It's no secret that the Marquette women's soccer team calls itself a family. The word written on the team's shirts, and moreover, family is a cornerstone principle of the program's philosophy. In her latest blog for NCAA.com, Amy Farnum gives fans and readers a little insight to how it started and what is exactly the women's soccer team's family.
We Are Family
When Markus Roeders took over a very young Marquette University women's soccer program in 1996, he knew that to build a successful program he needed to create a close-knit, family-like atmosphere for his players.
Roeders and his associate head coach Frank Pelaez played together with a very close-knit group of guys at UNC Asheville and learned that those strong bonds between players were an integral part of fielding a winning team. Roeders and Pelaez came to Marquette in only the fourth year of the program's existence - a program that had yet to have a winning season - but inherited a group of 10 seniors.
"We were able to pull them together and create something for them, and we ended up 16-6-1 and won the regular season Conference USA championship that year," said Roeders. "The idea that came out of that year was the concept of family. We're going to go through highs and lows. We're going to go through everything together - just like a regular family."
Marquette joined the rest of the league schools for BIG EAST Media Day on Oct. 20 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Head coach Buzz Williams continued the tradition of bringing the team's seniors to the event. Dwight Buycks, Rob Frozena and Joe Fulce represented MU, answering questions from hundreds of media representatives from around the nation. Jimmy Butler was unable to make the trip due to injury.
Marquette head coach Buzz Williams will appear on Thursday's Sports32 Roundtable, hosted by Dennis Krause.
Thursday's appearance will mark Williams' debut on the 30-minute program, which will also include Top Pipines of FOX 6. The show debuts at 4:30 p.m. CT and will also air at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. CT.
Along with a close look at the 2010-11 Marquette season, topics will also include the World Series, the Packers-Jets game and a look at the Bucks' season opener.
Marquette University assistant men's golf coach David Merkow will trade his golf clubs for a microphone Thursday, Oct. 28, as Steve "The Homer" True's co-host on Homer's daily radio talk show on ESPN 540AM.
Listen live in the Milwaukee area from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m CT, or in Madison, Wis., on 100.5 FM. Live streaming audio is also available online at www.espnmilwaukee.com by clicking on the "Listen Live" button.
Merkow is in his first season with the MU men's golf program. He is originally from Hartland, Wis. "Homer" is the play-by-play voice, and ESPN Milwaukee is the broadcast home, of Marquette men's basketball.
After capturing the BIG EAST American Division Championship for the second straight year the Marquette women's soccer team rose in the national rankings to No.13 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll and No. 12 according to Soccer America this week. The No. 13/12 ranking is the highest MU has been ranked this season.
Marquette was last ranked 12th or better in either poll during the 2005 season.
The Golden Eagles stand at No. 10 in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2010 season released on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The Golden Eagles stood at No. 13 in the first RPI released on Oct. 5, No. 11 in the Oct. 12th release and ninth in last week's RPI (Oct. 19).
The Golden Eagles have the second highest RPI in the BIG EAST only behind Notre Dame who is fifth.
Marquette enters the BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship as the No. 1 seed in the American Division for the second straight season. The Golden Eagles will host the winner of the DePaul (No. 4 National)/Pittsburgh (No. 5 American) first round match in the BIG EAST Women's Soccer Championship quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 31 at Valley Fields at 1 p.m.
Former Marquette guard David Cubillan has led Espartanos de Margarita to the LNB (Liga Nacional de Baloncesto) finals for the first time in almost a decade.
Cubillan scored a game-high 22 points in the team's victory over Lanceros de Cojedes to complete a three-game sweep in the best-of-five series. Espartanos will now wait for its finals opponent to be determined before opening another five-game series.
Cubillan has averaged over 14.0 points per game for the team, which finished the regular season with a league-best 23-5 record. The lone American on the roster is former Connecticut standout Kevin Freeman, who chipped in 21 points in the victory.
Cordell Henry, another former MU guard, saw action for the franchise last year in the team's Liga Americas tournament play.
Cubillan saw action with the Venezuelan National Team this past summer in the South American Championships.
Former Marquette standout Lazar Hayward made the most of extended playing time in Minnesota's preseason finale against the Bucks Friday night in his return to the Bradley Center, helping the Timberwolves to a 119-118 overtime victory.
Hayward chipped in eight points, six rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes of action off the bench. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers during a key run late in the second half and assisted on two key baskets down the stretch.
Minnesota finished the preseason 6-2 overall and opens the regular season Wednesday night when the team hosts Sacramento.
Lazar Hayward made a surprise appearance at Marquette's practice Thursday night at Tarble Arena at Carthage College. Hayward is in town with the Minnesota Timberwolves to face the Milwaukee Bucks Friday night in preseason action. The Golden Eagles were on their annual Fall break retreat, spending Thursday and Friday in Racine and Kenosha before returning to campus for the Blue & Gold Fund Fish Fry and Haunted Hoops.
Marquette Madness officially kicked off the season for the Golden Eagles at the Al McGuire Center Friday, Oct. 16. Take a behind-the-scenes look with senior forward Joe Fulce as he attempts to remain undefeated in the State Farm Dunk Contest in the latest edition of Marquette Basketball: Revealed.
The Marquette University women's soccer team was featured on the latest episode of Inside the BIG EAST.
Inside the BIG EAST is the conference's weekly magazine style show which highlights programs from all 16 BIG EAST schools. The show can be seen on many regional networks as well as ESPNU and SportsNet New York. Replays of the show can be seen locally in southeastern Wisconsin on Sports32 throughout the week.
The Marquette women's soccer team is 11th in the latest Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) of the 2010 season released on Tuesday, Oct. 12. The Golden Eagles stood at No. 13 in the first RPI released on Oct. 5, and moved up two spots following a pair of road wins at Connecticut (72) and Providence (79).
The Golden Eagles have the second highest RPI in the BIG EAST only behind Notre Dame who is third.
This season Marquette is 1-1-1 against teams in the top 25 of the RPI and 3-3-1 against those in the top-50. Marquette will take on Louisville (36) on Sunday, Oct. 17 at Valley Fields.
Women's college soccer columnist Graham Hays of ESPN.com caught up with the Marquette women's soccer team during its recent trip to Storrs, Conn. In his latest notebook, Hays highlighted the play of Ashley Bares, the 7-0-0 start to BIG EAST play and the Golden Eagles' depth. Below is an excerpt of the latest edition of Hays' notebook.
Marquette senior Ashley Bares doesn't much look like a basketball center as she blends in with teammates before a game. An undersized power forward or a small forward who can mix it up inside maybe, but not a giant. It's only when she gets the ball around the 18-yard box, back to goal and a suddenly helpless defender at her mercy, that well, the scene does start to seem familiar.
Boot Camp Twenty Ten concludes for the Marquette men's basketball team Wednesday morning, but fans are provided an inside look at the grueling two-week conditioning regimen in the latest edition of Marquette Basketball: Revealed.
MILWAUKEE - Current Marquette University runner Anna Weber and former runner Scott Mueller claimed individual titles on Saturday, Oct. 9 in Al's Run. Mueller finished the 8-kilometer run in 25 minutes, 33 seconds, to place 17 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. Weber was the only female to break the 30-minute barrier with a time of 29:37.
"Overall it was a great experience for a great cause," said cross country head coach Mike Nelson. "We were excited for the opportunity as it has been a tradition for Marquette cross country and track and field in the past and it was a great opportunity for us to field some runners. I was really happy with how they performed."
Behind Mueller, eight current male track and field student-athletes finished in the top 25 of the race, led by junior Jack Hackett in third place with a time of 26 minutes. Assistant coach Kyle Cameron also participated and placed sixth in a time of 26:47.
On the women's side, nine Marquette runners, including Weber, placed in the top 25. Jayne Grebinski, Marquette's top finisher at the 2009 BIG EAST Conference Cross Country Championships and the school record holder in the outdoor 5,000-meter run, placed fourth in 30:28.
Nelson was also in action this weekend, finishing the Chicago Marathon in 2:55.35.
The Marquette University men's and women's cross country teams return to action on Saturday, Oct. 16 at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
1. Scott Mueller, 25:33 (Overall and 25-29 Division Winner)
3. Jack Hackett, 26:00
5. Chris Spudic, 26:26
6. Kyle Cameron, 26:47
9. Dominick Rosario, 27:04
11. Zack Young, 27:24 (U18 Division Winner)
15. A.J. Gedwill, 27:36
16. Mitch Lacy, 27:37
17. Billy Schlottke, 27:40
19. Avery Sternglass, 28:10
25. Zack Grese, 28:46
1. Anna Weber, 29:37 (Overall and 19-24 Division Winner)
At the Marquette University track and field Alumni Run on Saturday, Aug. 28, former head coach and 2009 M Club Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Allen, was able to sit down and share his memories of his time spent at Marquette.
While speaking with Robbie Shimp of Marquette Radio, Allen recalled following in the footsteps of his brother, Bob, as a student-athlete at Marquette, his meeting with Al McGuire when he was first offered the head coaching position and ultimately his years as head coach overseeing the growth of the program.
Head coach Buzz Williams hits the recruiting trail in the latest edition of Marquette Basketball: Revealed. As the current off-campus recruiting period concludes, Episode 6 provides exclusive access to a recent trip.
In search of its first BIG EAST Conference victory of the season, the Marquette University women's volleyball team took on Villanova, winners of 12 consecutive matches, Friday evening, Oct. 1, at the Jake Nevin Fieldhouse. After dropping the first set of the match, Marquette responded with a 25-21 second set victory to head into the intermission with the match even at 1-1.
In a tightly contested third set, Marquette was able to pull out a 25-23 victory to gain the advantage in a frame that featured 17 ties. After a Golden Eagle timeout with the stanza tied at 23-23, MU took a 24-23 lead and junior outside hitter Ciara Jones stepped up for her first service attempt of the match and only her third of the season. After her serve cleared the net, Jones would not let the Golden Eagles lose as she stepped in front of defensive specialist Kelsey Warner for her only dig of the match. Her ensuing pass to setter Nikki Klingsporn helped Klingsporn set up Ashley Beyer on the outside for a set-ending kill.
Marquette would go on to defeat Villanova 25-21 in the fourth and final set to give MU its first BIG EAST victory of the season. With the win, the Golden Eagles earned their first victory on an opponent's home court this season and gave the Wildcats their first loss in over a month. Beyer, whose kill ended the third set, was playing in her first match in two weeks after returning from an injury sustained on Sept. 18 at Northwestern. Beyer led MU with 17 kills in the match.
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