Tuesday's opponent for men's lacrosse was ranked in the top 20 in the country just two weeks ago after a double overtime loss to the currently top ranked Denver Pioneers. But Bellarmine had followed that up with losses to Hobart and Virginia, so they had taken a tumble and were looking for a chance to right the ship in their final home game of the year.
Unfortunately for the Knights, Marquette came into the matinee game with a full head of steam coming off a win in their first home game in program history that gave them the first winning streak in program history. The game was nip and tuck the whole way with the largest margin coming at halftime when MU led 6-3. It wasn't surprising when this one was locked at 8 after 60 minutes and headed to four minutes of sudden victory overtime.
Things didn't get off to the right start for Marquette in OT as Bellarmine won the faceoff. But the Golden Eagles were able to get a clear and then BU went offsides. MU got 30 seconds of extra man time, but couldn't get a shot off until just after the penalty expired. Bellarmine's Dylan Ward made the save on that one, but couldn't control the ball, allowing MU to maintain possession and allowing freshman Conor Gately to weave past two defenders and find the nylon with 2:06 remaining in overtime to give Marquette the 9-8 win and a three game winning streak.
The tally was Gately's second of the game. MU got two goals each from Henry Nelson and Tyler Melnyk on the day, and Melynk added two assists to continue his team leading points rampage. J.J. Sagl made eight saves to pick up the W in net, while faceoff specialist K.C. Kennedy won seven of his 14 tries at the X and had a team best six ground balls.
Up Next: One more road trip left on the schedule, this time a Saturday excursion to play St. John's (8-4).