Marquette men’s lacrosse couldn’t handle the pressure of a crucial conference game, suffering a 15-8 loss to the Providence Friars Saturday afternoon.
The Friars used their variety of offensive weapons in the first quarter, putting up five goals from five different players.
Marquette scored a few goals in the second and third quarters, but the Golden Eagles couldn’t keep up with Providence freshman Matt Grillo. The underclassman had a career-high five goals.
Providence senior Brendan Kearns had a hat trick. Sophomore Evan McGreen, junior Tim Hinrichs and junior Ryan Nawrocki each tallied two goals.
For the Golden Eagles, senior John Wagner put up two goals, including his 100th career goal. Junior Ryan Fazio also added two goals and an assist.
Providence senior goalkeeper Tate Boyce helped the Friars between the pipes with eight saves. Marquette sophomore John Hulsman had six saves.
Each team won 13 of 26 faceoffs.
Marquette (6-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) will play Duke University at a neutral site next Saturday at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time.