April 13, 2017
MILWAUKEE –The Marquette University men’s lacrosse team heads to Chapey Field at Anderson Stadium in Providence, Rhode Island for the first time on Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m. Central time to take on Providence.
The contest will be broadcast live on the BIG EAST Digital Network and be available through the FOX Sports Go application from the site of the 2017 BIG EAST tournament.
The Golden Eagles (6-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) suffered a tough 11-10 defeat at No. 7/10 Notre Dame in their last game on Tuesday afternoon. The Irish went ahead 8-2 after 16 minutes of play before MU rallied back to tie the game, 10-10, with 7:56 remaining on Joe Dunn’s fourth goal. Marquette could not fully complete the comeback as Sergio Perkovic’s sixth goal with a mere 25 seconds on the clock proved to be the difference. MU held advantages in shots (38-26), ground balls (35-30) and a huge 18-7 edge in face-off wins, but did not come out ahead when the final horn sounded.
The Last Meeting
April 16, 2016
In addition to Dunn’s career-high-tying goal total, sophomore John Wagner continued his hot play with a pair of goals to extend his scoring streak to seven games. Junior Zachary Melillo broke 70 percent for the second game in a row by going 18-of-25 at the face-off dot. He went just 5-of-18 (27.7 percent) against the Irish in 2016.
Senior All-American Ryan McNamara, Marquette’s all-time goal scoring leader (93), will surpass Conor Gately’s program points record (140) with his next goal or assist.
Providence (8-3, 2-0 BIG EAST) enters the meeting on a four-game winning streak following an 11-10 loss at then-No. 11 Hofstra on March 18. The Friars are receiving votes in both polls on the strength of their eight victories, but their lone game against a ranked opponent came in the meeting with the Pride.
Nick Hatzipetrakos and Brendan Kearns have each reached 20 goals for PC, which sits second nationally in scoring defense by allowing opponents to score just 7.09 goals per game. That defense is led by All-BIG EAST defenseman Jarrod Neumann and sophomore goalie Tate Boyce, who sits second in the country in both goals against average (6.64) and save percentage (.618).
Last year’s meeting between MU and PC resulted in a narrow 8-7 Marquette victory at Valley Fields, in which the Golden Eagles led 7-2 at halftime. The Golden Eagles, who are 3-0 all-time against the Friars, played that game without starting attackman Conor Gately who was injured in the previous game at Notre Dame.
If Denver defeats St. John’s on Saturday the winner of the Marquette-Providence matchup will secure a berth into the BIG EAST tournament semifinals, which will be held at Chapey Field on Thursday, May 4.
Following Saturday’s game, Marquette returns to Milwaukee for a two-game homestand to end the regular season. The Golden Eagles will first welcome Duke on Saturday, April 22 for the HEAD Coaches Classic, in support of the HEADstrong Foundation, before playing Denver on Saturday, April 30 in their annual Senior Day contest.
FACE-OFF UNIT RECEIVES BOOST FROM MELILLO
- Junior faceoff specialist Zachary Melillo was called last year’s team MVP by head coach Joe Amplo because of what his presence at the face-off X meant to the entire Marquette squad. The Warren, New Jersey native went on to set the MU career face-off win record in just his first season with 178 victories. That 56.2 percent clip ranked him 21st in the nation and helped him earn All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades.
- The 2016 All-BIG EAST Championship Team member has picked up the pace after a slow start to his junior year and has gone 19-of-25 (St. John’s) and 18-of-25 (Notre Dame) in his last two games. As of April 12, Melillo has risen to 14th nationally at a 59.3 percent clip and has won 71 percent over the last three contests.
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 seven 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 15 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).
DUNN HAS PAIR OF FOUR-GOAL GAMES SINCE START OF BIG EAST PLAY
- 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 and went on to all score four times on April 11 at No. 7/10 Notre Dame.
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 12, the junior sits eighth in NCAA Division I with a save percentage of .568 and a goals against average of 7.96 (11th 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 15-6 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 15-6 in one-goal games following 2017 wins over Georgetown and Air Force and losses at Villanova and Notre Dame. 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 15-6 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 is tied with Gately’s career points record of 140 and is seven goals from becoming the program’s first 100-goal scorer. A few of his rankings in MU history:
- 93 career goals (first)
- 140 career points (second)
- 47 career assists (second)
- 373 shots (first)