March 31, 2015
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The No. 13/12 Marquette University men's lacrosse team dropped its first non-conference game of the season on Tuesday afternoon to Bellarmine, 9-3, at Owsley B. Frazier in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Golden Eagles (8-2) managed a season-low three goals with Kyle Whitlow, Jordan Greenfield and Conor Gately finding the scoresheet.
"Our offense did not show up today," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said. "We need guys to produce and they didn't produce. We scored three goals and just one goal in the first half. That's it right there. Faceoff stats contributed to that but we had ample opportunities to keep us in the game and separate from them early and also in the third quarter."
Bellarmine (3-5) was led by three goals and three assists from Austin Shanks, who has found the back of the net in each of the first 20 games of his collegiate career. Six other Knights scored and BU closed the game with all five fourth quarter tallies.
Marquette managed to pull within one, 4-3, with 2:02 remaining in the third quarter after Gately beat BU goalie Drew Goethals low, but the Golden Eagles were not able to score in the final stanza.
Connor Harryman went 12-for-16 on faceoffs for the Knights and scored his first collegiate goal off a draw to give BU a 6-3 edge with 13:28 to play. Both teams went scoreless for the next 10 minutes and the Golden Eagles called a timeout with 5:07 remaining. Marquette put back-up goalie Matt Barone in looking to force a BU turnover and succeeded, but was unable to capitalize.
The Knights added three more goals for the final 9-3 margin.
Following a Whitlow goal to open the scoring with 2:45 to play in the opening quarter, Bellarmine controlled play for the rest of the half, winning the final six faceoffs and scoring four-straight goals.
Shanks posted points on the Knight's first three goals with a goal and a pair of assists and BU added the final score of the first half after a rebound was nearly picked up by Marquette's Liam Byrnes. Byrnes just missed the ball about 15 yards in front of the crease, which was scooped up by Brogan Hill, who crashed towards the cage for his only goal of the afternoon.
Greenfield now has 23 goals this season, tying Whitlow (2014) and Tyler Melnyk (2013) for the second-most in a single season in MU's three-year history.
"We need to cut this one loose and focus on the opportunity which right now is just the BIG EAST, that's it," Amplo said. "We've had a great run to this point and our main focus is, and has always been, to win the BIG EAST."
The Golden Eagles return to Milwaukee for their home opener on Saturday, March 4 against St. John's at noon Central time from Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. The game will feature a live audio stream through GoMarquette.com with Patrick Reed on the call.