Women's Lacrosse
Marquette Begins Inaugural Season in South Carolina Friday

Head coach Meredith Black will lead MU into its first campaign.

Head coach Meredith Black will lead MU into its first campaign.

Feb. 13, 2013

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at Winthrop (0-0, 0-0 Big South)
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Eagle Field | Rock Hill, S.C.
Friday, Feb. 15
5 p.m. CT

at Coastal Carolina (0-0, 0-0 Big South)
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Brooks Stadium | Conway, S.C.
Sunday, Feb. 17
11 a.m. CT

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team opens its inaugural campaign Friday, Feb. 15 against Winthrop in Rock Hill, S.C., at 5 p.m. CT and will face Coastal Carolina on Sunday at 11 a.m. CT in Conway, S.C., before departing the Palmetto State.

The Golden Eagles are led by first-time head coach Meredith Black and enter their first season of NCAA Division I competition against a pair of programs also making their debut. Black is joined by assistant coaches Courtney Tamasitis and Jackie Doherty and a roster which includes 31 players in their first year of varsity action.

"Winthrop has already played two games so they will have a slight advantage in that sense, but I feel like it is going to be a good fight in both games," Black said. "It is going to be which team works harder at the end and keeps possession and limits the mistakes."

The game against Winthrop at Eagle Field will mark the first-ever home game for Winthrop, which kicked off its season last weekend at Howard and Navy. The Eagles topped Howard 20-10 in their inaugural game on Friday, Feb. 8 and dropped a 23-4 decision on Sunday against the Midshipmen.

Coastal Carolina opens its 2013 campaign at home against Cincinnati before welcoming the Golden Eagles to Brooks Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

"I think it is great that we have the newer teams on our schedule early, so we can get a feel for who we are and see what our identity is going to be," Black said. "When we get to the end of the season where we play BIG EAST teams we will know who we are and what we are all about, which will help us against the established programs."

Live video and stats links for both games can be found on GoMarquette.com. Additional live updates will be provided on Marquette women's lacrosse's Twitter feed, @MarquetteWLax.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for Marquette redshirt freshman Anna Muzika as the Moore, S.C., native returns to her home state. Muzika was a member of the first women's lacrosse team at Dorman High School and was a second team all-state selection as a senior in 2011 after leading the squad with 66 goals.

Both Winthrop and Coastal Carolina are members of the Big South Conference, which was recently granted an automatic berth into the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.

Individual and season ticket packages are now available for all seven Marquette women's lacrosse home games at Valley Fields. Individual tickets can be purchased on GoMarquette.com or at Valley Fields on game days. Single game tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for youth ages 12 and under. Full season packages cost $30 and include the seven MU women's contests as well as the men's games against Detroit and Duke.

Redshirt freshmen Jenaye Coleman and Emily Donovan, along with senior Lisa Beltramello were named the first captains for Marquette's inaugural 2013 campaign. Coleman (Apple Valley, Minn.) was a member of MU's first signing class, while Donovan (Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe H.S.­­) and Beltramello (Suffield, Conn./Suffield H.S.) are both walk-ons.

After opening the regular season against two programs in their inaugural seasons (Winthrop, Coastal Carolina) and playing at USC in their first year of competition, the Golden Eagles close the regular season with four ranked teams in their final five contests. Marquette is scheduled to end the year against No. 14 Georgetown and No. 7/6 Loyola at home and No. 1/2 Syracuse and No. 8/10 Notre Dame on the road.

Following a full academic year without intercollegiate competition, the Golden Eagles competed against premier programs during the 2012 fall semester. Marquette opened its fall schedule against coach Black's alma mater, Notre Dame, and also faced defending national champion Northwestern, as well as Ohio State and Virginia Tech, among others.

The Golden Eagles have been active supporters of the PanCan Action Network and its fight against pancreatic cancer over the last year and will hold a PanCan awareness game on Sunday, April 14 against Loyola Maryland. Marquette will hold a 50/50 raffle on Friday, April 12 against Georgetown, while Sunday's match vs. Loyola will highlight the season-long campaign goal of a $5,000 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/. Donations to Marquette's campaign can be made at bit.ly/MUpancan.

Marquette University added women's lacrosse as its eighth varsity women's sport on Dec. 16, 2010 and hired Meredith Black as its first head coach in program history on Feb. 4, 2011. The addition of both the men's and women's lacrosse programs marked the first addition to MU's intercollegiate athletics offerings since women's soccer began competition in 1993.

The Golden Eagles' roster is comprised of student-athletes from 17 different states, with Illinois and New York leading the way with four Golden Eagles. Students from Illinois account for over one-third of Marquette's undergraduate population so it is of no surprise that the Land of Lincoln leads the way on the MU roster. The Golden Eagles also have student-athletes from South Carolina (Anna Muzika/Moore, S.C.) and California (Alex Winey/San Diego, Calif.), the location of the season's first two road trips.

Freshman Meredith Abrahamson from Loyola Academy (Chicago, Ill.) became the first signee in Marquette history to compete in the Under Armour All-American Game in 2012. Abrahamson, who potted a goal in the contest, was ranked No. 86 in the Girls' ESPNHS 100 for the class of 2012, the highest ranked player in the Midwest and the 24th-best midfielder in the country. The Chicago native was one of three 2012 First Team US Lacrosse Girls All-Americans signed by MU, along with Haley Baas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore H.S.) and Lauren Hooker (Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids H.S.).



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