256-7409 or through JUDolphins.com.
"During this trip I'm looking for the team to truly supplant its identity," said MU head coach Joe Amplo. "This trip brings us right to the start of BIG EAST play, and I think our guys are figuring out how to win a game and how not to lose a game. Once spring break is over we want to be playing at our peak so we can compete against the BIG EAST."
The Golden Eagles (1-3), who are coming off their highest scoring output of the season in a 16-12 loss at Marist last weekend were led by redshirt senior attackman Bryan Badolato who tied a career high with five goals. Fellow redshirt senior Tyler Melnyk also contributed five points and his second hat trick of the season to a MU offense that attempted a program high 47 shots.
Badolato was named BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week for his effort, the first MU player to earn the award in program history.
Marquette will look to continue to take care of the ball this weekend and improve on its top five national ranking in turnovers at only 11.25 per game. This will be key in maximizing offensive possessions against Jacksonville goalie Pete DeLuca who made 10 saves last year to help beat the Golden Eagles.
The Dolphins (0-4), who are coming off a tight 9-8 loss to High Point last weekend, got the better of the Golden Eagles last season, 13-7. Jacksonville has lost its last two games by a combined difference of only four goals and is led by sophomores Dakota Rohlin and Tom Moore who both have five goals on the year. Jacksonville dropped its first two games of the 2014 season to Duke and Notre Dame, both future MU opponents.
Following Saturday's game, the squad will travel to Duke to take on the No. 4/3 Blue Devils on March 11, then conclude the spring break trip at Detroit on March 15.
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