March 11, 2013
MACON, Ga. -- Marquette looks to rebound at Mercer Tuesday following a 13-7 loss at Jacksonville over the weekend. Saturday's game against the Dolphins opened up a season-long three-game road trip for the Golden Eagles, who begin the 2013 campaign with nine contests away from home.
Mercer is coming off a pair of one-goal victories, including a 12-11 win at Wagner (March 9) and a 10-9 triumph at Saint Joseph's (March 6), where the Golden Eagles are headed this Saturday.
Live stats for Tuesday's game will be courtesy of MercerBears.com, and fans can follow the action on Twitter (Twitter.com/MarquetteMLax). Live video streaming will not be available.
The Bears, who enter Tuesday's game versus Marquette with a 1-0 record at home, will be hosting their first game at Bear Field in over a month; Mercer defeated Rollins 13-3 in its season opener back on Feb. 9.
This is the Bears' first season under the direction of veteran head coach Kyle Hannan. Mercer's offense is led by Chris Baxa (17 points, 13 goals, 4 assists) and Zack Ward's 11 goals. Faceoff specialist Justin Evans has won more than half (59-101) of his faceoffs through the team's first five games. Starting goalie Mike Nugent comes into Tuesday's game with a team-high 20 ground balls and has three caused turnovers. He's faced 176 shots and boasts a 9.27 goals against average
Marquette surrendered the first five goals and had a season-high 19 turnovers in a 13-7 loss at Jacksonville on Saturday. Conor Gately, who finished with a team-best five points, tallied his lone goal near the end of the first half to pull the Golden Eagles to within 7-4 as MU out-scored the Dolphins 4-3 in the second quarter. Jacksonville extended its lead to 13-6 late in fourth quarter, but Tyler Melnyk tacked on another MU goal by scoring from the left wing as time expired.
Gately paces the MU attack with nine points on two goals and a team-high seven assists through the team's first three games. Goalie JJ Sagl has made 38 saves, including a combined 16 stops in first-quarter action.