February 23, 2013

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Marquette Drops Program Opener to Ohio State

from press release

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Exactly 800 days after Marquette University announced it was adding NCAA Division I lacrosse, the Golden Eagles men's team competed in its first-ever regular season game, falling 18-8 Saturday to nationally ranked Ohio State at a sold-out Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

"They played with a passion that the university is going to be proud of," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said of his team following the game. "I couldn't be more happy of their commitment to the team, commitment to each other, and that was evident from the first whistle until the end of the game."

Ohio State (3-0), ranked as high as No. 17 nationally entering the contest, raced out to a three-goal lead after testing Marquette's JJ Sagl early into the contest, despite some impressive stops early on by the MU goalie.

Marquette (0-1) eventually got on the scoreboard with a pair of goals in final minute and a half of the first quarter. Bryan Badolato was credited with the first goal in program history, unassisted, and Conor Gately fed Kyle Whitlow for the Golden Eagles' second score with 43 seconds left in the opening quarter to pull within 3-2.

But that was as close as MU would get as the Buckeye's tacked on seven goals in the second period to widen the margin to 10-5 at halftime with Conor Bernal, Tyler Melnyk and Badolato each adding to the Blue & Gold's goal total.

Marquette had a goal waived off with just over four minutes remaining in the first half that would have made it 7-5 in favor of Ohio State due to a two-minute cross-checking penalty on Brendan Smith before the shot. The Buckeyes capitalized by scoring three times during the extra-man opportunity.

Marquette was assessed five penalties throughout, which helped allow Ohio State go a perfect 4-for-4 in extra-man opportunities (MU was 1-of-3).

"It's a couple of plays here and there, where a lot of it is maybe youth, but we're going to get older by making these mistakes," said Amplo. "We have to learn from every single mistake that we made, and I think that that's what's going to help us. We have time this week to get back to work before the next game."

Ohio State went on to out-score the Golden Eagles 8-3 in the second half, including a stretch of six unanswered goals. Bernal scored MU's only tally of the third quarter, and Melnyk and Henry Nelson notched the last two goals of the game as Marquette's defense held the hosts scoreless for nearly 10 minutes to finish the game.

It was close but the Buckeyes also won the battle on faceoffs (16-14) and groundballs (31-28). On a positive note, the Golden Eagles held reigning ECAC Player of the Week Logan Schuss to just one goal on six shots.

Marquette returns to action next Saturday, March 2, to face Air Force.


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