Marquette Opens 2018 on the Road at Hopkins, Louisville

Feb. 8, 2018

2018 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 1
Marquette (0-0 BIG EAST) at #22 Johns Hopkins (0-0, 0-0 Big Ten) 
Date Friday, Feb. 9 | 1 p.m. CT
Location Homewood Field | Baltimore, Md.
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2018 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 2
Marquette (0-0 BIG EAST) at Louisville (0-0, 0-0 ACC) 
Date Sunday, Feb. 11 | 12 p.m. CT
Location UoL Lacrosse Stadium | Louisville, Ky.
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MILWAUKEE -- The Golden Eagles open their sixth season of competition in Baltimore on Friday when it travels to No. 22 Johns Hopkins.

The Last Meeting
Johns Hopkins12
Marquette10
February 18, 2017
Valley Fields
MU Drops Tight Battle to No. 17 Johns Hopkins, 12-10
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team dropped its third-straight game to a top-20 opponent to open the season as No. 17 Johns Hopkins held on for the 12-10 in inside the Valley Fields Dome on Saturday.

The Last Meeting
Louisville13
Marquette12
February 10, 2017
Valley Fields
MU Falls Short in Upset Bid of #18 Louisville, 13-12
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell just short in a bid to upset its first top-20 opponent as No. 18 Louisville outlasted the Golden Eagles, 13-12, in the season and home opener inside the new Valley Fields Dome on Friday.

First draw is set for 1 p.m. Central time at historic Homewood Field. Live stats and video are available via HopkinsSports.com.

MU will stay on the road for a Sunday matchup at Louisville, beginning at 12 p.m. CT, before returning home to begin a program-record nine-game home schedule against Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 16.

Marquette is coming off its most productive offensive season in school history in 2017 when it scored 219 goals in 17 games, an increase of more than two goals per game from the previous season. Julianna Shearer, now graduated, was the BIG EAST’s top goal scorer after notching a school record 55 goals. She and top returning scorer, Grace Gabriel (41 goals in ‘17), were First Team All-BIG EAST honorees. Both were also named All-West/Midwest Region in 2017.

Also returning are seniors Riley Hill and Allison Lane, who combined for 45 goals a season ago.

Returning to the Golden Eagles is decorated defender Biz Goslee to lead the defense. She’ll welcome the services of top-leading defender, senior Alex Gambacorta, who recorded 20-plus ground balls and caused turnovers in 2017.

Johns Hopkins was picked to finish fourth in the Big Ten and returns Emily Kenul, who was an all-league selection after totaling 23 goals, 15 assists, 39 draws and 11 caused turnovers despite missing four games due to injury.

Louisville returns just three starters from a season ago and lost a majority of its offensive output. Its top returner is Madison Hoover, who totaled five goals and 20 assists last season.

Marquette is winless in eight combined tries against JHU and Louisville all-time. However, MU came close in each matchup last season in Milwaukee, falling by a combined three goals, including a heartbreaking 13-12 setback to the Cardinals.

Following opening weekend, the Golden Eagles prepare for their home opener against Central Michigan Feb. 16.


NINE HOME GAMES HIGHLIGHT 2018
• Marquette will host a program-record nine home games this season. That’s three more than last year and one more than its previous high of eight back in 2016 when it went 5-3 at Valley Fields.

• The Golden Eagles will hose three games in the month of February alone, taking advantage of its most useful tool, the Valley Dome. Additionally, it will host five BIG EAST opponents, including the league opener vs. Cincinnati (March 18) and the regular season finale, senior day and PanCAN game vs. UConn (April 28).


RANKED OPPONENTS
• According to the recently released IWLCA Preseason Top-25 poll, MU will face off against four ranked opponents in 2018, starting with No. 22 Johns Hopkins in the season opener on Friday. The Golden Eagles will also travel to No. 15 Notre Dame (Feb. 28) and No. 11 Northwestern (March 10). Denver, which visits Milwaukee on April 18, is the only team outside the top-25 currently receiving votes.


DRAW CONTROLS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
• In each of the previous two BIG EAST seasons, MU has won four conference games after winning only one in each of the two seasons prior. One reason why has been the team’s improvement in the draw circle.

• As a team, MU has gone from just 8.65 draws per game in 2015 - last in the league - to a whopping 14.71 in 2017, which ranked second in the league and 15th in the nation.

• Additionally, the Golden Eagles have boasted the BIG EAST’s leader in draws per game in each of the past two seasons. Last season, Grace Gabriel set the Marquette record with 81 total draws and led the league with 5.67 draws per game following a 2016 campaign that saw Allison Lane lead the BIG EAST with 3.43 draws per contest.


FORMER STANDOUT GOSLEE RETURNS TO GUIDE DEFENSE
• Goslee (’16), who will assume defensive coordinator responsibilities, returns to Marquette following a decorated four-year career in which she started all 68 games and left as MU’s all-time leader in career caused turnovers. She was a two-time IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Second Team selection, a three-time All-BIG EAST and BIG EAST All-Academic honoree, a three-time team captain, and four-time team Hustle Award recipient.


GABRIEL UNANIMOUS PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SELECTION
• Last season’s BIG EAST leader in draw controls per game (5.67) was one of eight unanimous selections to the Preseason All-BIG EAST squad. Gabriel tallied a team record 81 draws in 2017 to go along with a career-high 41 goals, which ranked right behind Julianna Shearer’s (’17) BIG EAST record of 55 goals scored.


THREE APRIL GAMES GET TV TREATMENT
• With the growth of lacrosse sweeping the nation, the television interest continues to surge. Marquette will have three April games highlighted this season. Spectrum Sports will air two home games with matchups vs. Denver (April 18) and senior day vs. UConn (April 28).

• In addition, the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX Sports GO will air Marquette’s road contest at Georgetown (April 21).


WOMEN’S LAX WINS IWLCA TEAM AWARENESS AWARD
• The Marquette women’s lacrosse program was presented the IWLCA-Nike Team Community Awareness Award at the organization’s annual 2017 Honors Banquet at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in November.

• The award recognizes outstanding contributions by one team from each division on their campus and in their local community.

• Marquette compiled the most community service hours (671.5) of any Division I women’s lacrosse program during the 2016-17 academic year, spanning more than 20 service events such as Al’s Run, Stuff the Truck, Turkey Palooza and many PanCAN-related events throughout the Milwaukee community.


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 Friday, April 28, against UConn at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette Women’s Lacrosse has raised over $50,000 toward research and finding a cure.


LANE, GABRIEL, DOBRATZ NAMED 2018 TEAM CAPTAINS
• First-time captains Grace Gabriel and Logan Dobratz join two-time honoree Allison Lane as a the team’s leadership trio in 2018. Lane is a two-time All-BIG EAST honoree, while Gabriel was a unanimous first team selection and Third Team All-West/Midwest Region pick in 2017.


GOLDEN EAGLES EARN FOURTH-STRAIGHT IWLCA ACADEMIC HONOR
• For the fourth consecutive year, MU was honored for academic achievement by the IWLCA. The Golden Eagles were one of 99 NCAA Division I programs recognized with the honor - presented to teams that register a collective team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.


2018 SUMMER CAMP DATES ANNOUNCED
• Head coach Meredith Black, her staff and a select group of qualified coaches and players will host the team’s annual summer camp (July 11-13). The options range from day camp for sixth graders and younger to elite overnight opportunities for 7th-12th graders. For more information, visit the team’s camp page here: https://marquettesportscamps.com/womenslacrosse/summer-camps.php


NEW APRC TO PROVIDE LACROSSE LOCKER ROOMS
• On Dec. 11, 2017, Marquette University’s Board of Trustees approved groundbreaking on the first phase of construction for the athletic performance research center (APRC), which will be strategically located near the southwest corner of West Wells Street and 12th Street, across from the Al McGuire Center and just north of Marquette’s Zilber Hall.

• The new space will be another major resource for the Marquette lacrosse programs as phase one will include locker rooms and support space for both men’s and women’s programs and the golf team. The facility will also house additional strength and conditioning spaces for the athletic department.

• In January 2017, Marquette constructed its seasonal dome, which serves both lacrosse programs, as well as thousands of students, club and intramural sports.


 

 

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