Marquette, Johns Hopkins Game Moved to Friday at 1 p.m.

Junior Amanda Bochniak had two assists and four shots in last season's meeting with JHU.
Feb. 11, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 2
Marquette (0-1) at 17/17 Johns Hopkins (0-0) 
Date Friday, Feb. 12 | 1 p.m. CT
Location Homewood Field | Baltimore, Md.
Stats | Video Live Stats | HopkinsSports.com
Social Media @MarquetteWLax  (in-game) |  Facebook
Media Materials Game Notes Get Acrobat Reader  | Supplement/Record Book Get Acrobat Reader 

MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team will face its second straight nationally-ranked opponent and will be seeking its first win of the campaign as it travels to Baltimore to take on 17/17 Johns Hopkins on Friday.

The Last Meeting
Johns Hopkins8  
Marquette72OT
February 8, 2015
Houston, Texas
Women's Lax Falls in 2OT to No. 16/17 Hopkins, 8-7
Claire Costanza's second goal with 18 seconds left in the first overtime forced a second, but the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell to No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Carl Lewis Field in Houston. The game was the first NCAA Division I game played in Houston as part of the UH Women Empowered initiative.

In a matchup originally scheduled for Saturday, both teams have agreed to push up the start time to 1 p.m. Central time due to Saturday’s forecast predicting extreme cold temperatures and high wind chills. Live statistics and video will be available for Friday’s matchup via HopkinsSports.com.

The Golden Eagles are coming off a 14-6 loss at 15/16 Louisville last week. Despite scoring the first goals of each half and the final two goals of the game, MU was unable to slow down a Cardinal offense that was clicking on all cylinders in the second half. UL had three players with hat tricks and held a 17-5 edge in draw controls on the way to the win.

MU received a pair of goals from Hayley Baas, while freshmen Lindsey Willcocks and Grace Gabriel each recorded their first career scores. As a team, the Golden Eagles 27 shots - two shy of their 2015 season-high - and committed just 14 turnovers, but were unable to generate enough offense to overcome a well-rounded Louisville squad.

Marquette and JHU will meet for the third straight year with the Blue Jays taking both previous meetings. In their last matchup, the two teams opened up the 2015 campaign in Houston, Texas as part of the Women Empowered initiative and gave the fans a thrilling, double-overtime show. JHU prevailed with an 8-7 win, leaving the Golden Eagles hungry to return the favor.

JHU enters its 2016 season opener seeking a third straight trip to the NCAA tournament after a 14-4 season a year ago. The Blue Jays return nine starters, including most of its defense that ranked eighth-nationally in fewest goals allowed (7.44) in 2015.

Following Friday’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 Ann Arbor to take on Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 21. It will be the final precursor to their highly-anticipated home opener at Valley Fields against California on Feb. 26.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles lifted the lid on the 2016 campaign with a matchup against 15/16 Louisville on the road. MU’s Hayley Baas scored the game’s first and last goals, but the Cardinals most of the damage in between on the way to a 14-6 victory.

• Louisville featured three players with hat tricks and boasted one of the nation’s best on the draw control, Kaylin Morissette, backing up the claim with a 17-5 edge. Morissette was responsible for 12 draw controls alone.

• Baas’ two goals paced the Golden Eagles offensively, while Allison Lane and Julianna Shearer also found the back of the net, and Grace Gabriel and Lindsey Willcocks netted their first collegiate goals as well.

SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
• The Blue Jays are seeking their third straight trip to the NCAA tournament and have netted 29 wins combined in the previous two seasons, including a 14-4 overall record in 2015. JHU’s success last season was built on having one of the nation’s top defenses as it ranked eighth in scoring defense (7.44 goals allowed) and seventh in save percentage (.481).

• JHU returns all but three starters, including five of its top six scorers with Dene’ DiMartino leading the way after a season in which she scored 52 points on 40 goals and 12 assists. Emily Kenul was second on the team with 44 points on 25 goals and a team-leading 19 assists. The three departures include the third-leading attacker, starting defender and top goalie.

• The Blue Jays are guided by head coach Janine Tucker, who enters her 23rd season as the winningest coach in program history with a combined record of 249-129 (.658), including a 191-113 (.616) mark since the program transitioned from Division III to Division I in 1999.

SERIES HISTORY
• Friday’s matchup will mark the third meeting between the two teams with Johns Hopkins having won both previous meetings.

• Last year, the Golden Eagles and Blue Jays opened the 2015 campaign in Houston, Texas as part of the Women Empowered intiative that brought the first-ever women’s lacrosse game to the city. JHU, ranked 17th-nationally at the time, pulled out the 8-7 win in double-overtime, but not before some late-game heroics by then-junior Claire Costanza, who scored her second goal of the game, tying it at 8-8 with just 14 seconds left in regulation. JHU’s Alexis Mafucci would score the game-winner with 5:27 left in the second overtime.

MARQUETTE TO BE FEATURED ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK IN 2016
• The BIG EAST Digital Network has expanded its live streaming coverage in 2015-16 and Marquette women’s lacrosse is thrilled to be included in those plans as its season finale/Senior Day and PanCAN awareness game against Cincinnati on April 29, will be featured.

• The Golden Eagles and Bearcats will be one of three BIG EAST women’s lacrosse game featured on the network, which is three more than a season ago.

• The other two contests scheduled to be aired on BEDN will be Florida at Georgetown on April 9, and Temple at Villanova on April 20.

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.


 

 

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