No. 13/12 Marquette Looks to Rebound at Villanova
March 26, 2015
MILWAUKEE - Following its first defeat of 2015, the No. 13/12 Marquette University men's lacrosse team looks to rebound at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Villanova in a game broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Nick Mantegna and Rich Donovan on the call.
Live stats for the game at Villanova Stadium will be available courtesy of Villanova.com, while the BIG EAST Digital Network can be accessed through the FOX Sports GO app or online with a cable provider log-in.
The Golden Eagles (7-1) are coming off a 10-9 loss at Georgetown in their BIG EAST Conference opener, in which they trailed by six goals at the half and saw their rally fall short after tying the game 9-9 with 6:07 remaining. Attackmen Conor Gately and Jordan Greenfield each tallied four points in the loss, while Gately broke the Marquette program points record with the 90th of his career on an assist of Greenfield's third and final goal.
Villanova (5-3) has dropped its last two contests after climbing into the national rankings on the strength of a pair of early season victories over then-No. 17 Penn State and then-No. 20 Penn. The Wildcats have managed just six goals in their last two games, which includes an 11-2 loss to No. 8 Maryland and an 11-4 defeat at Fairfield on Saturday. They are led by ninth-year head coach Mike Corrado and have four players with at least 15 points on the season.
Junior midfielder Jack Curran leads the Wildcats with 22 points on 15 goals and seven assists, while freshman attackman Danny Seibel has a team-best 17 goals and is tied for the team lead with 49 shots.
The Golden Eagles and Wildcats met on two previous occasions in 2014, with VU emerging victorious in both games. Villanova won the March 22 contest 10-8 in Wisconsin and captured the rematch in the BIG EAST semifinal, 9-6, at Villanova Stadium. Fourteen different players scored the 15 goals recorded in the BIG EAST tournament game, in which MU was out-shot 42-26 and lost the ground ball battle 38-21. The Golden Eagles also won just five-of-19 face-offs in that contest.
MU will be without the services of Greenfield on Saturday as its leading scorer received a flagrant unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following the game at Georgetown and will serve a one-game suspension. Gately (15 goals) along with midfielders Kyle Whitlow (13 goals) and Ryan McNamara (12 goals) will look to pick up some of the scoring slack, as will Blaine Fleming and Kyran Clarke, each of whom has six goals on the year.
Following Saturday's game, MU will conclude its season-long 10 game road swing in Louisville, Kentucky, against Bellarmine on Tuesday, March 31, at 2 p.m. Central time.
HEAD Coaches Classic TO FEATURE MARQUETTE AND DUKE
Marquette's nationally televised April 18 match-up at Hart Park against perennial national title contender Duke will be played in support of the HEADstrong FoundationTM, whose mission is to improve quality of life for those affected by blood cancers and supporting those working to eliminate the diseases. Head coaches Joe Amplo and John Danowski recruited and coached HEADstrong founder, Nicholas Colleluori at Hofstra University, where they were directly involved with the Colleluori family during Nick's 14-month battle against cancer and continue to be active with the organization he created.
HF President and Nick's mother, Cheryl Colleluori, will be onsite to address the crowd prior to the game and will recognize the relentless efforts of both coaches. HEADstrong will also have an awareness station at the game and will be selling the latest in HF merchandise with proceeds supporting their mission. More information on the HEADstrong Foundation can be found at www.HEADstrong.org.
Both teams will wear the foundation's lime green chinstraps and shoe laces and the goals will be strung with nets of the same color. A $10 Marquette ticket special for the game includes a general admission ticket and special MU/HEADstrong t-shirt with $2 from every sale going to the foundation. The shirts can also be purchased at the game for $5 and the ticket special can be purchased at http://go.mu.edu/headstrong.
FIRST DEFEAT AT GEORGETOWN FEATURED SIGNATURE MU RALLY
Marquette's loss at Georgetown snapped a program-best seven game winning streak to begin the season but featured a furious second-half rally that the Golden Eagles have become known for in 2015. MU trailed by six goals (8-2) at the break and stormed out during the second half to tie the game, 9-9, on Blaine Fleming's goal with 6:07 remaining in regulation. After a two-man down situation resulted in a GU go-ahead goal with 3:45 to play, a potential game-tying shot from Fleming ricocheted low off the far pipe with 10 seconds remaining.
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 9-2 IN ONE-GOAL GAMES
Marquette's 10-9 loss at Georgetown on March 21 was the program's first one-goal defeat this season and the first since March 8, 2014 at Jacksonville. The Golden Eagles captured four one-goal victories in the first five games of 2015 and won eight straight one-goal contests until the loss to the Hoyas. In addition to being 9-2 all-time in games decided by one goal, MU is 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 2015 with 15 goals and eight assists (23 points). The native of Yorktown Heights, New York, is Marquette's all-time leader in assists (42) and points (90).
GRADUATE STUDENT GREENFIELD PACES NEW-LOOK ATTACK IN 2015
Through the first eight games of 2015, the Golden Eagles are led in scoring by graduate student Jordan Greenfield, who has posted 22 goals and 12 assists (34 points). The Dover, Massachusetts, native sits 21st in NCAA Division I with 4.25 points per contest and is 18th in goals per game (2.75). 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 continued its climb as its record remained unblemished with seven wins to begin the season, eventually reaching No. 9 in the media poll on Monday, March 16.
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 (139 total) in all but two of the 37 career games he has played for Marquette and is second on the squad with 33 through seven contests. He also leads MU with 12 caused turnovers.
The redshirt junior scored his third career goal in the Feb. 14 win at then-No. 17/19 Hofstra, on his native Long Island, and is currently tied for eighth 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.
In his only starting assignment of 2015 on defense versus Ohio State, 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 80 percent of their contests in program history on the road and are 15-16 all-time away from home.
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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.
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 54 career goals, which is five 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 (as of March 23).
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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