Women's Lax Set to Face Colorado on Saturday
Feb. 12, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team has its sights set on its first win of the season against the University of Colorado in a non-conference road test scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 14, at Kittredge Field overlooking Boulder's Flatiron Mountains. It will be the Golden Eagles' first true road test of the season as they do battle with the Buffs in the first-ever meeting between both teams.
Live statistics through GameTracker and a free live video stream courtesy of CUBuffs.com will be available for Saturday's game. Links can be found on GoMarquette.com.
Marquette is coming off a heartbreaking, 8-7, double-overtime setback to No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 8. MU's Claire Costanza tallied two goals, including a first-half score that gave the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead and an overtime goal that tied it at 7-7 with just 18 seconds remaining. JHU's Alexis Maffucci scored her second of the game just 33 seconds into the sudden-death second overtime to put an end to an entertaining match-up. MU goalie Sarah Priem made eight saves in net for MU as JHU narrowly outshot the Golden Eagles, 27-23.
The game was the first to be played in Houston, Texas as part of the UH Women Empowered initiative. The live stream drew more than 2,600 viewers to GoMarquette.com, which resulted in one of the most widely-watched non-basketball online events in Marquette history.
Colorado, entering its second season as an NCAA member program, fell to No. 19 Denver, 10-6, earlier this week after leading 5-2 at halftime. Johnna Fusco, the team's leading scorer from a year ago, tallied three goals - all coming in the first half. Goalie Paige Soenksen made seven saves in net as Denver outshot the Buffs, 20-19.
Despite suffering opening day setbacks, both young programs enter Saturday with great promise after close results to high-caliber opponents.
Following Saturday's game, the Golden Eagles will return to Milwaukee for their 2015 home opener against No. 5 Northwestern on National Marquette Day, Saturday, Feb. 21.
LAST TIME OUT
Marquette made some positive strides in their season opener against No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins, nearly avenging a 16-2 loss to the Blue Jays from the previous year. MU's Claire Costanza put the Golden Eagles ahead, 1-0, at the 18:12 mark of the first half before both teams entered halftime tied, 3-3. An even battle all the way through, the game would head to overtime, knotted up at 5-5, thanks to goals by MU's Taylor Smith and Emily Donovan in the final 6:05. Johns Hopkins took a 7-5 lead in the first overtime and led 7-6 with less than a minute to go. Costanza scored her second of the day with just 18 seconds remaining in the first overtime to bring the Houston crowd to their feet. Unfortunately, JHU's Alexis Maffucci's sudden-death goal 33 seconds in put the game away and sent the crowd of nearly 700 home having received their money's worth.
SCOUTING THE BUFFALOES
The University of Colorado enters the weekend 0-1 overall, 0-1 in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation play, following a 10-6 loss to No. 19 Denver in the season opener on Wednesday. The Buffs, who compete in their second season as a program, led the highly-touted Pioneers, 5-2, at halftime. However, a seasoned Denver squad responded by outscoring their counterparts 8-1 in the second half to earn the road win. Colorado was led by its leading scorer from a year ago, Johnna Fusco, who tallied three goals on seven shots with all three of her scores coming in the first half.
Paige Soenksen, who is the reigning MPSF Rookie of the Year, made seven saves in net. She started all 19 games a season ago, finishing second in the nation with 203 saves to go along with a .525 save percentage to lead CU to 11 wins in their first-ever season.
The Buffs are led by head coach Ann Elliott, who enters her second season at the helm. She guided CU to an 11-8 overall record a season ago, including a 6-3 mark in conference play. Elliott was a four-year standout defender at Northwestern, where she led the Wildcats to three consecutive national championships from 2005-07.
GOSLEE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN AND ALL-BIG EAST
The preseason accolades have come in fast and furious for junior defender Elizabeth Goslee since the Cincinnati, Ohio native was named an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by the publication in early December. Goslee, a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, was also named preseason all-conference unanimously and shared BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors with Georgetown's Adrianne Devine and Florida's Caroline Fitzgerald.
GOSLEE ON 2014-15 US LACROSSE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Elizabeth Goslee was named to the 38-player roster for the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team in mid-June, as one of 10 defenders on the squad. Players were selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool, and were evaluated by the Team USA coaching staff, led by Georgetown's Ricky Fried. The team trained and competed in several exhibition events, the most recent of which was the 10th annual Champions Challenge on Jan. 17-18 in Naples, Florida against Maryland and Syracuse. The U.S. team is competing as part of its training in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU LACROSSE
A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette's lacrosse and soccer programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU lacrosse. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.
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 third annual Pan Can game on Saturday, April 18 at 5 p.m. when the squad welcomes Georgetown to Hart Park in Wauwatosa as part of a doubleheader with the men. Marquette raised over $10,000 in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer last season and has raised over $12,000 in 2014. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
Molly O'Brien BLAZES NEW TRAIL FOR MU WOMEN'S LAX
As a defensive midfielder junior Molly O'Brien knows she needs to get on and off the field quickly during shifts. The Winnetka, Illinois, native has carried over that speed to Marquette's track and field team and has competed in three indoor track meets already this winter for the Golden Eagles. At the John Tierney Triangular on Jan. 23 O'Brien took home first place in the 60-meter dash, posting a mark of 7.88 seconds, the ninth-fastest time in Marquette history.
MARQUETTE RETURNING EXPERIENCE IN 2015
The Golden Eagles bring back 26 players from last year's 5-12 team, including all 12 starters. Out of 38 women on the roster, 25 are either sophomores or juniors. Eight players, Claire Costanza, Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason, Molly O'Brien, Elizabeth Goslee, Jacqueline Borzillo, Sarah Priem, and Kayce Haverstick have either started or played all 34 games in Marquette women's lacrosse history. In addition, three sophomores, Amanda Bochniak, Taylor Smith, and Fran Meyer either started or played in all 17 games in 2014.
WITH EXPERIENCE COMES EFFICIENCY
Junior Claire Costanza led Marquette in points and assists in both her freshman and sophomore years. In 2013 she accounted for almost 30 percent of the Golden Eagles' points, while in 2014 she saw her offensive share drop to 22 percent, but the Blue and Gold totaled 54 more points in 2014. This was due to the emergence of sophomore Amanda Bochniak (22g, 20a in 2014), junior midfielder Hayley Baas (22g, 26gb in 2014), and sophomore Julianna Shearer, who notched 15 points in just seven games. This offensive group committed 100 less turnovers in 2014 (282) compared to 2013 (383).
LONG ROAD TRIP FOLLOWED BY FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND
Marquette will spend its spring break in California on March 8-15 for the second time in its first three seasons with games at UC Davis, St. Mary's and USC. Including a Feb. 28 game at Duquesne, the Golden Eagles will follow up that four-game road stretch with a season-long four game homestand in March, its longest in program history. The Golden Eagles will welcome Michigan, Detroit, Notre Dame and Villanova to Valley Fields from March 20-28.
BAAS, COLEMAN, GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2015 CAPTAINS
Marquette's captains Hayley Baas, Jenaye Coleman, Elizabeth Goslee, and Kayce Haversitck all served in the leadership position together in 2014. Coleman, a junior, has been a captain since the inception of the Golden Eagles' program in 2013. Coleman, Goslee, and Haverstick started all 17 games together on defense and forced opponents to shoot 100 less shots in 2014 (308) than they did in 2013 (409).
CHANGING LANDSCAPE IN BIG EAST CONFERENCE
This season Vanderbilt and Florida have been added to the BIG EAST, rounding out the conferences competitors at eight schools. This addition represents a ramp up in strength of schedule for the Golden Eagles. According to the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll a pair of BIG EAST squads, Florida (No. 3) and Georgetown (No. 17) are ranked to start the 2015 campaign. Marquette will also face No. 8 Northwestern and No. 19 Johns Hopkins in the month of February, while welcoming No. 9 Notre Dame to Milwaukee in March to prepare for what will be a tough BIG EAST slate.
MARQUETTE SIGNS EIGHT 2015 SENIORS TO NLIs
Eight current high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent this past fall and will suit up for the Golden Eagles in the spring of 2016:
- Holly Anderson (M, Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central)
- Carly Colman (A, Needham, Mass./Needham)
- Logan Dobratz (M, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North)
- Grace Gabriel (M, Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central)
- Catelyn Soccodato (A/M, Huntington, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy)
- Abigail Squirrell (M, Ossining, N.Y./Ossining)
- Kaitlyn Viviano (D, West Islip, N.Y./West Islip)
- Lindsey Willcocks (D/M, Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor)
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