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Marquette Lacrosse Off to Golden Start

The Marquette Golden Eagles men’s lacrosse team is off to the program’s best start in their 3 year history. Already 5-0, 2015 marks the first time the team has ever won their opening game, been above .500 and obviously the first time with any sort of undefeated record.

In 2014, Marquette lacrosse finished the season 5-8 and 6-10 in 2013, the program’s first season. Now in their third season of NCAA Division 1 action, Coach Joe Amplo has already led his team to the amount of wins they accumulated in the previous season and with that came marquee wins over Ohio State, Lehigh and Hofstra for the first time in school history along with victories over Detroit and Richmond too.

This marks the first time in school history that the Golden Eagles were able to beat the Buckeyes and in true Marquette fashion came back from a 9-5 deficit heading into the 4th quarter to hold Ohio State to zero points while they punched in 5 consecutive goals to win the game by 1.

The team was led by grad student Jordan Greenfeld with a hat trick, which is no surprise as Jordan is averaging 3 goals a game, scoring 15 total so far this season. Jimmy Danaher is the only keeper to spend time between the pipes for Wisconsin’s only D1 squad, accumulating 53 saves and posting a phenomenal 8.77 GAA through the first 5 games.

Each game Marquette has won in 2015 has been decided by only one goal, except for the 2/27 match up vs. Detroit in Louisville when they won by 6, The Golden Eagles are going to need to continue pushing hard through their next 3 games as they’re matched up with teams at, or below, .500 before getting put to the test against Big East rival Villanova.

I hope to see the Golden Eagles rally together from this big start and come out of the gates firing. They know they can win games, the team just needs to prove it in the first half because they can’t rely on 4th quarter comebacks to carry them to the post-season.

2015 Schedule

02/07/15 at Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. W, 10-9
02/14/15 at Hofstra Hempstead, N.Y. W, 11-10
02/22/15 at Richmond Richmond, Va. W, 11-10 (OT)
02/27/15 vs. Detroit (at Bellarmine) Louisville, Ky. W, 12-6
03/01/15 vs. Ohio State (at Bellarmine) Louisville, Ky. W, 10-9
03/06/15 at Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fla. 6:00 p.m. CT
03/08/15 at Mercer Macon, Ga. 2:00 p.m. CT
03/21/15 at Georgetown Washington, D.C. 11:00 a.m. CT
03/28/15 at Villanova Villanova, Pa. 12:00 p.m. CT
03/31/15 at Bellarmine Louisville, Ky. 2:00 p.m. CT
04/04/15 vs. St. John’s Milwaukee, Wis. 12:00 p.m. CT
04/07/15 at Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. 3:00 p.m. CT
04/11/15 at Providence Providence, R.I. 11:00 a.m. CT
04/18/15 vs. Duke Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT
04/25/15 vs. Denver Milwaukee, Wis. 1:00 p.m. CT

This month will prove to be the longest stretch for Marquette, not a single home game is can be found. This team does not get to play in Wisconsin until 4/4, earning their spot as the NCAA road warriors of 2015.

Following March, the Golden Eagles will be truly put through the ringer as the season winds down, playing Notre Dame, Duke and Denver all in the final month of action.

Take a look back at the full game against Ohio State to check out how this team rallied late to take down the Buckeyes in Louisville and to keep tabs on the growing Marquette lacrosse program.

Follow Marquette lacrosse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and of course check out the team website to keep up with the Golden Eagles through the rest of their 2015 campaign!