Feb. 24, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team will take on perennial power No. 4/4 Northwestern for the first time in program history on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Lake Barrington Field House in Lake Barrington, Ill. The game, which was originally slated for Lakeside Field at 5 p.m., will be competed at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles (0-1) are coming off a season opening 16-2 loss at Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 15. Freshmen Amanda Bochniak and Julianna Shearer scored Marquette's lone goals in the loss at Homewood Field. MU was out-shot 32-11 in the contest and sophomore goalie Sarah Priem made seven saves in net.
The Wildcats (2-0) have begun the season with a pair of victories over top-10 teams. They topped then-No. 8 Virginia 13-12 on Feb. 9 in Atlanta and defeated No. 5 Duke 12-11 on Saturday afternoon in Durham, N.C. Sophomore Kaleigh Craig leads the Wildcats with six goals and one assist, while midfielder Alyssa Leonard has corralled 23 draw controls in addition to four goals. Craig posted a career-high four goals in the win over Duke, while 13 of Leonard's draw controls also came against the Blue Devils.
Junior Bridget Bianco has played all 120 minutes in net and has recorded 18 saves in the two victories.
The game will mark the first time the programs have met in regular season action after playing during each of the previous two fall campaigns.
Live statistics will be available through GoMarquette.com and live, streaming audio can be accessed through NUSports.com.
CHICAGOLAND NATIVES MAKE HOME STATE NCAA DEBUTS
The state of Illinois is represented by the second-highest number of student-athletes on Marquette's roster and all four will be making their regular season NCAA debuts in their home state on Tuesday. Junior Nicole Gleason (Chicago/Loyola Academy) is joined on the roster by redshirt sophomore Lauren Radtke (Palatine, Ill.), sophomore Molly O'Brien (Winnetka, Ill./Loyola Academy) and freshman Fran Meyer (Oak Brook, Ill./Montini Catholic).
BOCHNIAK NAMED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
Freshman attack Amanda Bochniak scored her first collegiate goal just 1:37 into the season opener at Johns Hopkins and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Tuesday, Feb. 18. The Fallston, Md., native gave the Golden Eagles a 1-0 lead with the tally. Bochniak attended Maryvale Prep in Brooklandville, Md., and saw action against her former high school teammate, JHU freshman goalie Caroline Federico.
AWAY GAME TIMES AND LOCATIONS ALTERED
Due to harsh Midwestern winter weather, two of Marquette's first four games have changed locations and game times. Tuesday's game against Northwestern, which was originally slated for Lakeside Field in Evanston, will now be competed at 4 p.m. at the Lake Barrington Field House in Lake Barrington, Ill. In addition, the Sunday, March 2 game against Detroit has been moved to the Detroit Country Day School Field House in Beverly Hills, Mich., at 11 a.m. CT.
MARQUETTE CONTINUES TOUGH SCHEDULING
The Golden Eagles faced six squads ranked in the IWLCA Top 20 during their inaugural season, including a run of five-straight opponents to end the year. As of the Feb. 24, 2014 coaches poll, MU will play six teams this season that are either ranked or receiving votes, including No. 4 Northwestern (Feb. 25) in the second game of the year.
APRIL 19 GAME VERSUS VILLANOVA MOVED TO HART PARK
The April 19 game against Villanova has been moved from noon to 11 a.m. CT and will be played at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis. (7300 W. Chestnut St., 53213). The game will be part of a BIG EAST Conference twinbill in which the MU men's program will face Georgetown following the women's game at 2 p.m. CT.
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 PanCan awareness game on Friday, March 28 against Cincinnati. Marquette raised over $10,000 in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer last season. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/. Donations can be made to MU's campaign at http://go.mu.edu/PanCan14.
Claire Costanza EXCELS IN SET-UP ROLE
Sophomore Claire Costanza led the Golden Eagles with 22 assists as a freshman and ranked in the top 60 of NCAA Division I in the category. She was also 52nd in assists per game at 1.29 per contest. The Webster, N.Y. native led MU in total points (40) with 18 goals in addition to her squad-high assist total.
GOLDEN EAGLES PREPARED FOR FIRST BIG EAST SEASON
After playing its inaugural 2013 campaign as an NCAA Division I Independent, the Marquette women's lacrosse team will join the rest of MU's intercollegiate athletic programs as full members of the BIG EAST Conference in 2014. The Golden Eagles played every team in the league last season, despite not being part of the conference, and will face 12 of the same opponents from 2013 in 2014. They are now eligible for the BIG EAST Championship which will be held May 1-3 in Washington, D.C.
TWO NEW ASSISTANT COACHES BEGIN MU CAREERS
Veteran assistant coach Caitlin Powderly and collegiate coaching newcomer Jordy Kirr join the Golden Eagles for their first campaigns in 2014. Powderly (University of New England, 2004) has spent parts of the last decade coaching at Drexel, Franklin and Marshall College, Brown, Clarkson, Hamilton College, in the United Kingdom and at her alma mater. Kirr, a 2011 graduate of Georgetown, was a four-time All-BIG EAST performer with the Hoyas and left the program as its all-time leader in assists.
Sarah Priem ASKED TO STAND TALL IN NET
Marquette freshman goal keeper Sarah Priem, ranked as one of the top-25 goalies in the high school class of 2012 by ESPN, has started in all of MU's games as a freshman and was among the NCAA's saves leaders. The Berwyn, Pa., native tied for 18th in NCAA Division I in 2013 with 137 saves as the Golden Eagles' opponents held a 409-207 edge in shots on goal. Priem also led MU with 41 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers and was 19th in the NCAA in saves per game with 8.06 per contest. She made seven saves in MU's season-opening loss this season at Johns Hopkins.
BAAS, COLEMAN, GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2014 CAPTAINS
Sophomores Hayley Baas, Elizabeth Goslee and Kayce Haverstick along with redshirt sophomore Jenaye Coleman were all selected as team captains for the 2014 season. Coleman is the lone two-time captain after serving in the same role during MU's inaugural season.