The Time Has Arrived: Marquette To Host Detroit Saturday at Hart Park

Brendan Smith (left) and the Golden Eagles host Detroit at Hart Park on Saturday, April 20. Faceoff is slated for 7 p.m. Central time.

April 19, 2013

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MILWAUKEE -- Marquette prepares to host Detroit this Saturday, April 20, in the highly anticipated first-ever home game for the Golden Eagles men's lacrosse team. Faceoff against the Titans is scheduled for 7 p.m. Central time.

Live stats will be provided by, courtesy of Gametracker. Live streaming video will not be available. Tickets can be purchased by calling the MU Ticket Office at 414-288-4668 or online at Tickets can also be purchased at Hart Park beginning one hour before game time.

Admission to the Golden Eagles' home games is set at $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 12-and-under and free to all Marquette students with a valid MUID.

Saturday's contest marks the first-ever matchup between the two Jesuit schools and features a slew of promotional events, highlighted by the MU Fanatics "Thank You" Picnic, Marquette Lacrosse Bandana giveaway, Camper Reunion and High School Team Night.

Marquette, which opened the season with nine consecutive games on the road, is coming off a decisive 14-6 win at High Point last Saturday, snapping a four-game losing streak. Redshirt junior Tyler Melnyk tallied a game-high five points in the win on three goals and two assists, while Freshman Conor Gately paced all goal scorers with four. Goalie JJ Sagl was solid between the pipes, notching a career-high 16 saves.

The Detroit Titans come in to play with a 2-8 record (2-3 MAAC). After starting the 2013 campaign 0-6, the Titans have split their last four matchups, posting victories against Virginia Military Institute and Manhattan. Detroit's previously scheduled game on Wed., April 17, at Michigan was cancelled due to lightning.

Junior attack Alex Maini leads Detroit in all three major offensive categories with 17 goals, nine assists and 26 points. Sophomore midfielder Mike Birney also has 17 goals on the year, along with seven assists, and a total of 24 points. Senior Jordan Houtby leads the team in total ground balls with 45. Redshirt-freshman Damien Hicks is the team's primary face-off specialist, and has converted at a .525 clip this season. Senior goalie is allowing 10.19 goals per contest with 89 saves and a .524 save percentage. Detroit is in its fifth year of college lacrosse.

Looking ahead, MU will have a quick turnaround in which to prepare for its next game. The Golden Eagles depart Milwaukee on Monday morning for Tuesday's matinee (2 p.m. Central time) at Bellarmine in Louisville, Ky.




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