I quit trying to figure out what the hell Joe Amplo is doing with this Marquette lacrosse team.
For the third time this season, #16 Marquette rallied back from a four goal deficit in the second half to win a game by just one goal as they defeated Ohio State 10-9 on Sunday. It's the eighth one goal victory in Marquette's last nine wins, which defies logic almost more than the three rallies will dumbfound you.
The Golden Eagles overcame margins of 5-1 and 9-5 in the game, including that last mark at the start of the fourth quarter. MU had been shutout during the third quarter while OSU scored three times to apparently put themselves exactly right where Marquette wanted them. Senior Jordan Greenfield got MU back on the board with his third goal of the game just 50 seconds into the final frame, and Ryan McNamara slammed home his sixth of the season less than 40 seconds later. All of a sudden it was a 9-7 ball game, and anything was possible.
Kyran Clarke rifled home a feed from Conor Gately with 9:20 left to play, which was shortly after Ohio State burned their final timeout. You have to figure that they would have liked to get that one back, as the Buckeyes would get stonewalled by Jimmy Danaher for the final 15 minutes. Things slowed down after Clarke's goal, as Ohio State tried to hold on to their lead. Then, with 1:44 left, Greenfield found Kyle Whitlow who blasted a shot past OSU goalie Tom Carey to knot the game at nine each.
And then, finally, this.
Clarke's second of the game, both in the fourth quarter just 8:09 apart, gave Marquette their first lead of the game with just 11 seconds left. Yes. Marquette would win a game that they led for just 11 seconds. Why? Well, because of this save by Jimmy Danaher as time disappeared into the Kentucky afternoon.
You're going to want to watch that save again, but this time, focus on the Ohio State bench literally displaying the thrill of victory (well, okay, thrill of forcing overtime) and the agony of defeat in the span of two seconds. I still have no idea how Danaher tracked that behind the back pass to just a foot in front of him.
Greenfield finished with a game high five points on three goals and two assists, while Whitlow backed him up with two & one. Carter Brown had three goals to lead Ohio State, while Jesse King had four points on a goal and three assists. Danaher finished with a tremendous 12 saves, while Carey made just three in the loss. Marquette had to overcome going 4-23 on faceoffs to win this game, including a stretch where Ohio State won
Up Next: ROAD TRIP! The Golden Eagles have another two games coming up next weekend as they take on Jacksonville (1-1) on Friday, followed by Mercer (0-3) on Sunday.