Marquette Clips High Point in Meeting of First-Year Programs
from press release
HIGH POINT, N.C. — Marquette used an all-around defensive effort and a prolific second-half attack to pull away from High Point 14-6 in a battle between two first-year NCAA Division I men's lacrosse programs Saturday at Vert Stadium.
Tyler Melnyk paced the Golden Eagles (3-6) with a game-high five points, including his second hat trick of the season, and Conor Gately registered an individual career-high with four goals. Kyle Whitlow also added four points on two goals and a pair of assists.
The Panthers (3-10) opened scoring in the second half on a tally by Mitchell Dupere less than two minutes into the third quarter that pulled them to within one at 5-4. Marquette, which never trailed in the game, then went on a 9-1 run over the next 20 minutes of action en route to the decisive victory.
Strong goalie play on each end kept the game scoreless until the 6:13 mark of the first quarter. Liam Byrnes won a groundball in the midfield, one of eight on the day, and raced ahead to find a wide-open Gately, who put the Golden Eagles on the board. MU made it 2-0 moments later on a goal by Connor Bernal and never looked back.
The Golden Eagles out-scored their hosts 5-2 in the third quarter, including three goals by Gately. Marquette recorded six unanswered goals with back-to-back tallies in the final 50 seconds of the third, doubling its lead to 10-5, then scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter to take a 14-5 advantage.
It was a busy day between the pipes for both teams' goalies, who faced a combined total of 82 shots. MU starter JJ Sagl made a career-high 16 saves and High Point's Austin Geisler made 11 stops.
With the victory, the Golden Eagles snap a four-game losing streak despite nine penalties on the afternoon; overall, MU spent seven minutes and 30 seconds playing a man-down.
Marquette returns to Milwaukee later tonight and will begin preparations for its 2013 home opener -- and the first home game in the history of MU men's lacrosse -- when the Golden Eagles host Detroit on Saturday, April 20 (8 p.m. Central time), at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis.