Noteworthy: Marquette Athletics' June 13 Notebook
June 13, 2017
Golden Eagles earn most 2016-17 team titles in BIG EAST
The 2016-17 academic year was a banner one for the Marquette University in the BIG EAST Conference as MU led the way in the league with six team titles in addition to four runner-up finishes. Only Villanova (21) has more team titles than MU (17) since realignment in 2013, and Marquette’s 10 in the last two years are three more than the next closest in Georgetown (7) and DePaul (7).
Women’s track and field successfully defended its crowns during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns, while men’s lacrosse knocked off top-seeded Denver once again to win its second-straight BIG EAST title. Freshman medalist Matthew Bachmann led the men’s golf team to a remarkable come-from-behind final round at Callawassie Island for head coach Steve Bailey’s second league title in three seasons, while Markus Roeders and the women’s soccer program captured a sixth BIG EAST regular season title during the fall.
Perhaps the biggest story of the year came at the Al McGuire Center in the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Championship as MU alumna and third-year head coach Carolyn Kieger led the Golden Eagles past DePaul for their first BIG EAST crown.
2016-17 BIG EAST Champions from Marquette
• Other MU NCAA Championship Participants
Newsworthy start to the summer for men’s lacrosse
The 2017 NCAA lacrosse season may have ended over Memorial Day weekend, but the news hasn’t slowed down for the two-time defending BIG EAST champion men’s lacrosse program. Ryan McNamara and Andy DeMichiei joined a growing number of MU players in the professional ranks after being selected in the MLL draft, while MU alums made early season noise in the league. Just this past weekend McNamara made his pro debut, Liam Byrnes won the NLL’s Champion’s Cup with the Georgia Swarm and Joe Amplo announced he would remain as head coach at Marquette.
WBB adds highest-ranked newcomer in program history
The BIG EAST champion women’s basketball team announced the addition of its first McDonald’s All-American in program history on May 17 in Ohio State-transfer Tori McCoy. The 6-foot-4 McCoy was a consensus top-10 national recruit in the class of 2016 and earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors in her lone season in Columbus last year. She joins an MU squad this summer that returns all but one key contributor from last season.
Fall schedules released for spectator sports
The fall schedules for Marquette’s three fall spectator sports were released in late May with women’s volleyball and both soccer programs unveiling their 2017 slates. Women’s soccer begins the regular season on Aug. 18 at Valley Fields against Stanford, while the men’s squad will play a pair of matches on the road before its home opener on Sept. 1 against UIC. Volleyball begins the year with tournaments at Hawai’i and IUPUI before hosting Loyola-Chicago on Sept. 8 at the Al McGuire Center.
Kendziorski featured on FS1's The Drive to the US Open
Marquette men’s golf sophomore Austin Kendziorski and his US Open Sectional Qualifying attempt was featured this week on the FS1 show The Drive To The US Open.
The Drive To The US Open is an hour-long program that profiled golfers from all walks of life who attempted to qualify for the 117th US Open at Erin Hills Golf Course, which is located 36 miles from the MU campus. The Sussex, Wis. native is a caddy during the offseason at Erin Hills, and has played the course throughout his amateur career, including in Marquette’s annual home event - the Erin Hills Intercollegiate. Just days prior to NCAA Regional play last month, Kendziorski finished second in Local Qualifying at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls with a score of 71 - he and MU assistant coach Gator Todd advanced to Sectional Qualifying at Brookside C.C. in Columbus, Ohio on June 5, but did not earn one of the 14 spots.
FS1/FOX Sports are the television home of the USGA and the 117th US Open, which begins on Thursday.
The Drive To The US Open premiered on Monday night, but has encore airings scheduled during this week.
THE DRIVE TO THE US OPEN AIRINGS (All times Central)
Summer camp season begins
Summer camps got underway this past week with women’s soccer, men’s lacrosse and men’s basketball all holding events on campus. Day camp for men’s basketball started Monday for Session I, while Session II starts next week with Session III slated for the week of July 17. Check out www.MarquetteSportsCamps.com for registration details and for more information.
MBB to host Purdue on Nov. 14 in Gavitt Tipoff Games
After not participating in the Gavitt Tipoff Games last season, Marquette will make its second appearance in the BIG EAST-versus-Big Ten event with a Nov. 14 home game against Purdue at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. MU’s non-conference schedule will be unveiled sometime in July, while the BIG EAST slate is expected to be announced sometime after Labor Day.
Men’s Basketball Centennial Hoopla nears
Limited spots for the culminating celebration of 100 years of Marquette’s men’s basketball are still available for Friday, June 23 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The event begins with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by dinner and the program, emceed by ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, at 6 p.m. The program will feature various multimedia content as well as panels representing each different era of Marquette basketball. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased at http://go.mu.edu/Hoopla.
Those in attendance will receive the final pint glass giveaway from the 2016-17 season as well as a commemorative Marquette Magazine issue celebrating the program’s storied history.
Upcoming Dates of Note:
June 14 – MSOC camps begin
'Noteworthy' will be updated weekly to keep fans updated on the events surrounding Marquette Athletics all summer long.
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