Feb. 5, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team will lift the lid on its fourth season of NCAA Division I play when it travels to No. 15/16 Louisville on Saturday, Feb. 6. It will mark the second straight year the Golden Eagles have opened the campaign against a nationally-ranked opponent after falling to then-No. 16 Johns Hopkins in double-overtime a year ago.
Game time is slated for 1 p.m. Central time against the Cardinals. Live statistics and video will be available for Saturday’s matchup via GoCards.com.
The Golden Eagles embark on a new season following their second consecutive 5-12 campaign in 2015 and welcome back 28 letterwinners, including nine starters in 2016. Among them are senior captains Elizabeth Goslee (All-BIG EAST Second Team in 2015) and Kayce Haverstick. Both are three-year starting defenders and both lead an abundant class of nine seniors with an additional four redshirt juniors that will guide a talented and veteran-laden squad.
Marquette and Louisville have met twice before, but not since 2014 with the Cardinals when the Cardinals, then-ranked No. 18-nationally, came away with a 12-5 win in Louisville. They lead the all-time series, 2-0.
The Cardinals are coming off a 10-8 season in 2015 after falling to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA tournament. They return four of their top-five scorers, including top-scorer Kaylin Morissette (44g, 18a), who was an IWLCA First Team All-American in 2015.
As a team, Louisville averaged over 12.5 goals per game, while allowing just 9.5 goals against. They must replace starting goalkeeper Ashley Peacock, who accounted for all 18 decisions and finished the year with a 9.39 GAA and .407 save percentage.
Following Saturday’s game, the Golden Eagles will stay on the road to finish out a three-game road trip to start the year. Next up for MU is a trip to Baltimore to face Johns Hopkins on Feb. 13 before taking on Michigan in Ann Arbor on Feb. 21. The Golden Eagles then look forward to their home opener against California on Feb. 26.
• The Cardinals, picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic Coast Conference, enter the 2016 season ranked No. 15 in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll after closing out the 2015 season with a 10-8 overall record (all losses to top-10 opponents) and the No. 18 ranking-nationally. They return eight starters from last year’s squad that fell to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, including top-scorer, 2015 All-American and 2016 Preseason All-ACC selection, Kaylin Morissette, who registered 62 points on 44 goals and 18 assists in 2015, while ranking second in the nation with 10.17 draw controls per game.
• As a team, Louisville averaged 12.56 goals per game, while allowing just 9.50 goals against.
• Louisville holds the all-time edge in the series, claiming victories in both previous meetings. Saturday’s matchup will mark the first time both teams have met since 2014, when the then-No. 18 Cardinals cruised to a 12-5 victory at home.
• After the Cardinals raced ahead to an 8-0 lead at halftime, the Golden Eagles responded by scoring the first four goals of the second half and outscoring Louisville, 5-4, in the second stanza. Then-sophomore goalie Sarah Priem made 10 saves in the final 30 minutes. Five different Golden Eagles found the back of the net, while Louisville was led by then-junior Faye Brust, who tallied four goals and an assist.
GOSLEE A PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SELECTION
• Elizabeth Goslee was the lone Golden Eagle selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team - familiar territory for the senior defender who has twice been named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in her career and was a BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year pick a season ago. In 2015, the Cincinnati, Ohio native became the first Golden Eagle to be named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Second Team following an impressive junior campaign. She led MU with 30 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, ranking fourth in the BIG EAST with a 1.76 CT average.
WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
• In 2015, Marquette held its opponents under 10 goals seven times, which was three more than the season prior. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 7-2, including a 5-2 record last season. MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game. Individually, Elizabeth Goslee (1.76) and Fran Meyer (1.24) ranked fourth and ninth, respectively, in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game.
A TOUGH ROAD ON THE ROAD
• Marquette is faced with the challenge of having five opponents ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll on its 2016 schedule, including four of those matchups away from the friendly confines of Valley Fields. For the first time, the Golden Eagles will begin a season with back-to-back ranked opponents in No. 15 Louisville (Feb. 6) and No. 17 Johns Hopkins (Feb. 13). Also on the docket is No. 5 Northwestern (March 8) and No. 7 Florida (April 13). The lone home game against a preseason ranked opponent is No. 11 Notre Dame (March 28).
MU SUPPORTS PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
• The Golden Eagles have been active supporters of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its fight against pancreatic cancer over the past three years. They will host their fourth annual PanCAN game on Saturday, April 29, against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette Women’s Lacrosse has raised over $30,000 toward research and finding a cure. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at
GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2016 CAPTAINS
• Elizabeth Goslee and Kayce Haversitck were named team captains for the 2016 season - the second straight year both have served in the role and the third for Goslee. Both seniors have started all 51 games in their careers and been defending stalwarts for the Blue and Gold.
• Goslee recorded 30 caused turnovers, 30 ground balls and 16 draw controls in 2015, while Haverstick added 27 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
O’BRIEN, WOMEN’S LACROSSE EARN IWLCA ACADEMIC HONOR
• For the second year-in-a-row, Marquette women’s lacrosse was honored for academic achievement by the IWLCA. The Golden Eagles were one of just 83 NCAA Division I programs recognized with the honor - presented to teams that register a collective team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
• Senior Molly O’Brien was one of 256 student-athletes to make it on the 2015 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes that have achieved at least junior academic status and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
NEWCOMER GAINS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
• Before she even put on a Marquette uniform for the first time, freshman Cate Soccodato had earned the opportunity to play for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic last August. The Syosset, New York native was the youngest player on the team and only one of six Italian-Americans to compete, but she thrived in her first international experience, scoring 12 goals and an assist in six games as Team Italy won four of its six games.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU LACROSSE
• A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette’s lacrosse and soccer programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29, 2015 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU lacrosse. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks and a $40 million capital commitment from Aurora Health Care, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of MU student and professional athletes worldwide. Groundbreaking is planned for sometime in 2017.
The Last Meeting
April 24, 2014
Marquette Falls at No. 18 Louisville, 12-5
Sarah Priem made 10 second-half saves but the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell 12-5 at No. 18 Louisville on Thursday afternoon at U of L Lacrosse Stadium.