Women's Lax Hits the Road to Face Central Michigan
Feb. 22, 2017
MILWAUKEE - Marquette heads to Central Michigan on Thursday for the start of seven straight games on the road, spanning 41 days between home games at Valley Fields.
First draw against the Chippewas is slated for 1 p.m. Central time on Thursday with live stats and video feeds provided courtesy of CMUChippewas.com.
The Golden Eagles are seeking their first win of the 2017 campaign after a string of three-straight ranked opponents to open the season.
Strong starts to the year by Allison Lane and Julianna Shearer have landed them on the BIG EAST Honor Roll through the first two weeks. Shearer is tied with Grace Gabriel for the team-lead with eight goals, while Gabriel has added two assists to lead the squad with 10 points. Both Gabriel and Shearer notched hat tricks in a narrow 12-10 loss to No. 20/17 Johns Hopkins last time out.
Despite the 0-3 start, MU has won the draw controls battle each time out, but averaging more than 20 turnovers per game has turned the attention to cutting down on miscues.
The Chippewas went 6-10 in their first season as a program in 2016 and enter Thursday’s game coming off a 1-1 opening weekend that concluded with a 21-6 setback to Robert Morris on the road.
Shannon Doyle leads the team with seven goals, while Anna Schoonover has added six goals and an assist. In the team’s 20-10 season-opening win over Saint Francis, Schoonover scored six times, while Doyle added four scores.
The Golden Eagles took the first-ever meeting between both teams with a record-setting 17-4 win over the Chippewas in Milwaukee. Shearer scored five goals, while Hayley Baas added three goals and Riley Hill chipped in four points.
Following Thursday’s contest at CMU, Marquette will head to Georgia to face another Atlantic Sun opponent in Kennesaw State on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
• Notable moments from the team’s loss at Notre Dame was Grace Gabriel’s record-tying eight draw controls for the Golden Eagles. Julianna Shearer led the team with four goals and added five draw controls, while Cate Soccodato chipped in two goals. ND used a 10-2 run in the first half to erase a 2-1 MU lead.
• For the third straight game to open the year, MU won the draw control, edging out Johns Hopkins 14-10, but was unable to wrestle away the win. After tying the game at 9-9, JHU scored three straight to take control. Shearer and Gabriel each scored three goals for MU, which fell to 0-3 on the year.
• The team was comprised of 24 freshmen and one sophomore a season ago and most are back with an important year of experience. Jocelyn Lemay returns as the team’s leading scorer from a season ago when she tallied 35 goals and five assists. Anna Schoonover wasn’t too far behind with 30 points, including 27 goals, while Dominique Hamman is the incumbant netminder between the pipes.
• Julianna Shearer scored five times, while Hayley Baas netted three goals and Riley Hill chipped in a goal and three assists. MU oushot the Chippewas, 25-9, in the win.
• Looking to add their name to the century club is Amanda Bochniak (87 points; 39 goals, 49 assists) and Julianna Shearer, who leads the team with eight goals on the season which brings her career total to 76 points, including 68 goals.
• MU will also face No. 13 Colorado (March 5), No. 11 Northwestern (March 11) and No. 15 Denver (April 8) all on the road, with No. 4 Florida (April 5) coming to Valley Fields.
• 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.
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