Mercer vs. Marquette
March 12, 2013
The Game Story:

MACON, Ga. - The Mercer men's lacrosse team aims to extend a two-game winning streak on Tuesday as it welcomes Marquette to the Moye Lacrosse complex. Game time is scheduled for 2 p.m.


Mercer recently wrapped up a four-game road trip that saw the team finish 2-2 and have three games decided by a one-goal margin. Through five games, the Bears have already achieved a program-record win total and registered the school's first winning streak.


SCOUTING MARQUETTE


The Golden Eagles are 1-2 on the year after falling at Jacksonville 13-7 on March 9. The team has played all three matches on the road and won't host a game in Milwaukee until April 20.


Freshman attackman Conor Gately paces Marquette's offense with nine points on the year. In three games, he's racked up seven assists and ranks 11th in the country in assists per game (2.33). Bryan Badolato leads the team in scoring with seven goals on 16 shots, ranking the junior attackman 25th among Division I players in shot percentage (43.8%).


Freshman goalie JJ Sagl has started all three games in goal for the team and registered 38 saves in contrast with 37 goals allowed. He's also registered 11 of the team's 76 ground balls this year.


As a team, the Golden Eagles rank second in the country in man-up opportunities, scoring five goals on nine chances.


FAST FACTS


Mercer has played in three-straight games decided by a single goal. The Bears are 2-1 during that stretch after benefitting from game-winning goals scored by junior attackman Zack Ward and junior midfielder Eoin Collins.


Sophomore midfielder Justin Evans has won 59 of the 101 face-offs he's taken this year, ranking 14th in the country. He also ranks 14th nationally in ground balls per game (6.8), with 34 to his credit.


Marquette is in its first year of Division I competition after Athletic Director Steve Cottingham announced the university would sponsor both men's and women's lacrosse on December 16, 2010. The team's first Division I win over Air Force was also head coach Joe Amplo's first victory as a collegiate head coach.