For the second week in a row, Marquette found themselves trailing their opponent 8-4 in the second half, and somehow, for the second week in a row, Marquette left the field with a win when it was over. This time it was Jordan Greenfield tallying his sixth goal of the game in overtime to give #17 Marquette an 11-10 win over Richmond. Greenfield's game winner allowed him to set a new program record for goals in a game.
This one started out better than last week's contest with Hofstra. Kyle Whitlow, the hero against the Pride, opened up the scoring just 66 seconds in, and after the end of the first 15 minutes, Marquette had a 3-2 lead. Greenfield's second of the game was Marquette's only goal of the second quarter, though, and when set against three goals from the Spiders, the Golden Eagles trailed 5-4 at the break.
Richmond's last goal of the first half turned into the first goal of a four goal run by the Spiders, including the fourth of the game from Dan Goldberg. Richmond kept Marquette out of Benny Pugh's net for the entirety of the third quarter to take an 8-4 lead with 15 minutes left.
The scoreless streak for the Golden Eagles would run out to over 20 minutes before Greenfield broke the run with an extra man opportunity goal with just under 12 minutes to play. Then, in less than a three minute span, Marquette would get goals from Greenfield, Andy DeMichiei, and Conor Gately, and all of a sudden, things were tied at eight goals each. Gately's goal was particularly great, as he made a leaping turn and hit the bottom far corner of the net to beat Pugh.
Greenfield would cost Marquette a goal when Jean-Luc Chetner cashed in on Greenfield's illegal body check penalty, but he would get back out on the field and get that goal back for the Golden Eagles with under a minute to play. Gately would wrap up his hat trick with just 16 seconds left in regulation to give MU their first lead since the second quarter, but Richmond would counter with seven seconds left after a faceoff violation by Marquette, and we headed to overtime. KC Kennedy made sure that Marquette got the ball first in the extra session, and Greenfield got Marquette their seventh straight one goal victory in the extra session.
Greenfield left Virginia after a record setting six point performance, while Gately added an assist to his three goals. Goldberg's five goals in the game topped the Spiders' stat sheet, while J.P. Forester had three points on a goal and two assists. Jimmy Danaher made 11 saves to get the win for the Golden Eagles, including five in the third to keep Marquette within four goals, while Pugh had 16 in the losing effort.
Up Next: For the first time this season, Marquette will play twice in one weekend. The upside is that they won't have to travel in between the games. They'll head down to Bellarmine University in Louisville for both games, but they won't actually play the Knights. Marquette gets Detroit (2-1) on Friday evening, followed by Ohio State (3-1) on Sunday afternoon. MU has beaten the Titans in each of their first two seasons, but has lost to the Buckeyes in each season.