August 2010 Archives

Freshman Honored By College Soccer News

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Freshman Honored By College Soccer News

Marquette University freshman midfielder Bryan Ciesiulka of Naperville, Ill., was recently identified among "100 Freshmen From Coast To Coast To Keep An Eye On In 2010" by College Soccer News.

Ciesiulka (pronounced Chi-SHULL-kah) was one of 11 freshmen on the list to be joining a BIG EAST team this fall.

"Another very talented group of newcomers will join the collegiate ranks in 2010," states the online publication. "Only a small percentage of those who play high school or club soccer have the opportunity to play collegiate soccer. CSN congratulates and salutes all of the freshmen who will be joining the collegiate ranks in 2010."


Marquette Volleyball Practice - Thursday, Aug. 26

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The Marquette University women's volleyball team practiced Thursday afternoon at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion in preparation for its Friday match with Stony Brook in the Golden Gopher Invite. The Golden Eagles will face the Seawolves at 5 p.m. before playing Denver and No. 6 Minnesota on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

Soccer Fan Fest Photos

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Marquette associate head men's soccer coach emailed us photos that he took during last Friday's Fan Fest at Valley Fields prior to the women's regular-season opener against Idaho State.

Check out the Photo Gallery here.

Marquette University Law School professor Joseph G. Hylton posted to the department's faculty blog today a profile of Claude "Biff" Taugher, a former MU Law School student and former fullback who played for the Green Bay Packers of National Football League.

The blog post is the first part of a two-part series from Hylton on NFL/Marquette alumni. Part two will feature Taugher's law school classmate Laurence "Mac" McGinnis.

Read "From Marquette Law School to the National Football League Part I: Claude Taugher."

Men's Soccer Season Officially Underway

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All 28 members of the 2010 men's soccer reported to their first team practice at 7 a.m. this morning at Valley Fields.

Conditioning and fitness was the focus of this morning's pracitce followed by another training session at 9:30 a.m. in which attacking drills were introduced. There were also periods of simulated play on a shortened field that began with four players per side and eventually became 6 v. 6, concentrating on defensive shape.

After team lunch the players will have a break until 3 p.m. when they will again assemble in their locker room at Marquette Gym for an hour-long meeting on tactics lead by head coach Louis Bennett. Tactical training is then scheduled from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. at The Valley.

There will be a functional training session tomorrow morning and another tactics meeting in the afternoon prior to the squad's annual Blue vs. Gold scrimmage slated for an 8 p.m. kickoff at Valley Fields. There will be free admission and parking for Tuesday's intra-squad match.

Marquette Volleyball Concludes First Week of Fall Camp

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Tthe Marquette University women's volleyball team took part in its annual photo shoot Friday to end its first week of fall camp. Freshman Julie Jeziorowski discusses her first week on campus and preseason All-BIG EAST honoree Ashley Beyer talks about expectations for the season.

Every morning after the team is woken by Markus with one of his one-of-a-kind sayings, everyone has about 15 minutes to get dressed, brush their teeth, put in contacts, etc., before the approximately 1.5 mile trail run. For a normal person (me) who needs water and coffee as soon as I wake up and doesn't always hop out of bed when the alarm goes off, this was a daunting, but doable task.

The goal of the trail run is to get faster each morning you do it. The returners have to match and then beat their times from last season, while the freshmen look to improve their times each morning.

It was an interesting, but definitely not easy trail as the three words I used to describe it were: hilly, muddy and buggy. I thought I hit it reasonably hard and finished with a time of 9:34, which was not bad for my first try. It was also much easier when you have 35 people cheering and encouraging you to finish strong.

Following the run are abdominal work and pushups. Each player gets to lead the team in a 30 second exercise. My turn was last and Ashley Bares whispered to me to say, "bring it in." I did, but it didn't fly with Frank (Pelaez), so we did pushups instead. After we finally "brought it in" it was time for some much needed breakfast and coffee for me.

The team worked on technical skills during the second training session. I sat on the sidelines following the warm-up for most of the session and observed, which in the end sort of hindered me when Markus told me that I had to do a miller.

What is a miller? I asked the same thing. I should have known millers were sprints. I thought I was going to have to do it by myself until Markus told the team I was going to do millers and everyone joined in to do them with me.

Just as they encouraged each other the entire practice, they encouraged me to give it my all during the sprints. It was much easier to do sprints with others than to do them by myself. It proves that no matter what role you play on the team everyone is going to support you. I actually thought the sprints were not too difficult, but with "cold" legs it was tough for me to go all out right away. I think I could maybe do two or three millers (with a two-or-so minute break in between) if asked to.

All in all, I enjoyed my experience at Whitcomb. It might have been too short as when I left I wanted to stay for the rest of the day. Tonight's theme is jersey night and I can only imagine what the team will come out wearing.

I have said the following statement each season I have worked with women's soccer team, "they are a special group of young women." I want them to do well and succeed not just because I work with them on a daily basis, but also because I know how hard they work and how bad they want it.

Note: This is the second part of the a two-part entry as I experienced just short of 24 hours at Camp Whitcomb with the women's soccer team. 


Golden Eagle Spotlight - Vander Blue

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Since I started working with the women's soccer team at Marquette four seasons ago I've been curious to know what goes on during its annual preseason training camp at Camp Whitcomb in Hartland, Wis. So curious that finally I decided it was as good of a time as any to spend nearly 24 hours with what many (including myself) refer to as "The Family." 

Markus (Roeders) says that is along with polishing skills, working on fitness and strategy for the upcoming season, one of the greatest things about going to Camp Whitcomb is the amount of bonding the team is able to do. These ladies truly take the word family to a  whole new level. 

The players agree. It is unique, and they wouldn't have it any other way. Although I have not done much research to see if there are any other teams that leave campus for an extended period of time for preseason training, I'm sure that the Golden Eagles are one few teams in the nation that make this an annual tradition. 

I arrived at Camp Whitcomb, or as Markus calls it an "all-inclusive resort" complete with four meals a day, bathrooms and bunks, around 6 p.m. where I found the team on the fields warming up for its annual nightly scrimmage. I couldn't participate on the field, but I did douse myself in bug spray and got my touch back while passing the ball with team manager Aleks.  

The fun thing about these scrimmages are that each night is a different theme. Tonight's was all black and I was given the heads up by Ashley Bares as to what to wear. Other theme nights include, denim night, celebrity look alike night, spandex morning, jersey night and dress as your favorite Disney character. The senior class comes up with each night's theme. 

After scrimmaging for nearly 90 minutes on a warm August night, the players stretch, shower, get treatment and dine together in the lodge's dining room. Stories are told and lots of laughs are shared. Lauren Thut shared with her table her way of making her bed (a bottom bunk in Acorn 3) the most comfortable it could be with a mattress pad, a blanket under a fitted sheet coupled with two pillows so she is comfortable reading before she goes to sleep. About 10 ladies share each of the Acorns' in the lodge for the week. 

It's true that this team has found its balance. Between its theme nights for the scrimmages to its pre-practice dance party, the women's soccer team keeps it light, but it also knows when it is time to get down to business. It is evident in each training session and game. 

Now it is time for me to climb into my top bunk, get a good night's sleep and wait for the 6:45 a.m. wake-up call to run a timed 1.5 mile run around 7 a.m. I've been warned that it better be an all out sprint. I consider myself fit, but I am anxious to see what time I get. I may be in for a rude awakening. I'm already looking forward to my ice bath upon completion.

For real-time updates follow me on Twitter @amyuf or @muathletics. 

First Day of Fall Camp For Marquette Volleyball

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The Marquette University women's volleyball team went through its first workouts of the fall campaign Monday at the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles return a very experienced squad in 2010 and will look to climb the standings in the BIG EAST Conference. 

Butler Leads Squad To Milwaukee Pro-Am Title

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Jimmy Butler scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds, helping lead his squad to an 81-61 victory in the 2010 Scion Dental Milwaukee Pro-Am championship Sunday evening at the Al McGuire Center.

Ousmane Barro chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds and former UW-Milwaukee standout Avery Smith added 16 points. Leading by five points at the half, Butler's squad led by 15 points after three quarters and cruised to the victory. The senior forward missed a majority of the pro-am season with an injury, but returned for Sunday's action.

Sophomore guard Junior Cadougan, who was tabbed the league's most valuable player, collected 10 points, five assists and three rebounds in a losing effort.

Former MU standout Wesley Matthews recorded the league's first triple-double in the consolation title game, finishing with 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in his squad's victory. Trend Blackledge led the team in scoring.

The eight-team league concluded its first season with Sunday's tournament format. The teams played a total of eight dates, beginning in early July. Seven of the eight rosters featured at least one current Marquette player.

Colaizzi, Chill in PDL Final on Fox Soccer Channel

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Tonight's Premier Development League (PDL) Championship game featuring Anthony Colaizzi and the Thunder Bay Chill will be nationionally televised on Fox Soccer Channel. Kick off versus the Portland Timbers U23s is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.

[Read match preview]

The Chill rallied for a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in last night's PDL semifinal match versus Baton Rouge.

Colaizzi, a starting midfielder for Thunder Bay, will be entering his senior season with the Golden Eagles men's soccer team this fall.

The Marquette women's soccer team returned to campus this week to begin
preseason training for the 2010 season.

After meetings took place and head shots were taken, the team embarked on
its first training session to prepare for its 18th season of competition,
15th in head coach Markus Roeders' tenure. The Golden Eagles will spend this
weekend in Waupaca, Wis., before heading to Camp Whitcomb for just over a
week of training and team bonding.

During its preseason training, Marquette will host Wisconsin in an
exhibition match at Valley Fields on Saturday, Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Fan Fest
is slated for Friday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m., prior to the Golden Eagles' season
opener against Idaho State at 7:30 p.m. at Valley Fields.

The Golden Eagles welcome back 23 letterwinners and five starters from a
season ago that captured MU's first-ever BIG EAST American Division
Championship and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 15-5-3 overall
record, 7-2-2 in BIG EAST play.

Headed to State Fair?

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Marquette fans attending the 2010 Wisconsin State Fair will again have the chance to interact with MU student-athletes and coaches. Below is a schedule of MU teams that are scheduled to appear at the fairgrounds this year. Be sure to stop by, say hello, and let everyone at State Fair Park know that "We Are Marquette!"

Friday, Aug. 6
Men's Soccer (11 a.m. - 1 p.m.)
Volleyball (5 p.m. - 6 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 13
Women's Soccer (1 p.m. - 2 p.m.)

American Eagle Outfitters Partners With BIG EAST

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This morning the BIG EAST Conference issued a press release announcing that American Eagle Outfitters has signed a three-year deal with the league to be the presenting sponsor of the BIG EAST Men's and Women's Basketball Championships.

Read the press release here (

As part of the sponsorship, and "to reinforce its commitment to education and community support," American Eagle Outfitters will award 37 scholarships to student-athletes for graduate or professional school studies.

Cubillan Helps Venezuela Qualify For 2011 FIBA-Americas

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Former Marquette guard David Cubillan helped his native country of Venezuela to a fourth-place finish over the weekend at the 2010 South American Championships.

With the fourth-place finish in the eight-team field, Venezuela automatically qualified for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championships.

Cubillan played in all five games, averaging 17.6 minutes per game.  He chipped in 4.6 points and 2.8 assists per game while shooting 42.9 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Venezuela was defeated by eventual champion Brazil in the semifinals 79-67 and downed by Uruguay 76-70 in the bronze medal matchup.

Cubillan joins former Marquette standouts Butch Lee (1976 Olympics, Puerto Rico) and Walter Budrunas (1939 European Championship, Lithuania) as players to have seen action for their respective native countries (other than the United States) at the international level.

Thunder Bay Chill Advance to PDL Final Four

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Anthony Colaizzi's run at a Premier Development League (PDL) Championship with the Thunder Bay Chill continues into this weekend. The Chill defeated the Michigan Bucks 2-1 in extra time this past Saturday to claim the Central Conference title and now advance to the PDL semifinals in Portland, Ore.

Thunder Bay (14-2-2) will play the Baton Rouge Capitals (11-2-3) this Friday, Aug. 6. The Winner of that match will face the winner of Reading United (12-2-4) versus the undefeated Portland Timbers U23's (18-0-0) in the PDL Championship game to be played at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Aug. 7 and will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer Channel.

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