114 Weeks Later, Marquette Set for D-I Debut
It's been a long time coming for coach Joe Amplo and the Marquette men's lacrosse team, which on Saturday will open its inaugural season at Ohio State — more than two years after the university decided to add lacrosse as an NCAA Division I sport.
It's been exactly 797 days, according to Golden Eagles media relations rep Luke LeNoble, who sent us the link to this sweet 2013 Marquette Lacrosse video trailer on YouTube:
Already, you've got to give Marquette style points.
And you've got to give Amplo, a former Hofstra assistant, credit for building a program that looks like it can be competitive right away — despite opening on a six-game road trip, with just two true home games scheduled this season. Amplo shared his blueprint for Marquette as part of LaxMagazine.com's "30 in 30" series in October.
The Golden Eagles had 28 players on campus last spring, because Amplo wanted to develop a culture before the team started to play games that mattered.
"God it was tough to see that, in the cold days of February and March, and there was nothing to play for on Saturday," Amplo told Lacrosse Magazine in an interview for a November 2012 article on defenseman Jerry Nobile. "They're just so ready. They'll play the Bad News Bears. They'll play the 1927 Yankees. They'll just line up and play."
They'll play Ohio State on Saturday.
"I'm going to be bouncing off the walls to play Ohio State," Nobile said in that story. "I just want it to be here already."
We've already seen first-year High Point take down Towson. Could you imagine the mania if Marquette somehow managed an upset in Columbus? You can't help but root for these guys.