Marquette Has Unprecedented Conference Success in 2011

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It has been an unprecedented fall sports season for Marquette University in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles enter this week a combined 20-1-0 in league play among the men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball teams.

Marquette's lone loss was a 3-1 defeat in women's soccer at West Virginia, a team tied atop the American Division standings with the Golden Eagles.

The combined .953 winning percentage is by far the best in program history for the three teams, topping last year's mark of .735 (25-7-2). It is only the second time since women's soccer played its first conference season in 1994 that all three teams have had winning percentages above .500 in league play.

Both women's soccer and volleyball compiled their best conference seasons in program history in 2010 with 11-0-0 and 11-3 records, respectively. Men's soccer's 5-0-0 start in 2011 tops its previous high BIG EAST win total of three (2009 and 2010) and is its highest number of league wins since a 7-2-1 mark in 2002 (Conference USA).

Women's soccer has earned a bye in the first round of the conference tournament and will host a quarterfinal contest at Valley Fields later this month, while the men's 15 points rank ahead of No. 1 Connecticut in their quest for home field advantage and a first round bye.

Women's volleyball plays host to the 2011 BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Championship on Nov. 18-20 at the Al McGuire Center.

Below are the records for each of the three squads in 2011 and individual accolades earned from the BIG EAST Conference:

Best BIG EAST season: 2010 (11-0-0)

BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week (2)
Maegan Kelly (Sept. 12 and Oct. 17)
BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (4)
Katie Hishmeh (Oct. 17)
Kerry McBride (Aug. 22)
Ally Miller (Aug. 29 and Oct. 17)
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week (1)
Natalie Kulla (Aug. 22)
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week (1)
Haley Fritzlen (Sept. 26)
BIG EAST Honor Roll 6)
Maegan Kelly (Sept. 5 and 26)
Natalie Kulla (Sept. 26)
Kerry McBride (Sept. 12 and Oct. 3)
Rachael Sloan (Aug. 29)

MEN'S SOCCER (5-0-0)
Previous best BIG EAST season: 2010 (3-4-2)

BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (2)
C. Nortey (Sept. 26)
Sebastian Jansson (Oct. 17)
BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week (1)
David Check (Oct. 17)

Best BIG EAST season: 2010 (11-3)

BIG EAST Player of the Week (1)
Ashley Beyer (Sept. 12)
BIG EAST Freshman of the Week (3)
Chelsea Heier (Sept. 5, Oct. 10 and 17)
BIG EAST Honor Roll (3)
Danielle Carlson (Sept. 26, Oct. 3)
Ciara Jones (Oct. 10)

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