Feb. 9, 2018
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's lacrosse team plays its final scrimmage of the 2018 campaign against the University of Pennsylvania on Saturday in Philadelphia.
The Golden Eagles and Quakers will meet at Franklin Field for practice and one half of competition at 10 a.m. Central time before moving indoors to Dunning Cohen Champions Field for the second half of action.
"I think offensively (Penn) is going to be really good," Marquette head coach Joe Amplo said of the matchup this weekend. "They have a couple of superstars on their team who are tough to deal with, which is good - it will be a good challenge. This is their first time out because they didn't scrimmage this weekend and they started practice on (Feb. 1). They will be pumped up and we'll see how we match up. I think they are going to be a team that is going to surprise a lot of people this year."
Marquette is coming off a practice and scrimmage at Johns Hopkins last weekend after opening the spring at Cleveland State on Jan. 27.
In the scrimmage at Hopkins, the Golden Eagles and Blue Jays played evenly through the first half before Hopkins pulled away for a 9-6 win.
"I think our guys left there with a little bit of confidence and some disappointment," Amplo said. "Everyone who came on the trip played. We played the top of the depth chart in the first half and then we started to move our way down. Hopkins did the same thing, so it was a perfect scrimmage. What we perceived to be the top of our depth chart to theirs played pretty much to an even game. It was maybe a one or two goal game after that."
The Marquette coaching staff typically doesn't do an opponent scout with the team prior to scrimmages to see how the team handles the uncertainty of different situations.
"We don't tell our players about the other team during our scrimmages and we want to make it difficult on our guys," Amplo said. "I thought we played pretty well defensively. When we scrimmaged I was very encouraged and I thought in the game situation our guys did well. Brendon Connolly played the best I've seen him play. Jackson Ehlert did a really good job and I think our short sticks did better than they did last week. I am most proud of Jordan McKenzie, who played probably the best he has since before he got hurt. That was encouraging for be because he's just one of those guys who loves our program and we all love that kid and want to see him do well."
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