Women's Lax Opens 2015 in Houston vs. No. 16/17 Hopkins
Feb. 6, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University Women's Lacrosse team will begin its third season of NCAA Division I play on Sunday, Feb. 8 against No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins at Carl Lewis Field in Houston. The event will mark the first NCAA women's lacrosse game ever played in Houston as part of the University of Houston's Women Empowered initiative.
Live statistics through GameTracker and a free live video stream will be available for Sunday's game on GoMarquette.com. Admission to the event in Houston is $5.
The Golden Eagles return to the field after a 5-12 season and welcome back every starter, including a quartet of returning 2014 All-BIG EAST Conference Second Team selections in defender Elizabeth Goslee, midfielder Hayley Baas, goalie Sarah Priem and attack Amanda Bochniak. Goslee enters the 2015 campaign as the BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a unanimous all-league selection.
Johns Hopkins, which currently sits at No. 16 in the IWLCA Coaches Poll, features junior midfielder Dene' DiMartino, a team co-captain, as well as a two-time IWLCA All Mid-Atlantic and American Lacrosse Conference selection. DiMartino is the Blue Jays active career scoring leader with 94 points and 84 goals. JHU's other co-captain, goalie KC Emerson posted a career-best 7.07 goals against average with a .479 save percentage and 9-1 record in 2014.
Head coach Janine Tucker enters her 22nd campaign with JHU, where she has accumulated a 235-125 record (.652) and led the Blue Jays to four NCAA Division I Championship appearances. The Blue Jays are playing as an independent this season after playing in the now-dissolved American Lacrosse Conference since 1999.
Last year, both teams squared-off in the season opener which resulted in 16-2 victory for Johns Hopkins. JHU's Jen Cook led the Blue Jays with seven points on five goals and a pair of assists, while then-freshmen Bochniak and Julianna Shearer scored MU's two goals in Baltimore.
The Blue Jays ranked sixth nationally in 2014 by allowing just 7.40 goals per contest and must replace attacker Taylor D'Amore, the nation's leader in points per game (5.25) and assists (53; 2.65/game).
Following Sunday's game, the Golden Eagles will travel to Boulder, Colorado to take on Colorado on Feb. 14 before hosting their first home game of the season on National Marquette Day, Saturday, Feb. 21, against preseason No. 5 Northwestern.
GOSLEE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN AND ALL-BIG EAST
• The preseason accolades have come in fast and furious for junior defender Elizabeth Goslee since the Cincinnati, Ohio native was named an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by the publication in early December. Goslee, a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, was also named preseason all-conference unanimously and shared BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors with Georgetown's Adrianne Devine and Florida's Caroline Fitzgerald.
GOSLEE ON 2014-15 US LACROSSE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
• Elizabeth Goslee was named to the 38-player roster for the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team in mid-June, as one of 10 defenders on the squad. Players were selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool, and were evaluated by the Team USA coaching staff, led by Georgetown's Ricky Fried. The team trained and competed in several exhibition events, the most recent of which was the 10th annual Champions Challenge on Jan. 17-18 in Naples, Florida against Maryland and Syracuse. The U.S. team is competing as part of its training in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England.
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 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, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.
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 two years and will host their third annual Pan Can game on Saturday, April 18 at 5 p.m. when the squad welcomes Georgetown to Hart Park in Wauwatosa as part of a doubleheader with the men. Marquette raised over $10,000 in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer last season and has raised over $12,000 in 2014. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
LONG ROAD TRIP FOLLOWED BY FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND
• Marquette will spend its spring break in California on March 8-15 for the second time in its first three seasons with games at UC Davis, St. Mary's and USC. Including a Feb. 28 game at Duquesne, the Golden Eagles will follow up that four-game road stretch with a season-long four game homestand in March, its longest in program history. The Golden Eagles will welcome Michigan, Detroit, Notre Dame and Villanova to Valley Fields from March 20-28.
Molly O'Brien BLAZES NEW TRAIL FOR MU WOMEN'S LAX
• As a defensive midfielder junior Molly O'Brien knows she needs to get on and off the field quickly during shifts. The Winnetka, Illinois, native has carried over that speed to Marquette's track and field team and has competed in three indoor track meets already this winter for the Golden Eagles. At the John Tierney Triangular on Jan. 23 O'Brien took home first place in the 60-meter dash, posting a mark of 7.88 seconds, the ninth-fastest time in Marquette history.
MARQUETTE RETURNING EXPERIENCE IN 2015
• The Golden Eagles bring back 26 players from last year's 5-12 team, including all 12 starters. Out of 38 women on the roster, 25 are either sophomores or juniors. Eight players, Claire Costanza, Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason, Molly O'Brien, Elizabeth Goslee, Jacqueline Borzillo, Sarah Priem, and Kayce Haverstick have either started or played all 34 games in Marquette women's lacrosse history. In addition, three sophomores, Amanda Bochniak, Taylor Smith, and Fran Meyer either started or played in all 17 games in 2014.
WITH EXPERIENCE COMES EFFICIENCY
• Junior Claire Costanza led Marquette in points and assists in both her freshman and sophomore years. In 2013 she accounted for almost 30 percent of the Golden Eagles' points, while in 2014 she saw her offensive share drop to 22 percent, but the Blue and Gold totaled 54 more points in 2014. This was due to the emergence of sophomore Amanda Bochniak (22g, 20a in 2014), junior midfielder Hayley Baas (22g, 26gb in 2014), and sophomore Julianna Shearer, who notched 15 points in just seven games. This offensive group committed 100 less turnovers in 2014 (282) compared to 2013 (383).
BAAS, COLEMAN, GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2015 CAPTAINS
• Marquette's captains Hayley Baas, Jenaye Coleman, Elizabeth Goslee, and Kayce Haversitck all served in the leadership position together in 2014. Coleman, a junior, has been a captain since the inception of the Golden Eagles' program in 2013. Coleman, Goslee, and Haverstick started all 17 games together on defense and forced opponents to shoot 100 less shots in 2014 (308) than they did in 2013 (409).
CHANGING LANDSCAPE IN BIG EAST CONFERENCE
• This season Vanderbilt and Florida have been added to the BIG EAST, rounding out the conferences competitors at eight schools. This addition represents a ramp up in strength of schedule for the Golden Eagles. According to the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll a pair of BIG EAST squads, Florida (No. 3) and Georgetown (No. 17) are ranked to start the 2015 campaign. Marquette will also face No. 8 Northwestern and No. 19 Johns Hopkins in the month of February, while welcoming No. 9 Notre Dame to Milwaukee in March to prepare for what will be a tough BIG EAST slate.
MARQUETTE SIGNS EIGHT 2015 SENIORS TO NLIS
• Eight current high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent this past fall and will suit up for the Golden Eagles in the spring of 2016:
- Holly Anderson (M, Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central)
- Carly Colman (A, Needham, Mass./Needham)
- Logan Dobratz (M, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North)
- Grace Gabriel (M, Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central)
- Catelyn Soccodato (A/M, Huntington, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy)
- Abigail Squirrell (M, Ossining, N.Y./Ossining)
- Kaitlyn Viviano (D, West Islip, N.Y./West Islip)
- Lindsey Willcocks (D/M, Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor)
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