March 23, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team begins its 2017 BIG EAST Conference campaign on Saturday, March 25 in an 11 a.m. Central time matchup with Georgetown at Cooper Field in Washington, D.C.
Live statistics and video of the game will be provided through GUHoyas.com, with the video stream available on a paid basis.
The Golden Eagles (3-2) are coming off a bye week over MU's spring break spent training at their new seasonal dome facility at Valley Fields. Prior to the bye, Marquette defeated Robert Morris, 14-7, on March 11 as senior Andy DeMichiei posted a game-best five points in his return to his native Pittsburgh with a hat trick and a pair of assists. MU was tied 3-3 with the Colonials after one quarter, but outscored RMU, 9-0, in the second and third quarters to secure the win.
Redshirt junior Peter Conley became the 21st player in Georgetown history to surpass the 100-career point threshold with five points in GU's 11-10 loss at Loyola on Wednesday afternoon. The Hoyas (2-6) received a season-best 17 saves from junior Nick Marrocco, but it was not enough against their fourth top-20 opponent of 2017. Sophomore Daniel Bucaro leads GU with 24 goals on the year, while Conley comes in not too far behind with 17 himself.
In addition to ranked losses coming at the hands of Loyola, Duke, Towson and Notre Dame, Georgetown also suffered an 11-9 defeat to Hofstra, a team that has since become a consensus top-20 squad. The lone common opponent between MU and GU so far is Robert Morris, whom the Hoyas knocked off 12-7 on March 7.
Georgetown holds a slim 3-2 lead in the all-time series with Marquette and each of the last three regular season meetings have been one-goal affairs with MU coming out on top in 2014 and 2016, while the Hoyas were victorious in 2015. Neither squad has won a true road game in the series.
In addition to their BIG EAST affiliation, the two programs are tied together by head coaches Joe Amplo and Kevin Warne of Georgetown, who were teammates and roommates during their college careers at Hofstra.
Following Saturday's game, MU returns to Milwaukee to welcome Air Force for a noon CT matinee at Valley Fields before resuming league play at Villanova on Saturday, April 1.
The Last Meeting
March 26, 2016
MU Takes BIG EAST Opener, 9-8, over Georgetown
The Marquette University men's lacrosse team withstood a late rally from Georgetown for a 9-8 victory in its BIG EAST Conference opener on Saturday afternoon at a sunny Valley Fields in Milwaukee.
BIG EAST PLAY BEGINS ANEW
- The Golden Eagles are embarking on their fourth BIG EAST Conference campaign as the reigning league tournament champions after claiming their first title in the 2016 conference championship game against then-No. 1 Denver. Marquette went 4-1 in league play in 2016 and is 11-5 overall, having never fallen below .500 in a season since officially joining for men's lacrosse in 2014. In every one of those years, MU has reached the BIG EAST semifinals and its regular season losses have come to Denver (three times), Villanova (once) and Georgetown (once).
BLAZER SECURES THE CREASE
- Goalie Cole Blazer has continued his solid play in net into his first full campaign as MU's starter in 2017. As of March 20, the junior sits 11th in NCAA Division I with 12.2 saves per game and holds a save percentage of .663 (third nationally) with a goals against average of 6.83 (fourth nationally). He earned a pair of BIG EAST Conference weekly accolades during MU's first three weeks of competition in 2017 and was the league's defensive player of the week on March 6 after notching a new program record with 18 saves against Ohio State on March 3.
MCNAMARA'S RECORD-SETTING OFFENSIVE PRODUCTION FUELS MU
- MU's lone All-BIG EAST Preseason Team honoree Ryan McNamara propelled the Golden Eagles into the 2016 postseason by breaking the Marquette single-season and career goal scoring records while earning USILA All-America recognition. McNamara became the second MU player to reach 100 career points in last year's regular season finale and passed Conor Gately's career goal mark in the process. He also broke Tyler Melnyk's single season goal and point standards with 40 and 57, respectively. A few of his rankings in MU history:
- 85 career goals (first)
- 128 career points (second)
- 43 career assists (second)
- 339 shots (first)
- The Eagan, Minnesota native became the second player in MU history to be named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the top individual honor in collegiate lacrosse. McNamara joins former teammate Conor Gately as Tewaaraton Award Watch List honorees.
DEFENSE ADJUSTS TO NEW LEADERSHIP
- One of the main tasks for head coach Joe Amplo with the 2017 squad is maintaining a defense that has to replace three USILA All-Americans (Liam Byrnes, B.J. Grill and Jacob Richard) from Marquette's top defensive unit of a year ago. The Golden Eagles boasted one of the NCAA's stoutest defenses in 2016, surrendering just 8.13 goals per contest (eighth in NCAA Division I), but return just one starter at defenseman in senior Nick Eufrasio along with goalie Cole Blazer.
2016 Top Defensive Unit (^ - USILA All-American):
LSM - Tyler Gilligan
SSDM - Jacob Richard^
D - Liam Byrnes^, B.J. Grill^, Nicholas Eufrasio
G - Cole Blazer
2017 Top Defensive Unit (* - returning starter):
LSM - Noah Richard
SSDM - Griffin Connor
D - Jackson Ehlert, Nick Grill, Nicholas Eufrasio*
G - Cole Blazer*