Marquette lacrosse hosts Robert Morris on Saturday
March 8, 2018
MILWAUKEE - The No. 19/18 Marquette University men’s lacrosse team hosts Robert Morris at 1 p.m. Central time on Saturday, March 10 at Valley Fields.
Live statistics will be provided live through Gametracker on GoMarquette.com as will a free, live video stream with Patrick Reed on the call.
The Golden Eagles (3-1) are coming off a 1-1 weekend at the Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Pontiac, Michigan, in which they defeated then-No. 4/6 Ohio State, 8-7, in overtime before falling to Bellarmine, 7-6, on Sunday in double overtime.
Junior attackman John Wagner posted two goals against the Buckeyes, including the overtime winner, and Marquette’s defense limited the OSU offense to its lowest goal output of the year. Sophomore defenseman Nick Grill was the primary cover on Ohio State’s leading scorer Tre Leclaire and helped to hold the attackman without a point. He was named to the BIG EAST Conference Weekly Honor Roll on Monday for his play over the weekend.
Wagner sits tied for the MU team lead with 12 points on the strength of seven goals and five assists, while freshman Anthony Orsini has a team-best nine goals.
The Colonials sit at 3-2 on the year after facing a tough early season schedule that included a 12-9 victory at then-No. 16/15 Penn State on Feb. 24. The squad defeated High Point, 16-11, last weekend in Pennsylvania and owns a win over Bellarmine and losses to nationally ranked Rutgers and Georgetown.
RMU is averaging 12.20 goals per game and is led by Jimmy Perkins’ 23 points (11 goals, 13 assists) and Matt Schmidt’s 11 goals. In total, 17 players have scored this season for Robert Morris and Alex Heger has played all but four minutes in net while making 55 saves.
The Golden Eagles defeated the Colonials, 14-7, last season on RMU’s home turf as Andy DeMichiei posted five points in his return to the Pittsburgh area. Wagner and Jack Zerrillo are MU’s returning goal scorers from that contest where each posted a pair of tallies. MU broke free from a 3-3 tie after one quarter to score all nine goals in the second and third quarters for the victory.
Marquette also claimed the lone meeting in the series at Valley Fields, a 13-5 win in 2016. Tanner Thomson scored the first two goals of his NCAA career for MU, which won 17-of-22 face-offs on the day and used a 7-0 run to pull away from an early 1-0 deficit.
Following Saturday’s contest, Marquette will return for its fourth game this season in the state of Michigan at U-M on St. Patrick’s Day in Ann Arbor. The game is slated for 2 p.m. Central time at the new U-M Lacrosse Stadium.
MARQUETTE CLAIMS FOURTH TOP-FIVE WIN OVER OHIO STATE
• The Golden Eagles picked up their first win over a ranked opponent this season against then-No. 4/6 Ohio State on March 2 in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic in Pontiac, Michigan. The 8-7 overtime victory pushed MU’s record to 4-9 all-time against top-five teams in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, 18-6 in one-goal games and 33-1 when entering the fourth quarter with the lead (Marquette has since lost to Bellarmine in OT after entering the fourth with the advantage). In addition to the win over the Buckeyes, MU owns top-five wins over Villanova (No. 5) and Denver (No. 1) in 2016, as well as Denver (No. 2) in last year’s BIG EAST tournament.
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.
• Against Detroit Mercy, Orsini scored four times and Jack Zerrillo posted a hat trick, while sophomore Tommy van den Benken and Luke Vassos each tallied the first career goals. Keaton Thomson and Teddy Goltzman each scored their first career goals during the Midwest Lacrosse Classic against OSU and Bellarmine.
WAGNER IS LONE RETURNING STARTER ON OFFENSE
• Wagner tied for second on the team with 22 goals as a sophomore, and despite posting just three assists, will be relied upon to facilitate more as a junior. The St. Davids, Ontario native posted a combined six goals against Denver last season, including a career-high four in the BIG EAST semis, and a total of five at Notre Dame with a hat trick in the 2017 NCAA First Round.
• Wagner experienced an up-and-down freshman season in 2016, playing in all 16 games, but scoring in just two of them. The Canadian carved out a more prominent role on the first line as a sophomore and had an eight-game scoring streak that was snapped against Duke on April 22.
DEFENSE RETURNS MOST OF 2017 PRODUCTION
• A strong defensive unit has been the hallmark of Marquette squads under head coach Joe Amplo and is expected to be a formidable group once again in 2018. In addition to senior goalie Cole Blazer, the Golden Eagles return a pair of 16-game starters at close defense in fellow All-BIG EAST Preseason Team selection Nick Grill and junior Jackson Ehlert. Brendon Connolly, who played in 15 games last season at LSM slides down to take the third spot vacated by the graduation of multi-year starter Nick Eufrasio. Noah Richard and Colin Riehl also return after playing in all 16 games last season at LSM and SSDM, respectively, and will join the face-off unit on the wings with MU’s all-time face-off leader Zachary Melillo.
TWO FORMER WISCONSIN HIGH SCHOOL PLAYERS ON MU ROSTER
• For the first time Marquette has a pair of players on its roster who played lacrosse in the state of Wisconsin in Jordan Schmid (Waukesha, Wis./Kettle Moraine H.S.) and Moey Lardy (Cedarburg, Wis./Cedarburg). Schmid, who will redshirt the 2018 season after suffering a knee injury in the fall, helped Kettle Moraine to a pair of state titles as junior and senior, and posted 120 goals and 232 points in 71 games over his final three seasons. Lardy, whose parents now live in California, spent his first two years of high school in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and played with the Amplify Lacrosse Club. Either would be the first Wisconsinite to play for Marquette when they make their debut, as the only other player from the state to ever appear on the MU roster was Ryan Condon (Wausau, Wis.) in 2013, who never played for the Golden Eagles.
NEW SEASONAL DOME AT VALLEY FIELDS; AHPRC BROKE GROUND ON MARCH 6
• Marquette’s seasonal dome over the FieldTurf Revolution 360 surface at Valley Fields provides a climate-controlled practice and game facility for the Golden Eagles during the winter months. The Golden Eagles played all their home games at Valley Fields for the first time in 2016, after making the move in towards campus from Hart Park in Wauwatosa, where they had played during their first three seasons.
• MU officially broke ground for its new Athletic and Human Performance Research Center at a ceremony Tuesday, March 6. The $24 million, 46,000-square-foot AHPRC will be built in phases under a long-term master plan. The first phase will include:
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