Members of the inaugural men's lacrosse team at Marquette have been counting down the days (797 to be exact) since the announcement on Dec. 15, 2010, the university would add the sport to its athletics program. Things get under way for the Golden Eagles when they take on Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio at noon ET Saturday. Posting a 2-2 record in the preseason with wins against Denison and Penn, Marquette is led by head coach Joe Amplo, who previously spent 10 years at his alma mater, Hofstra.

Marasco closes in on century mark
Syracuse senior JoJo Marasco’s eight points against Albany raised his career scoring total to 97 points (47 goals, 50 assists). Marasco is the team’s active leading scorer. He has at least one point in 33 of Syracuse's past 35 games and 39 of 45 games in his career.

LACROSSE CANDIDATES

For the complete list of candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate men's lacrosse, click here.

Senior CLASS Award candidates
Twenty NCAA men’s lacrosse student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, were selected as candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence -- community, classroom, character and competition. Among the candidates are two from defending national champion Loyola (Md.) -- Davis Butts and Scott Ratliff -- and returning first-team All-American Peter Baum of Colgate.

Atlantic Sun to sponsor men’s lacrosse
Beginning in 2014, the Atlantic Sun will sponsor men’s lacrosse and look to gain an automatic qualifier spot in the tournament field of 16. There are many logistics to be worked out, but members will include Jacksonville and Mercer, plus affiliates Furman, High Point, Richmond and VMI.

ESPN Game of the Week
This week’s showdown features Michigan at No. 4 Johns Hopkins at 1 p.m. ET Saturday. The contest will stream live on ESPN3. Michigan is 0-2 after falling to Penn State and Bellarmine. A squad with 23 newcomers, the Wolverines are in the midst of a seven-game road swing and won’t play their first home game until March 23. The Blue Jays are 2-0 on the season with victories against Siena and Towson. They have outscored opponents 27-12. Johns Hopkins is led offensively by Brandon Benn, who has seven goals on the year, and Wells Stanwick, who has four goals and two assists.