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Coach Meredith Black previews the 2014 Marquette women's lacrosse season.
Marquette's women's lacrosse team is raising awareness and funds, and fostering support for Pancreatic Cancer and working through the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network to fight the disease. Hear in the words of players Alex Winey and Molly O'Brien, and coach Meredith Black why this is important to them.
Highlights and postgame comments from the Detroit vs. Marquette game on March 3, 2013 featuring head coach Meredith Black and captain Emily Donovan.
Highlights and post-game interview with coach Meredith Black following Marquette's inaugural home game on Feb. 23, 2013.
Meredith Black is entering her third season and fourth year at Marquette in 2014-15. She was named the first head coach in Marquette women's lacrosse history on Feb. 4, 2011.
Black took over the Marquette women's lacrosse program prior to the 2012 season, after which time she oversaw its transformation into an NCAA Division I varsity team before leading it into its first season in 2013. The Golden Eagles went 2-15 during their inaugural season against a schedule that included six IWLCA ranked opponents.
The 2014 season was one of continued development and improvement for the Marquette University women's lacrosse program. The Golden Eagles entered the BIG EAST Conference as full-fledged members and picked up a victory in their first-ever league game against Cincinnati on March 28 at Valley Fields.
Following losses at a pair of top-10 teams in Johns Hopkins and Northwestern to begin 2014, Marquette reeled off wins in three of its next four contests, including back-to-back victories at Michigan and Detroit.
Those consecutive wins were a program first and the 15-9 triumph over Detroit highlighted a season-long improvement on attack. The Golden Eagles increased their offensive output by over two goals per game in 2014 and allowed three-and-a-half fewer goals against, while turning the ball over 100 fewer times.
Four athletes earned All-BIG EAST Conference Second Team honors during MU's inaugural season in the league with Amanda Bochniak, Hayley Baas, Elizabeth Goslee and Sarah Priem all earning recognition. Bochniak and sophomore Claire Costanza each posted over 20 goals and 20 assists and the attack will be bolstered in 2015 by the return from injury of Julianna Shearer, who posted 12 goals and three assists before a season-ending injury after just seven games.
The women's lacrosse program also continued as a shining example in the community for the Marquette athletic department, volunteering countless hours and continuing to raise funds for the fight against pancreatic cancer. All told, over $11,000 was raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network during the 2013-14 academic year, bring MU's total during its two seasons of competition to over $20,000 for the organization.
The former Meredith Simon arrived at Marquette after spending the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Towson, Notre Dame and the University of California-Berkeley. She helped Towson and Notre Dame to a combined four NCAA Championship appearances and coached one season at Cal where she worked with the Golden Bears' attack and goaltenders.
At Notre Dame from 2008-10, she helped the Irish to a 39-19 record in three seasons, including the 2009 BIG EAST Championship and three NCAA Championship appearances. Black coached four all-Americans (Jillian Byers, Gina Scioscia, Caitlin McKinney and Shaylyn Blaney) during that time and oversaw the 2009 team that set school records for goals (321), assists (150) and points (471), while claiming the BIG EAST title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.
She took her first coaching job at Towson in 2005 after a standout career as a student-athlete at Notre Dame, and helped the Tigers to their first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and NCAA Championship berth in school history. Following three years at Towson (2005-07) under head coach Missy Doherty, Black returned to her alma mater as an assistant under Tracy Coyne, for whom she played as an undergraduate.
During her playing career at Notre Dame, Black helped the Fighting Irish to the first two NCAA Championship appearances in school history in 2002 and 2004. She was also the school's first student-athlete to be named an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American in 2004, while setting the then-Notre Dame single-season scoring mark with 74 points on 46 goals and 28 assists. Black led ND to the NCAA Tournament that season and became the first ND player nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, honoring the nation's top player.
She was also a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection (2003 and 2004) and was named the BIG EAST Attack co-Player of the Year in 2004.
The Flemington, N.J., native concluded her career with the Irish first in school history in games played (64), third in goals (109), fourth in assists (49), third in points (158), tied for fourth in ground balls (123) and third in draw controls (91).
Black graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in American studies in 2004 and was a four-time dean's list selection. She prepped at Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey, where she was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.
The former Meredith Simon married Adam Black in October of 2010 and the couple has one daughter, Juliet, who was born in January of 2015.