Marquette Smacks Robert Morris- Chicago

November 5th, 2013

Already up 9-0 with about seven minutes left in the game, Marquette was coasting to the finish. The top liners were staying on the bench longer and the bottom lines were getting more ice time. That’s when Zach Wahl took a slapshot from the left point, which was tipped in by Dan Javor for his second tally of the game. Five minutes later, Javor completed the hat trick with a rebound goal. Marquette won 11-0 and set the tone for another series sweep, this time at the hands of Robert Morris – Chicago.

 

Javor’s hat trick was his first of the season and the second in three games for Marquette. In a game that saw seven different goal scorers, points for fourth liners like Javor are important for the team down the road.


“Probably freshman year of high school was the last time I had a hat trick,” Javor said. “It was awesome.”

Marquette was just leading by two goals heading into the second period, but then the offense exploded for six goals in the final ten minutes of the middle frame. Two goals by Sam Nader and Tyler Schwichtenberg in a thirty second span resulted in RMU calling a timeout with 9:16 left in the second. Two and a half minutes later, Nader scored again on a four-on-four, and Matt Poli ripped a slapper past an RMU defender to make it a 6-0 lead. Two more goals by Javor and Dominic Zanfardino made it 8-0 late in the second, and 

Marquette cruised to the 11-0 victory. It was goaltender Nick Foley’s second 11-0 shutout of the season.


“It’s exciting to see so many people scoring,” coach Joe Cocking said. “It’s fun when we score a bunch of goals like that. Everybody’s scoring; all the lines scored.”

 

Foley agreed.


“It’s really nice when (we score 11) just because it’s less shots coming at me and it proves our offense is working,” he said.

For the RMU series, the Golden Eagles welcomed a new player to the roster. Thomas Place, a former Marquette lacrosse goaltender, became the team’s third goaltender and got his start in the series’ second game. For having not played a game since his high school

championship two years ago, the sophomore played well, allowing just two goals on the day.


“Thomas has been skating with us in practices … I figured we’d give him a shot and he stepped up,” Cocking said.

 

“I missed hockey a lot and I liked coming to practice,” Place said. “I was a little shaky at first, but I came around a little later in the game.”


In front of the goaltenders, the Marquette offense took more than 100 shots over the weekend. The number of shots the team has put on net increased over the past few weekends, and the team is seeing a rise in the number of goals as a result.

 

“It’s what we keep striving for – to shoot,” Cocking said. “We’ve been passing way too much and we over pass and over think it.

Shooting more creates more opportunities to score, so we keep telling them to shoot.”


Marquette travels to Lewis University for its first road games since Oct. 5. Game 1 is Friday night at 9 p.m., and Game 2 will be Saturday at the same time.

 

Story found in the Marquette Tribune
Written by: Jacob Born

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