Robbie Pisano will be one of 11 seniors honored in a pregame ceremony, slated to begin at roughly 3:15 p.m.
April 27, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team will face No. 2 Denver for the first time since its 2016 BIG EAST Championship victory on Saturday, April 29 at Valley Fields.
The game will be broadcast live at 3:30 p.m. Central time on CBS Sports Network with Ben Holden (play-by-play) and Steve Panarelli on the call as Marquette honors its 11-player senior class on Senior Day.
The Golden Eagles, who will also face Denver on Thursday, May 4 in the semifinals of the BIG EAST tournament in Providence, are 1-4 all-time against the Pioneers and have dropped all four regular season meetings.
Marquette enters the day at .500 overall at 6-6, with a mark of 2-2 in BIG EAST action. Senior attackman Joe Dunn leads the squad with 17 goals, while classmate Ryan McNamara, MU's all-time leader in goals and points, has a team-best 28 points in 2017.
The Last Meeting
May 7, 2016
The Golden Eagles are coming off an 11-7 loss to Duke in the HEAD Coaches Classic on April 22 at Valley Fields. MU held the lead midway through the third quarter on a Grant Preisler tally, but could not hold on for the victory. Goalie Cole Blazer collected 13 saves on the day and earned his fourth BIG EAST weekly honor of the year on Monday.
Denver is finishing its regular season campaign in Milwaukee for the second time in program history. The Pioneers arrive at Valley Fields on a five-game winning streak that started over a month ago with a victory against Towson. The Pioneers clinched its fourth consecutive BIG EAST regular season championship with their 12-2 win over Providence on Saturday.
Denver's offense is driven by freshman standout Ethan Walker and 2016 Tewaaraton Award finalist Connor Cannizzaro. Walker played a lights out game against the Friars and set a new DU single-game freshman record with eight points on three goals and five assists. The rookie tops the squad with 52 points, with Cannizzaro only one point behind.
In the 2016 regular season finale, the Pioneers claimed the BIG EAST regular season crown with a 14-11 victory in Denver. DU was sparked by a six-goal run in the third frame, while Tanner Thomson and Kyran Clarke both recorded their first career hat tricks for MU.
Following the weekend's activities, Marquette will head to Providence for the 2017 BIG EAST Championship as the fourth seed to face Denver.
MARQUETTE HONORS 2017 SENIORS AGAINST DENVER
- As the Golden Eagles honor their 2017 senior class (Clarke, Connor, Danaher, DeMichiei, Dunn, Eufrasio, Geller, Joseph, R. McNamara, Pisano, Preisler), a few facts and figures to consider:
- Record: 33-26 (.559)
- BIG EAST Record: 13-7 (.650)
- Four trips to the BIG EAST Conference semifinals
- 2016 BIG EAST tournament title
- 2016 NCAA Championship berth (No. 6 national seed)
- 14 BIG EAST All-Academic selections
- Program record holders in games played, games started, goals, points, shots, shots on goal, game-winning goals, wins, saves and minutes in net
- Percentage of points on 2017 team: 59.8 percent (101 of 169 total points)
- GP-GS: 404-190
- Goals: 223
- Assists: 118
- Points: 341
- Shots: 787
- Ground balls: 299
- Caused turnovers: 66
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 have earned the No. 4 seed and will face Denver in the semifinals.
REMEMBERING THE 2016 BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP
- Last year's victory over No. 1 Denver in the BIG EAST tournament title game featured a number of important milestones and firsts:
- First win over a No. 1 team
- First victory over Denver in five tries
- First BIG EAST Championship
- First NCAA Championship berth
- First BIG EAST title game appearance
- Win snapped Denver's NCAA-high 22 game home winning streak
- DU's first loss to a BIG EAST team since joining the league in 2014 (21-0)
- School-record 11th victory
- Liam Byrnes became the first MU player with 200 career ground balls and 100 caused turnovers
- Zachary Melillo won 52 percent at the faceoff X against All-American Trevor Baptiste. It marked only the second time in Baptiste's career that he did not win more draws over his opposition.
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 against the Hoyas, 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 also score four times on April 11 at No. 7/10 Notre Dame. Through 12 games in 2017, he leads Marquette with 17 goals as a senior.
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:
- 96 career goals (first)
- 144 career points (first)
- 48 career assists (second)
- 385 shots (first)
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 25, the junior sits 13th in NCAA Division I with a save percentage of .549 and a goals against average of 8.32 (13th nationally). He has earned four BIG EAST Conference weekly accolades 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.