And it was the last 15 minutes.
Marquette men’s lacrosse took their second crack of the season at Denver on Saturday. The end result — a loss — was the same as the first go-round, but the pathway was a lot different. Earlier this season, the Golden Eagles woke up from a rough start to fight the Pioneers tooth and nail the rest of the way in a 10-9 loss.
As we talked about in the preview for this game, that game may have woken up Denver. The #5 ranked Pioneers came in wide awake against the Golden Eagles and took a 4-1 lead after 15 minutes. Marquette had some fight in them, though, and it was 6-4 at the half and even a goose egg from the Golden Eagles only had them down four, 8-4, at the start of the fourth quarter.
And then the wheels just completely came off for Marquette.
Your final from Peter Barton Stadium in Colorado: #5 Denver 16, Marquette 6.
Ethan Walker’s goal with 40 seconds left in the second quarter turned out to be the first goal in a 7-0 run by the Pios that included the first four goals of the fourth quarter. 12-4 Denver with 9:42 to go. That’s your ballgame, and even two goals from Peter Henkhaus in the fourth quarter didn’t help all that much. Denver, maybe remembering Marquette fighting til the end in Milwaukee, threw in eight goals in the fourth quarter, including three in the final three minutes of the game.
It was, uh, not great.
The first 30 minutes, not bad, maybe if you want, you could even say the first 45 minutes was okay. The last 15 minutes were not good on any level, as eight of Denver’s 12 shots in the quarter went past Sean Richard and then Gabe Stein on the final two.
Marquette is now 1-6 on the year and 0-5 in Big East play. This season is not going well.
Up Next: ah, crap, it’s Georgetown. As of last week’s Inside Lacrosse media poll, the Hoyas were ranked #10 in the country. They’re 7-1 on the season with only a road loss to Denver marring their record, and they’re coming off a 20-7 shelling of St. John’s on Saturday afternoon.