Marquette Men's Lacrosse Takes On No. 6/4 Duke Tuesday
March 10, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team is preparing to play No. 6/4 Duke on Tuesday, the second game of its three-game road trip. The matchup will be streamed live on ESPN 3 (WatchESPN.com).
Faceoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET) at Koskinen Stadium in what will be the first weekday and night game for the Golden Eagles this season. Fans can visit GoDuke.com to purchase tickets.
Marquette (1-4) is looking to respond after a 9-8 defeat at Jacksonville this past Saturday. The Golden Eagles got on the scoreboard first, but trailed the rest of the way. MU rallied late, however, thanks to a pair of Ryan McNamara fourth-quarter goals combined with Cullen Cassidy's domination of the faceoff X. Tyler Melnyk chipped in to the near-comeback with this third hat trick of the season, giving the attackman 12 goals on the year.
Cassidy, a redshirt senior, posted a career-high in faceoff wins going 14-20 (.700) and picked up four groundballs against Jacksonville. The Bethesda, Md., native was part of an MU duo who won 13 faceoffs in last year's matchup vs. Duke. Cassidy will battle Duke faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler, who has posted a .618 percentage thus far. As a squad, Duke has won 88 of 140 (.629) faceoffs in six total games, Fowler has won 81 of these.
Marquette's freshman goalie Jimmy Danaher made seven saves in his collegiate debut and first start this past Saturday and posted a save percentage of .438. The Blauvelt, N.Y. native will get the nod to protect the cage again Tuesday.
Duke (4-2) is coming off a 14-7 loss to No. 5/5 Loyola (Md.) Sunday, its second loss to a top-five opponent. Jordan Wolf, the Blue Devil point leader with 23 tallies, continued his national-leading point streak to 46 games.
Goalies Luke Aaron and Kyle Turri both saw time in the cage for the Blue Devils Sunday. They made a combined eight saves against the Greyhounds.
Following the matchup with Duke, the Golden Eagles will continue on to play Detroit this Saturday, March 15.