Seen here: Men's lacrosse captain Andrew Smistad's mullet in exhibition action against Concordia. - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com
It's a historic weekend for Marquette lacrosse, as the men's program plays their first ever match while the women's program plays the first home Division 1 lacrosse game in Marquette history.
All due respect to the women's team, but they're not the ones starting their season this weekend, so we'll start with the men's team. They'll be in Columbus tomorrow taking on the nationally ranked Ohio State Buckeyes starting at noon Central time. You can keep track of live stats here, pay for live video here, or follow @MarquetteMLax on Twitter for in game updates.
Marquette split their preseason games, falling to Michigan and Hofstra while picking up wins over Penn and D3 Denison. Ohio State, on the other hand, has already played two regular season games with wins over future Marquette opponents Detroit and Jacksonville.
Buckeye captain and attacker Logan Schuss was named Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player Of The Week for his efforts in those two games. Schuss had 13 points on nine goals and four assists, including four goals and two assists just in the second half of the game against Detroit. Schuss was the only Buckeye named to the ECAC preseason all conference team, but he made up for that by also being named preseason Offensive Player Of The Year. Schuss is clearly the focal point of the offense, as only one other Buckeye has even taken 10 shots. Junior Greg Dutton has played every minute in goal for OSU, accruing a goals against average of 7.00 and stopping 56% of the shots he sees.
We'll leave you with two videos here, first a slick trailer for the men's team, and the second with head coach Joe Amplo, freshman attacker Kyle Whitlow, and junior defender Matt Melnyk talking about the start of their season.
At the same time that the men are kicking things off in Columbus, the women's team will be down at Valley Fields starting their seven game home schedule against Duquesne. The game will be on the east end field, as opposed to the soccer pitch on the west end. The first 300 fans in attendance will get a retro-styled Marquette lacrosse knit cap. If you're out of town, you can keep track of what's going on with live stats here or by following @MarquetteWLax on Twitter.
The Golden Eagles picked up their first win last weekend in sudden victory overtime against Coastal Carolina. Kenzie Brown and Claire Costanza are tied for the team lead in points with eight each. Brown is the goal scorer of the two, with six, while Costanza has picked up her points with assists, leading the team with five. Sarah Priem occupied the net for both of Marquette's first two contests, making 13 saves on 59 shots faced.
The Dukes won their first game of the year last weekend, defeating St. Francis 20-6. Sophomore Amanda Kidder led Duquesne with five goals, while sophomore Morgan Matz had a team high seven points on two goals and five assists. Duquesne was picked to finish third out of the eight schools that participate in women's lacrosse in the Atlantic 10 in the league preseason poll.
We'll wrap this up with video from head coach Meredith Black talking about the game against Duquesne and looking back to the games against Winthrop and Coastal Carolina.