Feb. 9, 2017
|2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 1
|Marquette (0-0) vs. No. 18 Louisville (1-0)
||Friday, Feb. 10 | 3 p.m. CT
||Valley Fields Dome | Milwaukee
|Stats | Video
||GameTracker | Live Stream: GoMarquette.com
||@MarquetteWLax (in-game) | Facebook
MILWAUKEE - Marquette will open its fifth season of competition on Friday when it plays host to No. 18 Louisville in the first-ever women's lacrosse season opener at Valley Fields.
The Last Meeting
February 6, 2016
No. 15 Louisville Takes Season Opener, 14-6
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team scored first in each half, but host No. 15/16 Louisville controlled play throughout en route to a 14-6 season-opening win inside the UofL Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday.
First draw is scheduled for a 3 p.m. Central time start inside the newly retrofitted dome over the west field turf at Valley Fields. A free live stream of the contest will be available via GoMarquette.com. Live stats via GameTracker will also be provided.
The Golden Eagles registered a program-record seven wins in 2016, including a 5-3 record at home, and tied for third place in the BIG EAST standings. Three players were named to the All-BIG EAST squads as Allison Lane and Elizabeth Goslee were first teamers and Julianna Shearer collected second team accolades after setting program records with 36 goals and 46 draw controls.
Marquette improved its scoring average by nearly three goals from 2015 to 2016 and returns its top-four scoring threats, led by Shearer's 40 points in 2016. Amanda Bochniak tied for the team lead in points with a team-best 24 assists, while Lane and Riley Hill finished with 39 and 36 points, respectively.
The Golden Eagles will also get back the services of senior attacker Claire Costanza, who missed all of 2016 with a knee injury after leading MU in 2015 with 46 points on 21 goals and 25 assists.
Louisville returns seven starters from a 2016 squad that qualified for a third-straight NCAA tournament berth and finished with a No. 15 ranking according to IWLCA. The Cardinals will be led by Hannah Koloski, who totaled 43 goals and two assists last season and was an All-West/Midwest Region choice. She scored three times in the team's season-opening 19-8 win over Vermont on Feb. 4.
Friday's match-up marks the fourth-ever meeting between both squads with the Cardinals holding the 3-0 edge in the series. Louisville defeated Marquette with a 14-6 victory at home in the 2016 opener.
Following Friday's action, MU will travel to No. 8 Notre Dame for a date with the Irish on Valentine's Day followed by No. 20 Johns Hopkins at Valley Fields on National Marquette Day, Feb. 18.
• The Cardinals entered the 2017 season ranked No. 18 in the IWLCA Preseason Top-20, while receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse preseason rankings. They opened the regular season with a convincing 19-8 victory over Vermont on Feb. 4.
• Louisville returns seven starters from a 2016 squad that qualified for a third-straight NCAA tournament berth and finished with a No. 15 ranking according to IWLCA. The Cardinals are led by Hannah Koloski, who totaled 43 goals and two assists last season and was an All-West/Midwest Region choice.
• In the Cardinals' 19-8 win over Vermont, they fired off 51 shots, while holding the Catamounts to just 19. The Cardinals had four players register hat tricks with McKayla Conti leading all scorers with six goals. Meghan Siverson added five scores, while Hannah Koloski and Heidi Smith chipped in three apiece. Stephanie McNamera recorded three ground balls and five caused turnovers en route to earning ACC Defender of the Week honors. Brittany Read made six saves in goal for the win.
• Friday's season opener will mark the fourth meeting all-time against the Cardinals, who hold a 3-0 edge in the series, but just the first meeting in Milwaukee.
• Louisville enters the matchup against MU with an IWCLA Top-20 ranking for the third time in four meetings, coming in at No. 18 in the Preseason Division I poll. Last season, the Cardinals were ranked No. 15 prior to a 14-6 win over MU in the season and home opener.
• Hayley Baas got MU out to an early 1-0 lead in that meeting, scoring just 2:49 into the contest. However, Louisville would respond with seven of the next eight goals on the way to an eight-goal victory. The Cardinals held a commanding edge in draws (17-5) and outshot MU, 35-27. Baas finished with two scores, while four other Golden Eagles also reached the back of the net.
FREE WINTER HATS TO FIRST 150 AT FRIDAY'S OPENER
• Everyone in attendance to Friday's season and home opener against Louisville will receive a free 2017 schedule poster with the first 150 fans eligible for a free Marquette Lacrosse winter hat. Other promotions featured at Friday's game will be MVP (Most Valuable Professor/Faculty Appreciation) Day where free admission is offered to all Marquette faculty and staff and $2 tickets for their family members.
• Ticket window opens 60 minutes prior to the start of each home contest.
MORE MILESTONE ACHIEVEMENTS ON THE HORIZON
• Entering the 2017 season, there had only been two players to register 100 career points. Hayley Baas concluded her senior season in 2016 with 103 career points, including a program-record 88 goals. After missing last season due to a knee injury, senior Claire Costanza returns in 2017 as the program's leading scorer with 129 career points, including 60 goals and a program-record 69 assists.
• Looking to add their name to the century club will be Amanda Bochniak, who enters 2017 with 84 points on 38 goals and 46 assists after finishing last season tied for the team-high 40 points on a team-leading 24 assists. Julianna Shearer, who also recorded 40 points a season ago, is just 38 points shy of reaching 100 career points, entering this season with 60 goals and eight assists.
RANKED TEAMS GALORE TO START THE YEAR
• Marquette will once again welcome a daunting non-conference schedule, which features four teams in the IWLCA Preseason Top-20 rankings. The Golden Eagles will kick off the 2017 campaign with three-straight Top-18 opponents in No. 18 Louisville, No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 20 Johns Hopkins.
• The schedule also features a pair of first-time opponents in Kennesaw State (Feb. 28) and Butler (April 22), which will play its first-ever season in 2017 as members of the BIG EAST Conference, joining fellow first-year member, Denver.
OFFENSE LOOKS TO BUILD OFF PROMISING 2016
• The Golden Eagles broke out in a big way offensively during the 2016 season, increasing its scoring average by nearly three goals per game more than in 2015. MU averaged 10.41 goals per contest and reached double digits in goals nine times, going 6-3 in those games, including a record-breaking 17-4 win over Central Michigan that set the program-mark for goals in a game and tied the mark for fewest goals allowed.
• The team's goal differential took a drastic step forward as well, finishing even, as the team scored 177 goals and allowed the same amount. It was a positive gain of 41 after the team scored just 128 goals in 2015, while allowing 169.
WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
• After allowing just 9.76 goals per game in 2015, Marquette took a slight step backward with a goals against average of 10.41 in 2016, but it ranked second in the BIG EAST and 10th-nationally with 11.35 caused turnovers per game.
• The Golden Eagles were 6-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 2016 and are 15-3 all-time in such occurrences.
LANE, SHEARER NAMED TO PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST TEAM
• Marquette earned two on the 15-member Preseason All-BIG EAST squad in the form of junior midfielder Allison Lane and senior attacker Julianna Shearer.
• Lane was a unanimous selection and for good reason following a breakout season that led to her first First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2016. She finished her sophomore campaign with 33 goals and 45 draw controls.
• Shearer was named a Second Team All-BIG EAST pick after setting program records with 36 goals and 46 draw controls. She scored in all but two games for the Golden Eagles last season, including 13 multi-goal performances and five games of three or more scores.
MARQUETTE TO BE FEATURED ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK IN 2017
• The BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX SportsGo has expanded its live streaming coverage yet again in 2016-17 with Marquette's match-up against Florida (April 5) being one of three league contests to be featured on the network in addition to the BIG EAST tournament.
• The other two regular season contests on BEDN are Temple at Georgetown (April 1) and UConn at Villanova (April 22). Both semifinal games and the championship during the BIG EAST tournament (May 4-6) will also be streamed live.
MARQUETTE ADDS SEASONAL DOME OVER VALLEY FIELDS TURF
• Marquette University has installed a $3.6 million seasonal dome at Valley Fields, providing a climate-controlled competition and training space for Marquette Lacrosse and the other 14 intercollegiate athletic programs at Marquette. The structure will stay up during the winter months and is scheduled to be removed in the spring.
• The seasonal dome was fitted over the middle FieldTurf Revolution 360 field, which was installed in the summer of 2016 and was the site for all eight MU women's lacrosse games last season.
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 29, against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette Women's Lacrosse has raised over $30,000 toward research and finding a cure. To donate, please click the following link and help us combat this terrible disease: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan.
MARQUETTE'S THRILLING TOUR ACROSS ITALY
• The Golden Eagles took the program's first-ever trip abroad last June when they embarked on a 10-day tour of Italy. The itinerary included a breathtaking journey across the country with visits to Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome and Montecatini Terme, where the team played a pair of exhibition contests against the England National Team.
• For a memorable recap of the team's excursions, visit our blog: http://go.mu.edu/RingOutItalia.
FOUR NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS FOR 2017
• Marquette will have new leadership in 2017 as a quartet of Golden Eagles were given the distinct honor. Serving as team captains this season as announced by head coach Meredith Black are seniors Fran Meyer, Taylor Smith and Meghan Wilson as well as junior Allison Lane.
BORZILLO NAMED NEW DIRECTOR OF LAX OPS
• A new position was added to the women's lacrosse coaching staff and it's a familiar face in 2016 graduate Jacqueline Borzillo, who rejoined the program in September as the Director of Lacrosse Operations following a four-year playing career with the Golden Eagles.
MARQUETTE EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT IWLCA ACADEMIC HONOR
• For the third consecutive year, Marquette was honored for academic achievement by the IWLCA. The Golden Eagles were one of 93 NCAA Division I programs recognized with the honor - presented to teams that register a collective team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
• Individually, graduates Molly O'Brien, Lauren Hooker and Sarah Priem were all named to the 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. For O'Brien, it was her second time earning the award.