Feb. 12, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team begins its second season of NCAA Division I competition on Saturday, Feb. 15 against Johns Hopkins at historic Homewood Field in Baltimore.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a 2-15 inaugural season and return every starter from 2013, including sophomore goalie Sarah Priem, voted the squad’s most valuable player as a first-year starter. Marquette will again face both of the programs it earned victories over in 2013 (Detroit and Coastal Carolina) and will play a total of 12 of the same opponents as last season.
Four players notched at least 18 goals for MU during its first season of competition, led by freshman Kenzie Brown’s 24, while classmate and 2014 team captain Hayley Baas also topped the 20-goal plateau with 21. Returning sophomore Claire Costanza added 22 helpers on the season and was one of the NCAA’s assist leaders during most of 2013.
Johns Hopkins, which is receiving votes in the IWCLA Coaches Poll, returns seven starters from a squad that went 10-7 in 2013 and finished fourth in the American Lacrosse Conference. Leading scorer Taylor D’Amore (29 goals, 49 assists) returns while the Blue Jays will have to overcome the loss of starting goalie Larash Cosette (9-7, 10.41, .401).
Head coach Janine Tucker will coach her 21st season on the sidelines for JHU, where she has compiled an overall record of 220-120 (.647) and helped the Blue Jays to three NCAA Division I Championship appearances.
Live statistics through GameTracker and a free live video stream will be provided for Saturday’s game on HopkinsSports.com.
MARYVALE PREP TEAMMATES MEET AT HOMEWOOD FIELD
Marquette freshman attack Amanda Bochniak will face a former high school teammate in fellow freshman Caroline Federico, a goalie for Johns Hopkins. The duo teamed together at nearby Maryvale Prep in Brooklandville, Md., where they each earned first team all-star honors from the Towson Times as seniors. Federico was also named a US Lacrosse First Team All-American. Marquette freshman Julianna Shearer (Westminster, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) and sophomore Kenzie Brown (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) are also making a return to their home area for Saturday’s game.
MARQUETTE CONTINUES TOUGH SCHEDULING
The Golden Eagles faced six squads ranked in the IWLCA Top 20 during their inaugural season, including a run of five-straight opponents to end the year. As of the Feb. 10, 2014 coaches poll, MU will play six teams this season that are either ranked or receiving votes, including No. 4 Northwestern (Feb. 25) in the second game of the year.
APRIL 19 GAME VERSUS VILLANOVA MOVED TO HART PARK
The April 19 game against Villanova has been moved from noon to 11 a.m. CT and will be played at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. (7300 W. Chestnut St., 53213). The game will be part of a BIG EAST Conference twinbill in which the MU men’s program will face Georgetwon follwing the women’s game at 2 p.m. CT.
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 PanCan awareness game on Friday, March 28 against Cincinnati. Marquette raised over $10,000 in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer last season. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
COSTANZA EXCELS IN SET-UP ROLE
Sophomore Claire Costanza led the Golden Eagles with 22 assists as a freshman and ranked in the top 60 of NCAA Division I in the category. She was also 52nd in assists per game at 1.29 per contest. The Webster, N.Y. native led MU in total points (40) with 18 goals in addition to her squad-high assist total.
GOLDEN EAGLES PREPARED FOR FIRST BIG EAST SEASON
After playing its inaugural 2013 campaign as an NCAA Division I Independent, the Marquette women’s lacrosse team will join the rest of MU’s intercollegiate athletic programs as full members of the BIG EAST Conference in 2014. The Golden Eagles played every team in the league last season, despite not being part of the conference, and will face 12 of the same opponents from 2013 in 2014. They are now eligible for the BIG EAST Championship which will be held May 1-3 in Washington, D.C.
TWO NEW ASSISTANT COACHES BEGIN MU CAREERS
Veteran assistant coach Caitlin Powderly and collegiate coaching newcomer Jordy Kirr join the Golden Eagles for their first campaigns in 2014. Powderly (University of New England, 2004) has spent parts of the last decade coaching at Drexel, Franklin and Marshall College, Brown, Clarkson, Hamilton College, in the United Kingdom and at her alma mater. Kirr, a 2011 graduate of Georgetown, was a four-time All-BIG EAST performer with the Hoyas and left the program as its all-time leader in assists.
PRIEM ASKED TO STAND TALL IN NET
Marquette goalkeeper Sarah Priem, ranked as one of the top-25 goalies in the high school class of 2012 by ESPN, started all of MU’s games as a freshman and was among the NCAA’s saves leaders. The Berwyn, Pa., native tied for 18th in NCAA Division I with 137 saves as the Golden Eagles’ opponents held a 409-207 edge in shots on goal. Priem also led MU with 41 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers and was 19th in the NCAA in saves per game with 8.06 per contest.
BAAS, COLEMAN, GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2014 CAPTAINS
Sophomores Hayley Baas, Elizabeth Goslee and Kayce Haverstick along with redshirt sophomore Jenaye Coleman were all selected as team captains for the 2014 season. Coleman is the lone two-time captain after serving in the same role during MU’s inaugural season.