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Previewing Marquette’s 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule

The Golden Eagles have nearly the same exact schedule as they did in 2019, with one exception.

Maggie Bean, Marquette Athletics

The Marquette Golden Eagles are the 5th team in our 2020 men’s college lacrosse schedule preview series and the second team from the Big East. The Golden Eagles finished 6-8 overall in 2019 and 2-3 in Big East play. Marquette has a new head coach in Andrew Stimmel, who comes over from Yale after helping the Bulldogs reach the NCAA Championship game the last two seasons, including winning it in 2018. He replaces Joe Amplo, who departed to become Navy’s head coach.

Here’s their entire 2020 schedule:

Marquette’s 2020 Schedule

Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
Date Road Team Home Team Special Notes
1/18 Marquette Ohio State Scrimmage
1/25 Marquette Johns Hopkins Scrimmage
2/1 Marquette Cleveland State
2/8 Bellarmine Marquette
2/15 Jacksonville Marquette
2/22 Marquette Detroit Mercy
2/29 Marquette Drexel First ever meeting
3/7 Robert Morris Marquette
3/14 Marquette Michigan
3/21 Georgetown Marquette Big East
3/28 Villanova Marquette Big East
4/4 Marquette St. John's Big East
4/7 Notre Dame Marquette
4/11 Providence Marquette Big East
4/18 Marquette Duke
4/24 Marquette Denver Big East

Who’s In?

Who’s Out?

Marquette’s Opponent’s 2019 Average Win Percentage & RPI

Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
Avg. overall win pct. Avg. nonconference win pct. Avg. conference win pct. Avg. overall RPI Avg. nonconference RPI Avg. conference RPI
.505 .491 .529 31.93 33 30

Circle These Dates

  • 2/1 at Cleveland State: Both programs face each other to start the regular season with new head coaches. Cleveland State sees Andy German take over as their second head coach in program history. Last year in Wisconsin, the Vikings edged a short-handed Golden Eagles squad by a pair of goals due to a violation of team rules. Cleveland State’s first ever class are now seniors.
  • 2/29 at Drexel: Ohio State is off Marquette’s schedule. In comes Drexel, a challenging CAA team from a season ago. All but one of their losses came within three goals, including games against High Point, Georgetown, and Towson. The Golden Eagles are also very capable of playing in close contests.
  • 3/7 vs. Robert Morris: 32 goals were scored overall in last year’s meeting in Moon Township, with Marquette winning by two. Both teams have some big holes to fill on both sides of the ball, with the Golden Eagles losing 17 of their 27 points from that game as well as all three starting defenseman and top LSM.
  • 4/11 vs. Providence: The Golden Eagles finished Big East play with a 2-3 record, one game back of a three-way tie that included Georgetown, Providence, and Villanova. Despite reaching within two goals at the start of the fourth quarter, Marquette was unable to take command of the lead as the Friars scored five goals in the fourth, which is also what they did in the opening quarter, to take a 15-8 win. That was one of the notable games that left Marquette on the outside.
  • 4/18 at Duke: Seven seasons of meetings, seven losses for Marquette. This series has been around since Marquette’s first season, potentially due in part of Amplo’s close relationship with Duke head coach John Danowski. Last season was the closest the Golden Eagles have gotten to pulling off a huge program win, but the Blue Devils just got the win thanks to Brad Smith late in overtime.
  • 4/24 at Denver: Since the 2016 season, this game has been decided by three goals or less six of the last seven times, including a one-goal outcome last year in Milwaukee. Marquette has never defeated Denver in the regular season, with both of their victories coming in the Big East Tournament in 2016 and 2017.