April 10, 2017
The Last Meeting
April 13, 2016
Notre Dame, Ind.
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University men’s lacrosse team will face No. 10 Notre Dame on Tuesday, April 11 at 3 p.m. Central time in a non-conference matchup at Arlotta Stadium in the fifth meeting between the two programs.
The game will be broadcast live from Notre Dame, Indiana on the ACC Network Extra/ESPN3.
The Golden Eagles (6-3, 2-1 BIG EAST) are coming off a 17-9 victory over St. John’s on Saturday afternoon in which junior midfielder Tanner Thomson recorded a career-high six goals as MU tied a program record with 17 goals. Junior Zachary Melillo was a perfect 11-of-11 in the second half of the victory and topped a personal best with 19 faceoff wins on 25 attempts.
Thomson leads five double-digit goal scorers for Marquette with 12 on the year, while Tewaaraton Award nominee Ryan McNamara also has 12.
Notre Dame (5-3, 1-2 ACC) enters Tuesday’s contest on a two-game losing streak, a pair of league losses to then-No. 3 Syracuse, 11-10, and then-No. 10 Duke, 11-8, the last two Saturdays. Senior midfielder Sergio Perkovic became the seventh Irish player to reach 100 career goals in the loss with two goals, while leading scorer Ryder Garnsey and Mikey Wynne each had two as well. Garnsey leads Notre Dame with 17 goals this season and Wynne has 16.
The Irish came out victorious in overtime of last year’s meeting with Marquette at Arlotta Stadium on Matt Kavanagh’s fourth goal of the game just 30 seconds into overtime. The Golden Eagles trailed 5-2 at the half, but responded with the first three goals of the third quarter to knot the game at 5-5. MU went on to score the only two goals of the fourth quarter after ND rebuilt its lead, 7-5, and had a chance to take the lead with under two minutes remaining. Then-freshman John Wagner’s shot to put Marquette ahead with 1:47 left hit the side of the net and the Irish won in overtime.
Notre Dame has won all four of the previous meetings between the two programs, the last two of which have come in Indiana.
Following the game with the Irish, Marquette will face Providence on Saturday, April 15 in Rhode Island in an 11 a.m. Central time matchup.
THOMSON EMERGES AS A MAJOR THREAT IN THE MIDFIELD
- Junior Tanner Thomson doubled his goal scoring total for the season against St. John’s on April 8 with six goals, the second-most ever scored by a Marquette player in a single game. Thomson’s effort helped MU tie a program-record with 17 goals in the win over the Red Storm as he looks to replicate his torrid pace from the end of 2016 into this season.
- Thomson ended the 2016 campaign on an absolute tear, recording 12 of his 19 goals (and 14 of 21 points) over the final four contests, all against ranked opponents. That included a total of seven goals and an assist against then-No. 1 Denver (two games (3-0-3 and 4-1-5)), two goals and an assist against then No. 16 Villanova, and a hat trick in the NCAA tournament against eventual national champion North Carolina. The Toronto native was an All-BIG EAST Championship Team selection and had not scored in an MU uniform prior to his first collegiate start against Robert Morris on March 12, 2016.
MARQUETTE HOSTS DUKE FOR HEAD COACHES CLASSIC ON APRIL 22
- In honor of the USILA/HEADstrong Foundation Cancer Awareness Month in April, Marquette will host Duke on April 22 at Valley Fields for the HEAD Coaches Classic. The event, televised live at noon Central time on CBS Sports Network, will raise awareness and funds to support the HEADstrong Foundation, an organization that holds special meaning to the head coaches of both programs from their time together at Hofstra. Duke’s John Danowski and Marquette’s Joe Amplo recruited, coached and fought alongside HEADstrong founder Nick Collelouri during his 14-month battle against non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma before his untimely death in 2006 at just 21 years old. To honor Colleluori and his legacy, the goals will be strung with lime green nets and both teams will take the field wearing HEADstrong accessories. Marquette will unveil limited edition HEADstrong uniforms and helmets, which will be auctioned off through GoMarquette.com in support of the HEADstrong Foundation.
WAGNER PROVIDES MORE CONSISTENCY
- Midfielder John Wagner experienced an up-and-down freshman season in 2016, playing in all 16 games, but scoring in just two of them. The Canadian has been able to carve out a more prominent role on the first line as a sophomore and has been a key component in MU’s recent success by scoring in the last six games. The 6-foot-2 lefty posted a career-best four points on a pair of goals and two assists in MU’s narrow 7-6 win over Air Force on March 28 and has already doubled his point production from a year ago (6 points (2016) to 12 points (2017)).
MARQUETTE IN FOURTH BIG EAST SEASON
- 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 13-6 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 (twice) and Georgetown (once).
Joe Dunn HAS CAREER GAME IN 2017 BIG EAST OPENER
- Senior attackman Joe Dunn led MU to an 11-10 win in its BIG EAST Conference opener at Georgetown by registering a career-best four goals, including Marquette’s final two of the game. He also secured a ground ball on the game’s final face-off with around 90 seconds remaining to gain MU possession in its attempt to run out the clock. Dunn entered the game with three goals on the season and with his final tally on Saturday, tied a career-best with his seventh marker of 2017. He was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Monday, March 27 for the first time in his career.
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 April 10, the junior sits 35th in NCAA Division I with 10.22 saves per game and held a save percentage of .586 (sixth nationally) with a goals against average of 7.61 (eighth nationally). He has earned three BIG EAST Conference weekly accolades over MU’s first five 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.
MARQUETTE 15-5 IN ONE-GOAL GAMES
- The ability to perform in tense late game circumstances has been a hallmark of the Marquette program under head coach Joe Amplo, evidenced by an all-time record of 15-5 in one-goal games following consecutive 2017 wins over Georgetown and Air Force and an overtime loss at Villanova. The Golden Eagles captured four one-goal victories in the first five games of 2015 and won eight straight one-goal contests until a loss at Georgetown on March 21, 2015. In addition to being 15-5 all-time in games decided by one goal, MU is 4-2 all-time in overtime games as a program. The Golden Eagles’ last one-goal win in 2016 came over No. 1 Denver, 10-9, to claim their first BIG EAST tournament championship. They also lost by the same score to North Carolina in the 2016 NCAA First Round.
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 sits three points shy of Gately’s career points record of 140 and is eight goals from becoming the program’s first 100-goal scorer. A few of his rankings in MU history:
- 92 career goals (first)
- 137 career points (second)
- 45 career assists (second)
- 369 shots (first)