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Marquette Drops Road Trip Opener To Jacksonville

Marquette (1-2) kicked off a three-game road trip on Saturday with a tough 13-7 loss at  Jacksonville (2-2). The Golden Eagles gave up first five goals before they scored a goal to get on the board. Jacksonville’s defense was tough, and Marquette did not get a shot until nearly 10 minutes into the game.20130309_130120

Bryan Badolato finally got the Golden Eagles into the scoring column, and Marquette went on to out-score Jacksonville 4-3 in the second period, including another goal from Badolato, which pulled Marquette to 7-4 at half time.

Jacksonville scored two goals to start off the third, and the game began to look out of hand, although Marquette did score two man-up goals in the fourth quarter. Tyler Melnyk ended the scoring for both teams, which made it 13-7 for a final. Cameron Mann had two goals and a helper for the Dolphins, as did Dakota Rohlin. Pete DeLuca made 10 saves for the win.20130309_132354

Jacksonville led the game in groundballs (31-26), shots (42-31), and faceoffs (13-of-23), and they forced a lot of turnovers.

Marquette takes on Mercer on Tuesday as it continues its Southern road trip, while Jacknsonville gets back to action on the same day, taking on Robert Morris on March 12th at home.

Photo Credit: Luke Noble – Marquette Athletics