Marquette Grinds Out 7-6 Win Over Providence

from press release

WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- The Marquette University men's lacrosse team (5-8, 3-1 BIG EAST) defeated Providence 7-6 amidst rainy conditions and multiple lighting delays at Hart Park Saturday afternoon.

A game that featured 57 minutes of weather delays and large shifts in momentum was defined by a three-goal run in the third quarter that led Marquette to its third BIG EAST victory.

A pre-game lighting delay didn't slow down the Golden Eagles' attack to begin Saturday's game. Instead Marquette jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead within the first six minutes of the contest.

Freshman Ryan McNamara scored the first goal after a quick dodge to the goal, while redshirt senior Bryan Badolato found the back of the cage twice in the early scoring outburst. Sophomore faceoff specialist Paul Riportellapowered the early run after he won two faceoffs that led to Badolato's goals, assisting on his second.

Following Marquette's early lead, play was delayed for a second time for severe weather.

After a 48 minute delay, momentum shifted to the side of the Friars who went on a 3-0 run of their own to close the half.

Providence (3-10, 0-4 BIG EAST) committed a penalty giving Marquette its first extra man opportunity of the game. The Friars were able to kill the penalty and convert on a transition goal bringing the game to 3-2.

Before the half ended, the Golden Eagles committed a one-minute, un-releasable penalty that allowed the Friars to tie the game at 3-3.

MU was held scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the half.

With weather conditions improving and the sun emerging, the Golden Eagles grabbed back the momentum in the third quarter.

The key run started when redshirt sophomore B.J. Grill caused a turnover allowing fellow redshirt sophomore Tyler Gillian to pick up the groundball. Gilligan passed it ahead to freshman Noah Josephwho took it from midfield and scored his second goal of the season to give Marquette the lead.

Less than a minute later, a Providence violation allowed sophomore Conor Gatelyto score a quick goal. Badolato would then complete the run with his third hat trick of the season.

Today's game marked Badolato's first multi-goal game since March 15 at Detroit where he tallied four.

Providence would fight back in the fourth quarter with a 3-0 run to cut the Friars' deficit to just 7-6 after Alex Corboy scored his second goal of the game.

However, freshman goalie Jimmy Danaherproved to be the deciding defensive factor. Danaher made a number of key saves, including a kick save in transition late in the game that protected the MU lead.

The Blauvelt, N.Y. native continued his strong BIG EAST play making a career-high 15 saves, one shy of the MU program record.

For the third consecutive game, Marquette's defense held the opponents top point leader under his per game average. This time, Andrew Barton who averaged 3.33 points-per-game coming into the matchup was only able to manage a single goal.

Today's game marked the Golden Eagles' second consecutive contest without the BIG EAST leading goal scorerTyler Melnyk who missed Saturday's game with injury. However, fellow redshirt senior Cullen Cassidyreturned from injury and took three faceoffs on the afternoon.

Five wins ties last year's inaugural season total. Further, Marquette has won three-straight BIG EAST contests.

MU returns to action next Saturday for its final home game of the season and senior day against Georgetown. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. Central time at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis.

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