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#13 Marquette Men's Lacrosse Holds On To Defeat Jacksonville

That was more exciting than I think anyone in blue & gold would have liked to see.

Ryan McNamara, doing what he does: scoring in crucial moments.
Ryan McNamara, doing what he does: scoring in crucial moments.
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Backed by a program record 50 shots and a career high four goals from sophomore Ryan McNamara, Marquette men's lacrosse beat Jacksonville on Friday night, 12-10.  The win moves #13 Marquette to a program record 6-0 to start the season.

McNamara scored all four goals after halftime and he had three in the fourth quarter alone.  His first strike of the final frame broke an 8-8 tie to start the period, and he scored the next goal to give the Golden Eagles a two goal advantage.  McNamara scored his final goal of the game with just over three minutes remaining to end the scoring for the day and push the lead back to two goals after Quint Miller and Dakota Rohlin tallied goals for the Dolphins to make things interesting one more time.

It was a 3-0 lead for the Golden Eagles after the first 15 minutes, as Blaine Fleming scored twice and Kyran Clarke tacked on.  Jacksonville would outscore Marquette 5-3 in the second quarter, including the Moore brothers teaming up for a goal as time expired to cut the Marquette lead to just 6-5 at the break.  Goals from Conor Gately and McNamara would give MU some breathing space to start the third quarter, but Rohlin and Tom Moore combined for three goals and two assists over the final 5:09 of the third quarter to give the game that 8-all tie heading to the final frame.

Tom Moore's six points (3G, 3A) were tops on the night for any player, although McNamara's 4&1 was right behind him.  Jordan Greenfield broke into double digits in assists on the season with two helpers against JU, and he added two goals, as well.  Jacksonville goalie Bass Barfield made 16 saves to keep the Dolphins in the game, while Jimmy Danaher made five saves for the win.

Conor Gately Watch: The junior had two goals against Jacksonville, moving him to 85 career points.  He is now four short of tying Tyler Melnyk's program record of 89 points.

Up Next: Marquette's back in action on Sunday in Georgia.  They'll be playing Mercer (0-4) at 1pm Central.