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Throwback Thursday: Al McGuire Center Unveiling

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Today's Throwback Thursday takes you back 10 years to the unveiling of the architect's rendering of the Al McGuire Center on February 18, 2002.

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Marquette President Father Wild, S.J. introduces plans for the new on-campus facility as Athletic Director Bill Cords and women's basketball Head Coach Terri Mitchell unveil the design.

As part of the unveiling, Marquette alumnus Steve Michels announced a gift of $1.5 million to the project. With Mr. Michel's gift, Marquette had raised $19 million for construction of the facility. The McGuire Center opened in October 2003 at a cost of $31 million.

Press Clippings
"MU puts its plans on display" - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  
"Marquette Unveils Al McGuire Center Drawings and Location" - GoMarquette.com

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Marquette University junior Bryan Ciesiulka was the latest Golden Eagles men's soccer player to earn honors over the summer when the 5-foot-4 central midfielder was named to the USL Premier Development League's All-Central Conference Team as a member of the the Chicago Fire PDL.

Ciesiulka tallied four points on one goal and two assists while leading the Chicago Fire PDL in games (12) and minutes played (993).  The Fire finished fourth in the Great Lakes Division and posted an overall record of 6-7-3.

Fan's Choice Awards: Player of the Year

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Player

And the nominees are...

Jae Crowder - Men's Basketball
Bio & Accolades 

- BIG EAST Player of the Year
- Associated Press Second Team All-America
- John R. Wooden Award All-America Team
- All-BIG EAST First Team selection along with MU teammate Darius Johnson-Odom
- Selected as one of 15 finalists for the 2012 John R. Wooden Award
- NABC Coaches' All-American Third Team 
- Became the 44th player in the history of the program to reach 1,000 points (and only the fifth to do it in just two seasons)
- Posted 17 points and 13 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament Third Round match up vs. Murray State for his 14th double-double of the season, including fifth consecutive
- Crowder's 88 steals on the season is the third-best single-season mark in program history, one steal shy of tying the MU single-season record.
 

 

Ciara Jones - Women's Volleyball
Bio & Accolades

- AVCA All-America Honorable Mention
- AVCA All-Northeast Region
- All-BIG EAST First Team
- Eleventh player in MU history to reach the 1,000-kill plateau
- Tied with Martha Meyer for sixth on MU's all-time kills list with 1,140 in her career
- Tied for ninth all-time at MU in hitting percentage (.234; 1,140-464-2,885)
- Led Marquette to first NCAA tournament victory over Western Kentucky (Dec. 2) with 17 kills and a hitting percentage of .273
- Landed 18 of her 23 attacks for kills as she hit .739 against Notre Dame (Nov. 11) for the Golden Eagles first sweep in series history
- Earned BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Nov. 15) mention for her play against ND and DePaul
- Became the 11th player in Marquette history with 1,000 kills when she landed her fourth against Rutgers on Oct. 23
- Named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll after helping MU to 3-0 sweeps of Georgetown (Oct. 7) and Villanova (Oct. 9)
- Recorded a career-high 24 kills in 3-2 loss to No. 9 Minnesota (Sept. 18), in which MU held a 2-1 advantage entering the fourth set 


Natalie Kulla - Women's Soccer
Bio & Accolades

- BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year
- BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year
- First Team All-BIG EAST
- Capital One Academic All-America Second Team
- Lowes Senior CLASS Award Finalist
- NSCAA All-Northeast Region Second Team
- NSCAA Scholar All-America Second Team
- Led the BIG EAST with 11 shutouts, including seven in BIG EAST play
- Posted a BIG EAST-best goals against average in conference games (0.63) and in overall games (0.79)
- Stopped a season-high five shots at West Virginia
- Named the BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week Aug. 22 following shutouts over Western Michigan and Northwestern
- Named to the MKE Cup All-Tournament Team
- Named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (Sept. 26) following wins over DePaul and Notre Dame.


Calum Mallace - Men's Soccer
Bio & Accolades  

- Named 2011 BIG EAST Conference Midfielder of the Year and was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection
- 2011 Second Team All-America (College Soccer News)
- Received Marquette's men's soccer Most Valuable Player honors
- Candidate for Soccer News Net College Boot 2011 Men's Soccer Player of the Year
- Drafted No. 20 overall (first selection of 2nd Rd.) by the Montreal Impact, becoming the first-ever MU player to be selected in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft
- Began the season as the No. 31-ranked pro prospect among college seniors, according to Joe Mauceri of TopDrawerSoccer.com, and the No. 13-ranked midfielder
- Scored two goals in the annual Blue vs. Gold preseason match, including the equalizer with 14 seconds from full time to force a 2-2 draw
- Played for the Chicago Fire PDL squad during the summer along with MU teammate Bryan Ciesiulka


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Marquette Mailbag: Larry Williams

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20110302_MB_006_MC.jpg Director of Athletics Larry Williams was our guest for the latest edition of "Marquette Mailbag," answering your questions on his first year on the job, new lacrosse programs, the Carrier Classic and more...


Q: "So far, what has been your greatest challenge as AD? What do you think your greatest obstacle will be as AD over the next 12 months? Go Marquette!" 
- Colin, Chicago, IL

A: I don't know if it's my greatest challenge, but one that has been is trying to not eat lunch every day at Real Chili or Sobelman's. Willpower is the only thing preventing me from returning to my playing weight. Of course I am kidding, but there are significant challenges inherent in providing high-level D1 sports opportunities out of the Old Gym. Marquette Athletics is absolutely capable of being the gold standard D1 athletic program without football- one that competes regularly for national championships in basketball and among the elite in all the varsity sports we offer. Finding a quality home like the Al for our non-basketball and volleyball programs will be a key challenge.

   

Q: In the wake of the Penn State scandal, how does a school administration maintain a balance between an ethical commitment to the public and the desire for a successful athletic program?
- Loren Farr, Milwaukee

A: What happened at Penn State shook the foundation of college athletics, and rightfully so. The hope is that all schools can collectively emerge from those tragic events with greater perspective and clearer purpose. Marquette is a values-based institution. We know that every aspect of this institution must be operated with the utmost integrity. That is especially true in my department, where we must maintain the proper balance between academics and athletics. That starts at the top and is essential to ensure institutional control. Our president, Father Pilarz, is someone I very much respect and admire. His vision and connection with our students is truly remarkable. He and I agree that our common goal is driving our athletic program forward in a positive way.

 

Q: Hey Mr. Williams! We all hope it has been a smooth transition for you to Marquette and for you to be feeling right at home in our community. Speaking of transitions, with what seems to be a successful addition of D1 men's and women's lacrosse, do you see Marquette adding any other D1 sports in the future?
- Marcus, Hartford, WI

A: Thanks Marcus for the kind words. I love Milwaukee and live with my family in the downtown area. As for lacrosse, you may know it's the fastest growing sport on the NCAA level over the past decade and it will be very exciting to see the Blue and Gold compete for the first time. It's such a fast-paced dynamic game and I think our great fans will respond, especially with us having the opportunity to compete in the BIG EAST against programs with rich histories in the sport. Aside from the impact on the field, the addition of new athletic programs also positively impacts our enrollment and development efforts. I will constantly be evaluating where we are from an athletic standpoint and be progressive in our approach when it comes to assessing any potential expansion of our programs. Our overriding goal is to field nationally competitive programs across the board without diluting that Marquette standard of excellence.

 

Q: Will MU be playing any BIG EAST teams this year in lacrosse? If so, can you say which schools at this time? Finally, when will the schedule be announced? Thank you.
- Tim, Cape Cod, MA

A: What an exciting opportunity it is that we get to play BIG EAST lacrosse. The schedules for next spring won't be finalized until later this fall, but we know the women will play a full BIG EAST slate and the men will play a good number of BIG EAST teams plus they will host a nationally recognized program at Valley Fields.

 

Q: What's your relationship like with men's basketball coach Buzz Williams?
- James Anderson, Minneapolis, Minnesota

A: Coach Williams is a good man and a great coach. We've spent some time together this summer and have gotten to know each other more, especially when tracking down a few hooks and slices into the woods when we played golf together a few weeks back. What's clear to me is that he's a competitor and a winner. We share a lot in common and are completely on the same page in terms of staying focused on the rich history and core values that underpin this very unique program - among the elite in the nation. It promises to be another championship caliber season with the bar always set at the national championship aspiration level.

 

Q: What is the best way to obtain tickets to the carrier classic? My father is a 23 year army veteran and I would love to take him for Veterans Day.
- Cody Moreland, Kenosha, WI

A: If you are in the Cabinet of the President of the United States of America, I would guess you have a pretty good shot at getting tickets to the Carrier Classic. Tickets to this event are extremely limited. I believe the ship will hold about 4,000 fans, and Marquette will be allocated a small number of those - like the post season, but fewer. I also believe that the organizer will make a small number of tickets available to local military families and may make some available for public sale. Continue to check our website for the latest information. And most importantly, please thank your father from all of us in Marquette Athletics for his lifetime of service protecting our great country!

 

Q: What is your viewpoint on coach hero worship that seems to dominate some college fans and programs? We saw what happened at Penn State when administrators and fans looked away at what was happening with a revered coach. As an AD, how do you protect the institution when a coach can become so popular to some that he is given free reign to do what they want, even if that isn't in the best interest of the institution?
- Jim, Pacific

A: I can't imagine that there is anyone in the country who isn't deeply saddened by the Penn State situation, first and foremost for the victims of this terrible crime, and secondly for everyone associated with the program, PSU, and in fact, all of college athletics. This is the clearest and most cautionary tale of why it is so important to maintain integrity above all else.

 

Q: Do you agree with Al McGuire when he said: "A Notre Dame grad will pick his nose to make sure you see his class ring"?
- Greg, Denver, CO

A: What a great quote! I've never heard that before. You have to love Coach McGuire, and you can just hear his New York accent when he said that. You obviously know I'm a Notre Dame grad. I loved my time there and am proud I went to school there. But I'm Marquette's A.D. now. I have learned about the legacy and many traditions of Marquette and have the utmost respect for not just the athletic program, but the entire institution. One of my sons even attends graduate school here. So there should be no doubt about my commitment and loyalty to Marquette. I'll be right there cheering for Marquette when we kick Notre Dame's butt this fall on the court. And for the record - I always try to use a handkerchief.


Social Media Fan of the Week: July 25

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If you are reading this right now, you already know: Marquette fans are arguably the most social media-savvy in all of college athletics. To celebrate, and to say thank you, for this great support, every week we will feature our "Social Media Fan of the Week."

Golden EagleSocial Media Fan of the Week: July 25, 2012
Ryan Thurs
@ryanthurs


To nominate yourself or another person for the prestigious honor of "Social Media Fan of the Week," simply Tweet @muathletics with the hashtag: #MUSocial, or post to our Facebook timeline, a short note about yourself and why you love Marquette. Of course, photos and videos are encouraged, as we'd love to be able to share them here on the blog.

Thanks again for your tremendous support, and for sharing your love for all-things Marquette through social media.

Marquette Alum Is First Alternate For U.S. Amateur

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Former Golden Eagle and Marquette graduate Nathan Colson finished fourth at the U.S. Amateur qualifier held at Oconomowoc Golf Club on Monday, July 23, and is currently an alternate for the U.S. Amateur Championship, Aug. 13-19, at famed Cherry Hills Country Club located outside Denver.

This summer marks the 112th annual Championship. Mike Van Sickle was the last MU golfer to earn a spot in the event. Van Sickle advanced to the round of 16 in the match play portion of the 109th U.S. Amateur played at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., back in 2009, when he finished higher than current PGA Tour professionals Bud Cauley, Cameron Tringale and Rickie Fowler.
Redshirt freshman Axel Sjoberg of the Marquette men's soccer team took home Best Defender honors at the Thunder Bay Chill awards dinner last week. The 6-foot-7 Swedish stopper helped the Chill post a 13-2-1 record in USL Premier Development League action and capture the squad's fifth Heartland Division trophy in the past six years.

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Thunder Bay allowed just 10 goals on the season, which ended with a 1-0 loss to FC London in the PDL playoffs on July 21. It was the lowest amount of goals allowed in the 73-team league.

Sjoberg played in 15 matches with two goals and an assist and was one of the team leaders in minutes played. This was the central defender's first season with the Chill, alongside MU teammates Paul Dillon and Sebastian Jansson.

Fan's Choice Awards: Best Team Accomplishment

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Today's category is: 2011-12 Best Team Accomplishment

And the nominees are...

Women's Soccer Wins Third-Consecutive BIG EAST Championship
Recap & Team Highlight Video | Photo Gallery 

Head Coach Markus Roeders led Marquette to its 16th consecutive winning season and a program-best ranking of No. 5 (NSCAA) for two weeks (Oct. 17 and Oct. 25) en route to a 10-1-0 conference record and a share of its third-straight BIG EAST American Division title. The championship is the seventh in Marquette history and the Golden Eagles now boast a 28-3-2 record in BIG EAST play since 2009.


Men's Soccer Claims BIG EAST Championship
Recap & Video | Photo Gallery

With a 1-0 defeat of Pittsburgh on October 29, Marquette clinched its first ever BIG EAST Blue Division championship in men's soccer. Calum Mallace scored the match's only goal in the 59th minute, as he led his team to victory on senior night. It marked MU's third NCAA Division I regular season conference title, and first since 2002 (Conference USA).


 

Volleyball Earns First NCAA Tournament Invitation, Advances to Second Round
Recap & Team Highlight Video

The Golden Eagles had a record-setting season, finishing the 2011 campaign with a 24-11 mark and earned an at-large selection to the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championship for the first time in program history. MU defeated Western Kentucky in the opening round, before falling to eventual national runner-up, Illinois, in the second round. 



Men's Basketball Advances to Second-Straight Sweet 16
Records & Accomplishments  

The 2011-12 men's basketball season, which began with a championship at the Paradise Jam, and continued with a second place finish in the BIG EAST and a seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, culminated with a thrilling victory over Murray State to return to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1977.


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Marquette Mailbag: Steve Novak

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20110302_MB_006_MC.jpg The legendary Marquette sharpshooter turned New York sensation, Steve Novak, is today's guest for "Marquette Mailbag." Thanks to everyone who submitted a question; Steve's responses are below.

Q: Steve, can you tell us about your connection with the Loeys Dietz Syndrome Foundation? I hear you are doing a golf outing in July in Grafton and would like more information. 
- Charlie, Shorewood, Wis.

A: Loeys Dietz Syndrome was introduced to me when I met a young girl named Maureen Jurgens during my sophomore year in college. She was wearing my jersey because she said it have her strength during her toughest moments. I knew I had to meet her and when I did I fell in love with her whole outlook on life. She is one of the toughest and most optimistic people I know. This year my family along with the Jurgens family is hosting a golf outing to raise money for research. It is our goal to find a cure for the Loeys Dietz Syndrome as well as spread awareness around the world. To get more information and to sign up to golf July 20th Go to loeysdietz.org

 

Q: What did Marquette basketball do for you that no other university could?
- Nathan, Chesterfield, Mo.

A: Marquette University offered me the opportunity to not only play basketball for one of the top teams in the country, but also to get an education that will last me a lifetime. The people I have met throughout my years at Marquette are also something that I believe has set MU apart. The University's network is far reaching and was a huge asset once I graduated.

 

Q: Steve, what lies ahead for you? Back with the Knicks? Some new address? We (my alum hubby) and I enjoyed seeing you with the Knicks (my hubby's home town team). We will be rooting for you.
- Sarah Y., Sioux Falls, S.D.

A: I will be returning to the Knicks next season! I am very happy that I'm able to return to the Garden next year. It is an incredible place to play and living there is awesome.

 

Q: Sure Shot, how did the rush/excitement of your Notre Dame game (I was there) compare to some of the big 3's you hit late in those massively popular games late this past season? I saw how rockin MSG was, but the BC was pretty insane when you hit that corner 3 to win. Congrats on a great season. Great to hear about the Bird ruling. You deserve it.
- Jason B., Elm Grove, Wis.

A: There really is no bigger rush than hitting a big shot. It's hard to say if there is one that is more exciting than another, but there is no doubt when it is a game winner, that it doesn't get much better! I would say though that my most memorable shot in college was the game winner against Notre Dame.

 

Q: Hi Steve. First of all, I wish you hearty congratulations on all your success. I'm inspired by your work ethic and your commitment to realizing your passion and dreams. Now that you've been in the NBA for a number of seasons, and have played for several teams ... what has been the most rewarding part of your time as a professional basketball player? Thanks for your time! Every best wish.
- Marc M., Mequon, Wis

A: I would have to say that the most rewarding part is being able to say that I am truly living my dream. There is nothing I would rather be doing than playing basketball. I am very blessed to have been able to achieve many of the things I dreamed of doing when I was just a young kid.


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Marquette men's soccer player C. Nortey with family in Accra, Ghana (June 2012).

Marquette sophomore C. Nortey, who originally came to the United States at age 15 as part of the Right to Dream soccer academy, returned to his home country of Ghana earlier this summer.

While the Golden Eagles' top goal scorer certainly enjoyed precious time with family and friends, Nortey also took timeout to share his passion for people and the game of soccer by giving back to the community where he was raised.

You can read all about the amazing experience in his Wordpress blog, "onelovecicinho."

Nortey notes how much the city and the culture in his hometown of Accra has changed since the last time he was in Africa nearly four years ago, and also recounts volunteering his time at schools and youth centers, in addition to soccer clubs like Mandela FC (where he says he began his 'football' career), and at the Let Us Shine Girls Academy (see below to watch the YouTube video that Nortey produced).

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