Men's Lacrosse Battles St. John's Sunday on ESPN3
April 3, 2014
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team travels back to New York this Sunday to take on RV/RV St. John's in a game featured on ESPN3 at noon Central time (1 p.m. ET) at DaSilva Memorial Stadium.
Sunday's matchup can be seen via live video stream on ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com). This is the second time the Golden Eagles have been featured on ESPN3 this season. Live stats will also be available through Gametracker.
For fans traveling to Queens, N.Y., tickets can be purchased through RedStormTickets.com.
Marquette (3-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) is playing its third game in nine days after it was defeated by Bellarmine 10-7 this past Tuesday. Redshirt senior Tyler Melnyk continued to prove why he is one of the nation's top attackman by tallying his 10th career hat trick in a game where goals were hard to come by for both squads.
Freshman goalie Jimmy Danaher continued his strong play in the cage by making a career-high 14 saves Tuesday while MU was outshot 42-35.
St. John's (6-4, 2-1 BIG EAST), who is receiving votes in both the coaches and media polls, is coming off its first BIG EAST defeat of the season Wednesday night when it fell 16-13 to Rutgers. After facing an early 5-1 deficit, the Red Storm rallied behind Tewaaraton Award watch list member Kieran McArdle who finished with six points.
Four Red Storm players finished with hat tricks in the loss. They come into Sunday's game ranked third among BIG EAST teams with 12.00 goals per game, one spot above Marquette.
After only committing nine turnovers against Bellarmine Tuesday, Marquette lowered its BIG EAST leading turnover margin to 11.70. St. John's causes 7.50 turnovers per game and the Red Storm defense will assuredly test the MU offense.
The Golden Eagles enter its third BIG EAST game of the season with the two top man-up goal scorers in the BIG EAST in Melnyk and redshirt sophomore Kyle Whitlow, who both average .50 man-up goals per game. As a team, MU has converted on 17 of 41 man-up opportunities in 2014.
St. John's has posted just a .538 penalty killing percentage this season, which ranks last in the BIG EAST. Further, the Red Storm commit 4.10 penalties per game, meaning extra man opportunities could be a deciding factor in Sunday's matchup.
After returning home from New York, the Golden Eagles have quick turnaround as they'll face No. 7/8 Notre Dame on Tuesday, April 8 at Uihlein Park. Faceoff against the Fighting Irish is scheduled for 4 p.m. CT.