Marquette Hosts No. 5 Northwestern in Home Opener
Feb. 20, 2015
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team dropped its second straight contest to begin the 2015 season when it fell at the University of Colorado on Feb. 14. The Golden Eagles will now look ahead to the home opener at the friendly confines of Valley Fields and take on their second ranked opponent in three games when No. 5 Northwestern invades Milwaukee on Saturday, Feb. 21.
Live statistics will be available through GameTracker courtesy of, and with links available through, GoMarquette.com. First draw is set for 12 p.m.
Marquette played its first true road game at Colorado following a neutral match-up to then-No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins down in Houston, which ended in an 8-7 double-overtime loss. The Golden Eagles anticipated a much-closer match-up against the Buffaloes than it ended up being as Colorado jumped out to a 3-0 lead and cruised to a 13-5 win on its home turf. Marquette was able to cut the deficit to 5-4 before the Buffs responded with eight unanswered goals, three of which came on free position opportunities. Despite the loss, Marquette senior Nicole Gleason scored her first two goals of the season, while preseason All-American defense Elizabeth Goslee scored her second career goal before bowing out after being issued a second yellow card late in the first half.
Northwestern enters Saturday with a 2-1 overall record and coming off its first loss of the season to No. 8/6 Duke at home on Thursday. That followed back-to-back one-goal victories over USC and No. 7/7 Virginia to open up the year. Offensively, Selena Lasota has the team-lead with 13 points on 11 goals and two assists. She scored a season-high five goals in the 15-9 loss to Duke. Meanwhile, Bridget Bianco has allowed opponents just 9.75 goals per game and holds a .400 save percentage.
Marquette and Northwestern will meet for just the second time in their short history with then fourth-ranked NU taking last season's first-ever match-up by a score of 20-5 down in Lake Barrington, Illinois.
Following Saturday's game, the Golden Eagles will embark on a four-game road trip, begining with a trek to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne in a non-conference tilt on Saturday, Feb. 28. Marquette will then head back West to take on the likes of UC-Davis, St. Mary's and USC.
LAST TIME OUT
In their last outing, hopes were high against what was thought to be a lesser Colorado squad as compared to the nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins team that the Golden Eagles took to double-overtime in the season opener. However, Colorado came out firing on all cylinders and quickly took a 3-0 lead within the first 6:04 of the game. Marquette finally got on the board when Elizabeth Goslee found the net with her second career goal at the 20:32 mark. After back-to-back goals by Claire Costanza and Nicole Gleason, MU had cut the deficit to 4-3. Trailing, 5-4, Marquette had an opportunity to tie or take the lead before halftime, but the Buffs capitalized on two scores and drew the second yellow card on Goslee to take a 7-4 lead and a lot of momentum into halftime.
CU opened the second half with six straight goals to take a 13-4 second-half lead that proved insurmountable.
Gleason tallied her first two goals of the season in the loss, while goalie Emma Salter made 11 second-half saves in relief of Sarah Priem.
The Wildcats are coming off their first lost of the season after a 2-0 start that included back-to-back one-goal victories over USC (12-11) in overtime and seventh-ranked Virginia (6-5). Thursday's setback to No. 8 Duke came in the home opener. Northwestern was only able to score twice in the second half after trailing 9-7 at halftime on the way to a 15-9 loss. Selena Lasota, who leads the team with 11 goals and two assists this season, scored five times in the loss. Kaleigh Craig added four goals to bring her season total to six, which is second only to Lasota.
In net, Bridget Bianco made seven saves in a losing effort after making her third start of the season. She currently holds a 9.75 goals against average with a .400 save percentage. Bianco is a three-year starter with a career record of 35-9 and earned IWLCA third-team All-American honors as a sophomore.
Northwestern is coached by Kelly Amonte Hiller, who is in her 14th season at the helm. She has nine NCAA national championships to her name, including seven as a coach at NU and two as a player for Maryland. She is looking to guide the `Cats back to the NCAA title game for the first time since 2012 after semifinal appearances in each of the last two seasons.
Saturday's match-up will mark the second meeting all-time between Marquette and Northwestern. Ranked fourth-nationally at the time, the Wildcats cruised to a 20-5 win over the Golden Eagles in the second game of the 2014 season down in Lake Barrington, Illinois. The lone bright spot for MU was Hayley Baas, who registered her fourth career hat trick. NU's Kara Mupo tallied three goals as well to go along with two assists and three ground balls to lead the Wildcats to the win.
When Marquette and Northwestern take the field on Saturday, Golden Eagle redshirt freshman Megan Bianco is going to see a familiar face on the other side as her sister, Bridget, is the three-year starting goalkeeper for the Wildcats. Having to sit out due to injury in 2014, this will be the first time Megan will face her sister on the field at the collegiate level.
"For me, I think what makes this the most unique is the fact that it is her last year. Since I picked up a lacrosse stick 10 years ago, I have played with or against Bridget. It is such a bittersweet feeling knowing that we are able to compete against one another for the last time and I'll always cherish those moments. Not many people can say that they face their sister in a game at the Division I level and that is something I will always be so thankful for. But as always, WE ARE MARQUETTE!" - Megan Bianco
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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