Marquette unleashed a torrent on Marist on Saturday afternoon in Poughkeepsie, but goalie Dave Scarcello stood on his head while Joseph Radin poured in six goals and the Red Foxes came away with a 16-12 victory.
Marquette outshot Marist 47-33 for the duration of the afternoon. The Golden Eagles ripped off 15 of those shots in the fourth quarter against just six from Marist as MU attempted to wipe out a 12-8 Marist lead. The flurry would lead to the four goals that MU needed to tie things back up, but four of Marist's six tries found their way past goalie JJ Sagl as well.
Things seemed to get off on the right foot for Marquette as they took a 2-0 lead and carried that for the first nine minutes of the game. Then things turned. Marquette would ultimately end up on a goal drought of nearly eleven minutes while Marist popped in six unanswered goals. Five of those goals would come in a 2:07 span that bridged the intermission between quarters, and came on just six shots. Bryan Badolato finally broke the drought and Blaine Fleming got his second goal of the game to pull Marquette back within two goals, but Marist ripped off the next four to take a six goal advantage into halftime.
The Red Foxes were able to keep Marquette at bay from there. MU never scored more than two consecutive goals without a Marist answer, and the closest that things got from there was 12-10 on Badolato's fifth goal of the game with 7:28 left in the game. It would seem that Marquette's chances were pretty good from there, especially with the way they were shooting. But Marist buckled down and allowed Marquette just one shot in the next five-plus minutes and tacked on three goals of their own in the process to end any thoughts of a Marquette comeback.
Marquette got hat tricks from both Badolato (5G) and Tyler Melnyk (3G, 2A), while Marist only saw the double hattie from Radin. JD Recor had two goals and five assists to tie for the game high in points with Radin, who also had an assist.
Marquette falls to 1-3 on the season, while Marist evens their record at 2-2.
STAT WATCH: I'll admit this: when I first saw that Marquette was 13 for 31 on face offs, I wasn't thrilled. But upon further review, that's a success rate of 41.9%, only slightly lower than last year's 42.9%. Now, Marquette was lousy on face offs last year, so going under that mark is bad, but it was much better than my initial reaction expected it to be. In much better news, Marquette had just eight turnovers overall in the game to improve on their already outstanding season long average, and only three of those missteps weren't forced by Marist. With 31 offensive opportunities in the game for the Golden Eagles, that equates to a rate of just 9.68 unforced errors for every 100 possessions, well short of last year's 27.49 per 100.
Up Next: SPRING BREAK ROAD TRIP! Marquette starts off their break in Jacksonville to take on the Dolphins (0-4) next Saturday. They'll follow that up with a midweek trip to see #1 Duke (4-1) before ending the break against Detroit (2-2).