Less than 2 minutes into Wednesday night's clash against Butler, Charlie Lyon's shutout streak pushed past the 800 minute mark and started to approach the point of being one of the 10 best shutout streaks in NCAA history. But with about 90 seconds left before that moment, Jeff Adkins made an unmarked run into the 18 yard box and David Goldsmith made a slightly awkward feed into Adkins' path.
Adkins connected with speed and power, and the shot beat Lyon to the far corner. At the 6:19 mark of the match, Butler led 1-0 and the streak was over at 804:58. It's still the longest streak in program history by a wide margin, as is Lyon's record of eight consecutive shutouts.
Marquette was unable to get the match level to recover at least one point in the standings. Following Butler's goal, the Golden Eagles had the advantage on shots, 14-6, including a margin of 11-3 in the second half. A wide majority of those tries were solid attempts, as keeper Eric Dick made seven saves to keep the Bulldogs in front, six of which were in the second half. Three of those second half saves came in the final five minutes, when Butler, like any good team would and should, was attempting to get out of the match with their three points intact.
The loss has #7 Marquette tethered to a fifth place tie at four points in the league table after three matches. The good news is thus: the Golden Eagles have played one less match than eight of the other nine teams in the Big East. The bad news is that one of the four teams in front of MU is Providence, who has that make up date in Milwaukee coming next week Wednesday, and the Friars pulled a 2-0 stunner against Georgetown on Wednesday morning.
While the streak is dead, Lyon's charge on taking the MU career clean sheets record is still running. He remains tied with Jim Welch for the most shutouts in Marquette history at 28.
Up Next: Louis Bennett and crew return to Milwaukee for three matches at the Valley in eight days. First up is Villanova, the squad that MU is tied in fifth place with, on Saturday at 7pm. The Wildcats are 6-5-2 overall and 1-2-1 in Big East action after playing to a 1-1 draw with Seton Hall on Wednesday.