Women's Lax Welcomes Stetson to Valley on Sunday

Feb. 23, 2018

2018 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 5
Marquette (2-2, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Stetson (0-2, 0-0 ASun
Date Sunday, Feb. 25 | 12 p.m. CT
Location Valley Dome | Milwaukee, Wis.
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The Golden Eagles close out a three-game homestand at the Valley Dome on Sunday as the Stetson Hatters make their first-ever trip to Milwaukee.

First draw is set for noon Central time with a free live stream broadcast to air on GoMarquette.com and the CBS SportsLive application. Live stats will also be available through GameTracker.

MU is averaging 17 goals per game during its two-game winning streak after taking down the likes of Central Michigan (19-7) and Kennesaw State (15-10) in its first two home games of the season.

Marquette received a pair of 10-point efforts from Grace Gabriel (9 goals, 1 assist) and Riley Hill (5 goals, 5 assists) last weekend. The latter, who received BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll recognition, is just one point away from becoming the fourth member of Marquette’s elite 100-point club.

The Golden Eagles also displayed a strong defensive effort, registering 15 caused turnovers in the win over Kennesaw State last Sunday - four shy of the program record.

Marquette did set one program record last weekend, recording 24-of-28 draw controls in a convincing win over Central Michigan in the home opener. It bested the previous mark by five draws. Gabriel and Allison Lane combined for 14 draws alone.

Stetson enters Sunday’s matchup with an 0-2 record after falling to Arizona State, 15-13, followed by a 21-7 loss to then-No. 15 Notre Dame - both losses coming at home.

The Hatters are led by Shelby Lehmann’s six goals and two assists, while goalie Liza Diamond sports a .438 save percentage while allowing 18.00 goals per game.

The marks the first-ever meeting between the Golden Eagles and Hatters. MU is 4-0 against current Atlantic Sun Conference teams, having defeated both Coastal Carolina and Kennesaw State twice each.

Following Sunday’s contest, the Golden Eagles hit the road for a mid-week tilt against No. 18 Notre Dame on the road.

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• Senior Riley Hill is just one point shy of becoming the fourth member of the 100-career point club at Marquette, joining Hayley Baas (‘16), Julianna Shearer (‘17) and Amanda Bochniak (‘17).

• The West Islip, NY, native notched a 10-point week for the Golden Eagles, who went 2-0 against Central Michigan and Kennesaw State. Her five goals and five assists last week was good for BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades and gave her a career total of 59 goals and 40 assists in just 50 career games played.

• Through four games, Hill currently leads the BIG EAST with seven assists and ranks second on the team with 12 points.

Riley Hill isn’t the only Golden Eagle on the verge of 100 career points with senior Allison Lane (88 points) and junior Grace Gabriel (83 points) knocking on the door.

• Lane’s 88 points in her career have come on 72 goals and 16 assists. She has seven goals and four assists in 2018. The senior currently holds the career lead in draw controls (128), surpassing the century mark last season and jockeying with fellow draw specialist Gabriel (126 draws).

• Gabriel, who has 75 goals and eight assists in just 38 career games, is just 17 points away from the century mark. She leads MU with 16 points on 15 goals and one assist and is currently on pace for 68 points and more than 60 goals scored.

• Marquette ranks 12th in the nation with 16.5 draw controls per game after recording a whopping 24 in a win over Central Michigan on Feb. 16.

Grace Gabriel’s 15 goals scored ranks third in the country, right behind co-leaders Sam Apuzzo of Boston College and Kerri Clayton of Arizona St. Gabriel’s 16 points also sit in eighth place behind national leader Apuzzo’s 25 points.

Riley Hill ranks seventh in the nation with her seven assists, while Allison Lane ranks 20th with 6.75 draw controls per game.

• MU has improved their draw controls average from 8.65 draws per game in 2015 - last in the BIG EAST - to a whopping 14.71 in 2017, which ranked second in the league and 15th in the nation.

• Additionally, the Golden Eagles have boasted the BIG EAST’s leader in draws per game in each of the past two seasons. Last season, Grace Gabriel set the Marquette record with 81 total draws and led the league with 5.67 draws per game following a 2016 campaign that saw Allison Lane lead the BIG EAST with 3.43 draws per contest.

• This season, Marquette has won the edge in draws in three out of four contests, while Lane and Gabriel have averaged more than 10 draws per game, combined.

• According to the IWLCA Preseason Top-25 poll, MU faces off against four ranked opponents in 2018, which began with No. 22 Johns Hopkins in the season opener. The Golden Eagles also travel to No. 18 Notre Dame (Feb. 28) and No. 15 Northwestern (March 10), and Denver, which is ranked No. 21 and visits Milwaukee on April 18.

• In the new Inside Lacrosse Poll, Denver cracks the top-20, while Johns Hopkins and Louisville are receiving votes. Florida (No. 4), Northwestern (No. 13) and Notre Dame (No. 17) are all firmly in the Top-20.




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