Marquette last hosted Duke on April 18, 2015 in front of 4,575 fans, the largest crowd to ever witness a lacrosse game in Wisconsin.
April 20, 2017
MILWAUKEE - In honor of the USILA/HEADstrong Foundation Cancer Awareness Month in April, Marquette will host Duke on Saturday, 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.
The Last Meeting
April 22, 2016
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.
Fans who do not wish to purchase uniforms or helmets are still encouraged to donate to the HEADstrong Foundation through the link on GoMarquette.com.
The Golden Eagles (6-5, 2-2 BIG EAST) are coming off a pair of road losses at then-No. 7/10 Notre Dame and Providence last week by a total of three goals. Marquette came back from a six-goal deficit to tie the game with the Irish before Sergio Perkovic's game winner with 25 seconds remaining on Tuesday. MU also fell 9-7 to the Friars on Saturday despite outshooting PC, 39-27.
Senior Joe Dunn scored four goals at Notre Dame, while classmate Ryan McNamara took over sole possession of first in Marquette history with 143 points by tallying three in the loss at Providence. Dunn and McNamara have each tallied 15 goals on the year to lead the Golden Eagles.
Duke (10-3, 3-1 ACC) is riding a three-game winning streak into the matchup after a 20-11 win over Virginia on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Devils are also winners of eight of their last nine contests following a 14-9 loss to then-No. 1 Denver on Feb. 18. The lone loss for Duke in that span came in overtime at Syracuse in the ACC opener on March 25.
Junior Justin Guterding has posted a team-best 68 points on the year with 37 goals and 31 assists, while senior Jack Bruckner has a team-high 39 goals to go along with 14 assists.
Duke holds a 4-0 edge in the all-time series with Marquette, including a 16-1 victory in Durham last season with both squads ranked in the top-15 nationally at the time of the contest. Bruckner and Guterding combined for seven goals, while MU's lone tally came from Kyran Clarke in the first quarter.
Following Saturday's game, Marquette will host No. 3 Denver for its BIG EAST Conference regular season finale on Saturday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. Central time. The game will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network and MU will honor its 11-player senior class with a pre-game ceremony at Valley Fields.
MARQUETTE CLINCHES SPOT IN FOURTH BIG EAST SEMIS
• The reigning BIG EAST tournament champions qualified for the league tournament semifinals for the fourth time in as many seasons following the results of Saturday, April 15. With its victories over St. John's and Georgetown and a tie-breaker advantage, MU has officially clinched its berth into the BIG EAST semis on Thursday, May 4 in Providence. The Golden Eagles could still earn anywhere from the No. 2 to No. 4 seeds based the result of their regular season finale against No. 3 Denver on April 30.
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 surpassed Gately's career points record of 140 at Providence on April 15, 2017 and is five goals from becoming the program's first 100-goal scorer. A few of his rankings in MU history:
95 career goals (first)
143 career points (second)
48 career assists (second)
379 shots (first)
• The Eagan, Minnesota native became the second player in MU history to be named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Award, the top individual honor in collegiate lacrosse. McNamara joins former teammate Conor Gately as Tewaaraton Award Watch List honorees. He also broke Tyler Melnyk's single season goal and point standards with 40 and 57, respectively.
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 eight 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 16 points (2017)).
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 19, the junior sits 14th in NCAA Division I with a save percentage of .550 and a goals against average of 8.06 (12th nationally). He 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.