Marquette fans disappointed but proud
MILWAUKEE - Hundreds of dedicated Golden Eagles fans rallied their team from Marquette's campus, Saturday.
All were pulling for their team to make its first trip to the Final Four in ten years.
The Elite Eight watch party started out with a bang. Fans cheered, clapped and hollered their way through the first part of the first half. Long time fans like Monica Sprink were already looking ahead to the Golden Eagles' next game.
"I think we have a couple of t-shirts that say "Final Four" from the last time they were here so we're looking for new ones," the grandmother said as she turned to cheer.
Her husband is an alumni. Her granddaughter, a current student. The team loyalty is a long-standing family tradition.
Meanwhile sophomore Lauren Broniarczyk sat on the edge of her seat, hanging on to hope of advancing as Marquette steadily fell behind in double digits.
"I was there in 2003 when they beat Missouri in overtime. I love this team, love everything about it."
Lauren and her dad have had the tournament tickets since September. But her chances of seeing Marquette in the second to final round diminished in Saturday's second half.
"We didn't come out like we did on Thursday. When we were playing Miami, we were focused. We played 40 minutes of basketball. We didn't do that today."
John Sweney knew Saturday's match-up would be a challenge.
"It was a super effort by everybody no doubt we ran into a buzz saw today."
Marquette backers tell TODAY'S TMJ4 Syracuse simply outplayed them this time around.
They're disappointed, no doubt. But a Sweet Sixteen "three-peat" still makes these students and alumni proud and excited about the programs future.
"We've got a great recruiting class coming in next year so I think it's still pretty positive."