When: Saturday, March 15, at 11am Central
Where: Titan Field in Detroit, MI
Audio/Visual: From the women's game against UDM, I was led to believe there would be live video. This is not the case, so enjoy some live stats instead.
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One of the things we looked for at the start of the season was who would jump to the top of the score sheet for the Golden Eagles. After six games of the season, the answer to that question is "no one." It's not that Marquette's offense has struggled, that's far from the truth. But here's Marquette's top four scorers: Tyler Melnyk, Kyle Whitlow, Bryan Badolato, and Conor Gately, pretty much the exact four you would have expected to see at the start of the season. In fifth place is freshman Ryan McNamara, but there's a reason I cut the list off at the top four. McNamara has started five of Marquette's six games, but he only has four goals and an assist to show for his time. Marquette has a solid top group of scorers, especially in Melnyk (15 goals, 7 assists), but if the Golden Eagles want to start putting some crooked numbers in the win column, they're going to have to get goals from elsewhere in the lineup.
Marquette picked up a win in their first ever home game against Detroit last year. The Golden Eagles won 14-9 in front of over 1,100 people out at Hart Park, and it was a 4-0 run in the third quarter that gave MU some breathing space and another 4-0 spurt in the fourth quarter that iced the game. Marquette was led on the night by four goals and two assists from Melnyk and a hat trick from Whitlow.
Detroit comes in to the game with a 3-3 record on the season after a last second win over Wagner in their last contest. Mike Birney, who led the Titans in goals against Marquette last season, ripped home a shorthanded goal as time expired. Senior Alex Maini, the gent who put the Titans down a man late against Wagner, leads the team in points with 23 on 10 goals and 13 assists. Redshirt junior Shayne Adams has the team lead in goals with 14, and six different Titans have at least 10 ground balls on the season, led by 19 from sophomore midfielder Damien Hicks. Detroit has used three different goalies this season, with all three starting and finishing the games that they played. Freshman Jason Weber has manned the net for the last three games, so I expect he'll get the nod against Marquette. Weber has piled up a sparkling goals-against average of 8.67 and he's stopping more than 62% of shots on net.