Marquette Battles Georgetown at Hart Park Saturday

Team captain Andrew Smistad will be one of nine Marquette seniors honored Saturday

April 18, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse plays its final home game of 2014 Saturday and will honor its first senior class in program history when it takes on Georgetown at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis., at 2 p.m. Central time.

Saturday's pivotal BIG EAST Conference matchup is the second game of a doubleheader with the Golden Eagles women's lacrosse team taking on Georgetown at 11 a.m.

Admission is free for all Marquette students in attendance. There will be shuttles running to the men's game, departing from the Union Sports Annex beginning at 1 p.m. For non-MU students, tickets can be purchased at Hart Park, online at or by calling 414-288-4668.

Saturday is also "Military Appreciation Day." Tickets purchased online are available at a discounted rate of $2 with half of the proceeds going directly to the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets purchased at the gate will be $5 for adults or $3 for youth ages 12 and under.

There will be an Easter egg hunt in between the men's and women's games for kids and stress balls will be given to the first 150 fans in attendance.

At 3-1 in the BIG EAST standings, Marquette finds itself a win away from qualifying for the BIG EAST Tournament in its first year in the league. The Golden Eagles enter the weekend tied for second place with Villanova.

Saturday marks a must-win game for the Hoyas, who find themselves at 1-3 in the league standings, but still alive for a postseason berth.

Only the top four teams in the conference qualify for the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championship, May 1-3, in Philadelphia.

Marquette (5-8, 3-1 BIG EAST) won its third consecutive BIG EAST tilt this past Saturday with a 7-6 win over Providence. Following a lighting delay, the Golden Eagles' attack got out to a hot start taking a quick 3-0 lead over the Friars after redshirt senior Bryan Badolato scored his second goal of the game.

After Providence tied the game at 3-3 going into halftime, momentum swung back the way of Marquette. After freshman Noah Joseph scored just minutes into the third quarter, Badolato was able tally is third hat trick of the season, and sophomore Conor Gately notched what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Badolato was named to the weekly BIG EAST Honor Roll after being the leading point scorer for the Golden Eagles Saturday.

According to head coach Joe Amplo, the game was won in between the pipes for the Golden Eagles. Freshman goalie Jimmy Danaher put forth his best performance of the year, making 15 saves. He also held the Friars scoreless for stretches of 10 and 11 minutes in the first and third quarters respectively.

For his efforts, Danaher was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week. This marks the second consecutive week this award has gone to an MU defender.

In conference play, Danaher ranks second in save percentage (.562), second in goals against average (9.54), and third in saves per game (11.50).

Saturday's game marks the 2014 home finale for MU. Next weekend, the Golden Eagles will travel to No. 3/3 Denver for the final game of the regular season.




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