Women's Lax Takes on Pair of Ranked Teams This Week

Feb. 13, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 2
Marquette (0-1) at No. 8 Notre Dame (2-1) 
Date Tuesday, Feb. 14 | 6 p.m. CT
Location Loftus Sports Center | Notre Dame, Ind.
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2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 3
Marquette (0-1) vs. No. 20 Johns Hopkins (0-0) 
Date Saturday, Feb. 18 | 12 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields Dome | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE - Marquette heads to No. 8 Notre Dame on Tuesday for a midweek tilt against the Irish before returning home to face No. 20 Johns Hopkins on National Marquette Day Saturday.

The Last Meeting
Notre Dame17
March 28, 2016
Valley Fields
Marquette Falls to No. 5 Notre Dame, 17-9
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team put forth a strong effort in its non-conference finale, but in the end, fifth-ranked Notre Dame was too much to handle en route to a 17-9 result at Valley Fields on Monday afternoon.

The Last Meeting
Johns Hopkins11
February 12, 2016
Baltimore, Md.
Marquette Falls at 17/17 Johns Hopkins, 11-8
Sophomore Allison Lane registered her first career hat trick, but the Marquette University women's lacrosse team was unable to upset 17th-ranked and host Johns Hopkins Friday afternoon in an 11-8 result at Homewood Field.

First draw against the Irish is slated for 6 p.m. Central time with live coverage provided by the ACC Network via WatchESPN. Saturday’s National Marquette Day match-up against Johns Hopkins is set for a 12 p.m. Central time start inside the Valley Fields Dome. A free live stream of the contest will be available via GoMarquette.com. Both contests will also feature live stats via GameTracker.

The Golden Eagles had a disappointing one-goal defeat to Louisville in their season debut, nearly pulling off the upset in program history of a Top-20 ranked opponent. MU controlled much of play, winning shots, shots on goal, draws, ground balls and fewest turnovers.

Allison Lane put forth a strong all-around effort with a hat trick to go along with five ground balls, four caused turnovers and four draw controls. Grace Gabriel chipped in a team-high five points, including four goals, while Amanda Bochniak also had three points with a goal and an assist.

The Irish are Marquette’s second-straight opponent from the ACC, entering Tuesday’s match-up with a 2-1 record and winners of two straight following a season-opening loss to No. 9 Northwestern at home. They are led by Cortney Fortunato’s team-best 20 points on 16 goals and four assists.

Johns Hopkins will open its season on Wednesday against American before heading to Milwaukee to face the Golden Eagles in what will be the start of a season-opening three-game road trip.

Both the Irish and Blue Jays made it the NCAA quarterfinals and second round, respectively, in 2016 with aspirations of making it back to the big dance this season. MU is seeking its first-ever win against either program as it is winless in seven prior meetings, combined.

Following Saturday’s contest, MU will embark on a season-long seven-game road trip, resulting in a stretch of 41 days between home games. The Golden Eagles will travel to Central Michigan (Feb. 23) before heading to Georgia to face Kennesaw State (Feb. 28).

• The Golden Eagles kicked off the 2017 season with a thriller inside the new Valley Fields Dome last Friday, falling to No. 18 Louisville, 13-12, despite out-performing the Cardinals in several aspects of the game. MU outshot the Cardinals (36-20), held the edge in grounds balls (27-17), committed fewer turnovers (18-17), and won the draw control (14-13) in the loss.

• Marquette scored the game’s first three goals with Grace Gabriel, Riley Hill and Allison Lane each converting in the first 9 minutes of action. The Cardinals finally got on the scoreboard with 15:52 left in the first half and gained momentum from there, taking a 7-6 lead into halftime. Gabriel and Lane combined to score the first two goals of the second half before Louisville answered back with two of its own and didn’t trail the rest of the way.

• Gabriel finished the day with a team-high four goals and an assist. Lane had an impressive all-around effort, scoring three times, while adding five ground balls, four draw controls and four caused turnovers.

• The Irish return six starters to a team that finished 14-7 a year ago with an appearance in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals and a final Top-20 ranking of No. 7 according to the IWLCA and No. 8 by Inside Lacrosse. ND was picked to finish third in the ACC this season and has won two straight convincingly over Liberty and Detroit following a season-opening, 14-13, loss to No. 9 Northwestern at home.

• Cortney Fortunato, a three-time All-American who led the Irish with 64 goals a season ago, has already registered 16 goals and four assists to start the 2017 season. Samantha Lynch (10g, 1a) and Nikki Ortega (3g, 8a) aren’t far behind with 11 points apiece.

• In goal, Samantha Giacolone returns after a stellar freshman campaign and has all three of Notre Dame’s decisions between the pipes this season, added a solid 8.80 GAA and .359 save percentage.

• The Blue Jays were picked to finish fourth as inaugural members of the Big Ten Conference in 2017. JHU will start the season playing its first three games on the road, beginning with American on Wednesday, Feb. 15, followed by a trip to Milwaukee to face Marquette. The Blue Jays went 11-8 a season ago and made it to the NCAA Second Round before falling to then-top-ranked and eventual national runner-up Maryland, 14-8.

• JHU loses its top-scorer from a season ago as Dene’ DiMartino and her 46 goals and nine assists have moved on, so Emily Kenul returns as the team’s top-attacker after scoring 31 goals and 12 assists, and adding 44 draws in 2016.

• In net, Caroline Federico returns as a senior after starting all 19 games for the Blue Jays a season with an 8.55 GAA and a .474 save percentage.

• The Golden Eagles and Irish will meet for the fifth time with the previous four meetings all going to ND. The first two match-ups occurred in South Bend before the Irish returned the favor in 2015 and 2016. ND took last year’s match-up by a score of 17-9, despite eight Golden Eagles finding the back of the net. The Irish pulled away in the second half after staging a 10-7 halftime lead.

• Saturday will mark the fourth meeting all-time between Marquette and JHU with the Blue Jays winning each of the three previous match-ups, including last season’s tightly-contested, 11-8, victory. Due to frigid temps on the East Coast, last year’s battle forced the Golden Eagles to play the same day of their early morning arrival. MU scored the first three goals of the game, but went into halftime tied, 4-4, before JHU used a 7-4 second half to secure the win.

• The first 200 fans in attendance to Saturday’s home game against Johns Hopkins will receive  a free Marquette Lacrosse long sleeve shirt and the first 150 will also get a free MU mug.

• Saturday is US Lacrosse Day! All US Lacrosse members will get in for the discounted price of $1 per ticket. Just bring your US Lacrosse membership card or a recent issue of Lacrosse magazine to the ticket table on game day to redeem this special offer.

• Saturday is also “Kids Club Day!” All Kids Club Members and their families are invited out to Valley Fields for FREE. Contact the ticket office to reserve your tickets.

• Stick around after the game for autographs signed by the Freshman class.

• Entering the 2017 season, there had only been two players to register 100 career points. Hayley Baas concluded her senior season in 2016 with 103 career points, including a program-record 88 goals. After missing last season due to a knee injury, senior Claire Costanza returns in 2017 as the program’s leading scorer and after scoring a goal and an assist in the season opener vs. Louisville, now has 131 career points on 61 goals and 70 assists.

• Looking to add their name to the century club will be Amanda Bochniak (87 points; 39 goals, 48 assists), who sits just 13 points away after a three-point effort vs. Louisville, and Julianna Shearer, who scored a goal against Louisville to give her 69 career points, including 61 goals.

• Marquette will once again welcome a daunting non-conference schedule, which features four teams in the IWLCA Preseason Top-20 rankings. The Golden Eagles kick off the 2017 campaign with three-straight Top-20 opponents in No. 18 Louisville, No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 20 Johns Hopkins. MU will also face No. 9 Northwestern (March 11) and No. 3 Florida (April 5).

• The schedule also features a pair of first-time opponents in Kennesaw State (Feb. 28) and Butler (April 22), which will play its first-ever season in 2017 as members of the BIG EAST Conference, joining fellow first-year member, Denver.

• The Golden Eagles broke out in a big way offensively during the 2016 season, increasing its scoring average by nearly three goals per game more than in 2015. MU averaged 10.41 goals per contest and reached double digits in goals nine times, going 6-3 in those games, including a record-breaking 17-4 win over Central Michigan that set the program-mark for goals in a game and tied the mark for fewest goals allowed.

• The team’s goal differential took a drastic step forward as well, finishing even, as the team scored 177 goals and allowed the same amount. It was a positive gain of 41 after the team scored just 128 goals in 2015, while allowing 169.

• After allowing just 9.76 goals per game in 2015, Marquette took a slight step backward with a goals against average of 10.41 in 2016, but it ranked second in the BIG EAST and 10th-nationally with 11.35 caused turnovers per game.

• The Golden Eagles were 6-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 10 goals in 2016 and are 15-3 all-time in such occurrences.

• Marquette earned two on the 15-member Preseason All-BIG EAST squad in the form of junior midfielder Allison Lane and senior attacker Julianna Shearer.

• Lane was a unanimous selection and for good reason following a breakout season that led to her first First Team All-BIG EAST selection in 2016. She finished her sophomore campaign with 33 goals and 45 draw controls.

• Shearer was named a Second Team All-BIG EAST pick after setting program records with 36 goals and 46 draw controls. She scored in all but two games for the Golden Eagles last season, including 13 multi-goal performances and five games of three or more scores.

• The BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX SportsGo has expanded its live streaming coverage yet again in 2016-17 with Marquette’s match-up against Florida (April 5) being one of three league contests to be featured on the network in addition to the BIG EAST tournament.

• The other two regular season contests on BEDN are Temple at Georgetown (April 1) and UConn at Villanova (April 22). Both semifinal games and the championship during the BIG EAST tournament (May 4-6) will also be streamed live.

• Marquette University has installed a $3.6 million seasonal dome at Valley Fields, providing a climate-controlled competition and training space for Marquette Lacrosse and the other 14 intercollegiate athletic programs at Marquette. The structure will stay up during the winter months and is scheduled to be removed in the spring.

• The seasonal dome was fitted over the middle FieldTurf Revolution 360 field, which was installed in the summer of 2016 and was the site for all eight MU women’s lacrosse games last season.

• The Golden Eagles have been active supporters of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its fight against pancreatic cancer over the past three years. They will host their fourth annual PanCAN game on Friday, April 29, against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette  Women’s Lacrosse has raised over $30,000 toward research and finding a cure. To donate, please click the following link and help us combat this terrible disease: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan.




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