March 29, 2013
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team clawed its way back following a slow start Friday at Multi-Sport Field, but the Golden Eagles' (2-4) comeback attempt fell short in a 17-12 loss at Georgetown.
The Hoyas (4-5) came out of the gates hot, tallying the first four goals of the game before allowing Ben Dvorak enough space to notch the Golden Eagles' first score nearly 12 minutes into the contest. Georgetown then extended their lead to 9-2 before Marquette eventual made its move.
Kyle Whitlow scored at the 2:19 mark of the second quarter to initiate a 6-0 run for the visitors to help pull MU to within one at 9-8 midway through the frame. Whitlow, Conor Gately and Tyler Melnyk scored twice during the stretch, while the Marquette defense held the Hoyas scoreless for a remarkable 18-minute span.
Jeff Fountain stopped the bleeding with Georgetown's lone goal of the third quarter at the 5:27 mark, but Melnyk scored his third straight MU goal a few minutes later to pull the Golden Eagles back to within one, 10-9, going into final stanza.
It was a penalty-ridden fourth quarter for both sides (seven of the game's nine penalties came in the fourth quarter with five of those flags thrown on Marquette). When the smoke cleared, the Hoyas had out-scored Marquette 7-3 in the final 14 minutes of action -- including the first four tallies of the fourth quarter and by a 3-1 margin in the last minute and a half.
Twelve goals was the second-highest tally in six games this season for the Golden Eagles' attack, which was without the services of the team's second-leading scoring heading into the contest, Bryan Badolato, who was out Friday with an injury. Attackman Brendan Smith earned his first collegiate start in Badolato's absence.
Melnyk finished with five points on four goals and an assist. Whitlow (three goals) and Gately (two goals, two assists) both added four points.
Meanwhile, the MU defense caused 20 turnovers led by defensemen B.J. Grill and Liam Byrnes, who chipped in three caused turnovers and five ground balls apiece.
Matt Barone played the final 36:38 minutes in goal for the Blue & Gold and made eight saves in his second appearance of the season and first since the regular-season opener at Ohio State.
Marquette, which had a 12-day layoff leading up to Saturday's game with the Hoyas, will play its second game in a matter of five days when the Golden Eagles travel to Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., to face the consensus No. 1 team in the nation, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, on Tuesday, April 2 (4 p.m. Central time).
There was a great Marquette crowd on hand as many of the MU faithful were already in the Washington, D.C. area to follow the Golden Eagles men's basketball team, which had defeated Miami in the NCAA Division Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal at the Verizon Center the previous evening.
To purchase tickets for Tuesday's game, call the Notre Dame ticket office at 574-631-7356 or visit UND.com. Fans are also encouraged to arrive early and plan ahead for parking.Â¬