Marquette, Johns Hopkins Game Moved to Friday at 1 p.m.
Feb. 11, 2016
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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.
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