Grant Preisler's second career goal at Villanova on Saturday was key in the Golden Eagles' victory.
March 29, 2015
The Last Meeting
April 1, 2014
Hart Park, Wauwatosa, Wis.
MILWAUKEE -- The No. 13/12 Marquette University men's lacrosse team makes its return to Louisville, Kentucky for its third game this season at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium against Bellarmine on Tuesday, March 31 at 2 p.m. Central time.
The contest concludes a season-long 10 game road swing to begin the 2015 campaign and features a live video stream, courtesy of the host Knights.
Marquette (8-1, 1-1 BIG EAST) is coming off its fifth one-goal victory of the season in its first win in program history at Villanova, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon. The game featured eight ties and three lead changes and was played without MU's leading scorer Jordan Greenfield. Redshirt junior midfielder Kyle Whitlow paced the Golden Eagles with a hat trick, while Conor Gately and Blaine Fleming each added a pair of goals, including Fleming's game-winner with 1:58 to play.
MU was outshot 42-26 in the contest, including a 27-14 margin in the second half, during which time MU was outgained 20-8 in ground balls and won just 1-of-9 faceoffs.
The Golden Eagles previously captured a pair of victories at Frazier Stadium in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic against Detroit and Ohio State on Feb. 28 and March 1, respectively. MU picked up a 12-10 win against the Titans and rebounded from a 9-5 deficit at the start of the fourth quarter for a 10-9 victory over the Buckeyes.
Bellarmine (2-5, 1-2 SoCon) fell at Mercer, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon and is just 1-2 since hosting Marquette in the Midwest Lacrosse Classic. The Knights are led in scoring by sophomore Austin Shanks, who has posted 17 goals and a pair of assists on the year, with a career-high six goals coming in BU's 13-10 victory at Robert Morris on Feb. 13. Shanks and Marquette long stick midfielder Tyler Gilligan are both Whitby, Ontario natives and played box lacrosse with the Whitby Warriors, leading the squad to a Minto Cup championship in 2013.
Marquette is 1-1 all-time against Bellarmine with a 10-7 loss at Hart Park on April 1, 2014 and a 9-8 overtime win in the Golden Eagles' first season of competition on April 23, 2013.
Whitlow notched a pair of assists for MU in last season's game, while Ryan McNamara potted two goals and Fleming scored on his only shot. Gately has found the net in 15 straight games dating back to last season and his last contest without a goal or point was in last year's meeting with Bellarmine. He is MU's second-leading scorer in 2015 with 17 goals and eight assists and is the program's career leader in points (92).
Then-freshman attackman Tucker Ciessau led the Knights in that meeting with four goals on 13 shots, but has posted just 10 goals through the first seven games of 2015.
Following Tuesday's game, the Golden Eagles will return to Milwaukee for their home opener on Saturday, March 4 against St. John's at noon Central time from Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The game will feature a live audio stream through GoMarquette.com with Patrick Reed on the call.
WHITLOW'S PRODUCTION PUSHES MARQUETTE
- Redshirt junior midfielder Kyle Whitlow's hat trick in MU's 9-8 win at Villanova is the latest example of the impact the Canadian has had in his four-year affiliation with the Marquette program. With leading scorer Jordan Greenfield sidelined against the Wildcats, Whitlow notched his third hat trick of the season to help the Golden Eagles to their first win ever against VU. The Orillia, Ontario native is second all-time and first among active MU players with 57 career goals, which is two shy of Tyler Melnyk's program record (59).
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 Foundation™, 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 10-2 IN ONE-GOAL GAMES
- The Golden Eagles' 9-8 victory at Villanova on March 28 was their fifth one-goal victory of the year and the 10th in their two-plus seasons of competition. The squad's 10-9 loss at Georgetown the week prior was the program's only 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 10-2 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 17 goals and eight assists (25 points). The native of Yorktown Heights, New York, is Marquette's all-time leader in assists (42) and points (92).
GRADUATE STUDENT GREENFIELD PACES NEW-LOOK ATTACK IN 2015
- Through the first nine 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), despite playing in eight of the nine contests. The Dover, Massachusetts, native sits 21st in NCAA Division I with 4.25 points per contest and is 21st 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 (140 total) in all but two of the 38 career games he has played for Marquette and is second on the squad with 34 through nine 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 16-16 all-time away from home.
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.
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.))
- Bobby Pelton (M, Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern)