Marquette Faces Off with Providence

MU is playing its first of three-straight BIG EAST games

April 11, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette men's lacrosse team returns to BIG EAST play at home this Saturday, April 12 when it takes on Providence at noon Central time at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis.

Student shuttles will begin leaving from the Union Sports Annex at 11 a.m. and admission is free for all MU students. The first 250 students will receive a free tank top, and free BBQ will be served for students in attendance after the game.

For non-MU students, tickets can be purchased at Hart Park or by calling 414-288-4668. For fans not able to attend Saturday's game, live stats will be available through Gametracker.

Marquette (4-8, 2-1 BIG EAST) resumes BIG EAST play after a non-conference loss to No. 10/9 Notre Dame this past Tuesday.

After MU scored the first goal of the game and held the Fighting Irish to just one first quarter goal, Notre Dame went on a 3-0 run to begin the second quarter.

Trailing at halftime, the Golden Eagles fought back with three third quarter points from freshman Ryan McNamara to make it a 7-6 game.

Notre Dame then went on 5-1 run to close the game and finished with a 12-7 victory.

Redshirt sophomore Kyle Whitlow tallied two goals on the afternoon.

Fellow redshirt sophomore B.J. Grill again had a strong defensive performance, holding Fighting Irish attackman Matt Kavanagh without a goal. Kavanagh accounts for about 25 percent of Notre Dame's offense.

The Golden Eagles shift back to BIG EAST play for the remainder of the season with two of their three remaining games at home. Currently, Marquette finds itself in second place in the conference standings at 2-1, a game behind Denver.

Providence (3-9, 0-3 BIG EAST) unleashed a late fourth-quarter rally last weekend at Georgetown that featured a 6-0 run in the final period. The Friars ultimately came up short, falling 10-8 to the Hoyas.

Friar attackman Andrew Barton lead the near-comeback with four goals in the fourth quarter. He leads Providence with 40 total points and scores 2.17 goals-per-game.

Providence's offense is also paced by Sean Wright, who has tallied 39 points in 2014. Wright ranks third among BIG EAST competitors with 1.5 assists-per-game.

As a unit, Providence's attack leads the BIG EAST in man-up scoring, converting on 18 of 40 (.450) extra man opportunities. MU leads the conference in fewest penalties committed per game with only 3.33 per contest.

Following Saturday's matchup, the Golden Eagles have a week off before welcoming Georgetown to Milwaukee for a pivotal BIG EAST tilt. Faceoff at Hart Park is scheduled for 2 p.m. CT next Saturday, April 19.




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