WLAX Opens at Home Against Cal, Colorado

Junior Julianna Shearer filled the stat sheet for the Golden Eagles last time out.
Feb. 24, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 4
Marquette (0-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. California (0-1, 0-0 MPSF)
Date Friday, Feb. 26 | 5 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 5
Marquette (0-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Colorado (2-0, 2-0 MPSF)
Date Sunday, Feb. 28 | 1 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team makes its much anticipated home debut this weekend as it plays host to California and Colorado at Valley Fields on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 26 and 28, respectively.

The Last Meeting
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Colorado13
February 14, 2015
Boulder, Colo.
Marquette Women's Lax Downed at Colorado
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team was unable to recover from an early three-goal deficit as the University of Colorado claimed a 13-5 win at Kittredge Field Saturday afternoon, Feb. 14.

Friday’s game is slated for a 5 p.m. Central time start, while Sunday’s matchup is set for a 1 p.m. first draw. Both games will feature live stats via GoMarquette.com.

The Golden Eagles came out on the short end of an 11-8 loss to Michigan last Sunday despite holding the edge in draw controls, 11-10, and playing virtually every other category even with the Wolverines.

Juniors Julianna Shearer and Amanda Bochniak led the way with two goals and two assists apiece. Shearer added three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers in a great all-around effort. Michigan, which led 6-4 at halftime, received five goals and an assist from Kim Coughlan.

The Golden Eagles managed to pull into a 7-7 tie with over 18 minutes remaining, but were unable to grab back the lead at any point in the second half.

MU and California will meet for the first time ever, while Colorado makes the return trip to Milwaukee after claiming a 13-5 win in Boulder a year ago, which was the first matchup-ever between both squads.

Cal is coming off a disappointing season opener in which it fell to No. 18 Ohio State, 16-15, in overtime at home last week. Bella Huther totaled five goals in the loss, while Jena Fritts dished out five assists. Goalie Jenny Wilkens made 11 saves in a solid effort.

Meanwhile, Colorado is off to the best start of its three-year existence after beating rival Denver and Fresno State on the road to start 2-0 overall and in the ever-competitive MPSF. Darby Kiernan has seven goals and an assist on the season, tying Cali Castagnola (6g, 2a) for the team-high with eight points. Goalie Paige Soenksen has allowed just 7.00 goals per game, while making 12 saves in two games.

Following Sunday’s matchup with Colorado, the Golden Eagles will take the week off before traveling back to Michigan to take on Detroit Sunday, March 6 in a 12 p.m. Central time start.


LAST TIME OUT
• For the third straight game to start the season, the Golden Eagles struck first as Julianna Shearer got the visitors on the board less than 3 minutes into the contest. Shearer had a superb game and all-around performance, finishing with two goals, two assists, three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Amanda Bochniak also provided four points, including two goals.

• Following the Shearer goal, Michigan would rally off three straight scores and eventually take a 6-4 lead into halftime. Allison Lane added her team-leading fifth goal of the season to start the second half prior to Bochniak tying the game at 6-6 just over 5 minutes in. With the game tied at 7-7, Michigan embarked on another 3-0 run, which included Kim Coughlan’s fifth goal of the game.

• For the first time this year and what has been a point of emphasis for head coach Meredith Black’s staff, the Golden Eagles won the draw control by an 11-10 margin. Both teams finished even in shots (19-19), ground balls (17-17) and turnovers (18-18).


SCOUTING CALIFORNIA
• The Golden Bears were picked to finish seventh in the MPSF Preseason Coaches’ Poll after going 3-13 (2-7 league) a season ago. In their season opener, No. 18 Ohio State handed the Golden Bears a heartbreaking 16-15 overtime setback at home. Cal fell behind early after OSU scored the game’s first four goals, but used a 6-1 run (3 goals by Bella Huther) midway through the second half to cut the deficit to just one goal. The Golden Bears then scored the final two goals in regulation to tie it at 15-15 before the Buckeyes scored just 30 seconds into overtime for the thrilling win.

• Huther has the early team lead after scoring five goals in the loss. Chloe Landry and Meredith Haggerty added four and three goals, respectively, while Jena Fritts dished out five assists.


A LOOK AT COLORADO
• The Buffaloes returned all 12 starters from a season ago and are now off to their best start in program history after winning each of their first two games this season - both on the road and both against MPSF opponents. CU was picked to finish fourth in the MPSF behind league-favorite Stanford, USC and Denver.

• CU picked up a big season opening win over rival Denver, squeaking out an 11-10 result after jumping out to a 9-6 halftime lead. The Buffaloes then followed that up with a convincing 18-4 victory over Fresno State.

• Darby Kiernan (7g, 1a) and Cali Castagnola (6g, 2a) lead CU with eight points each through the first two games. Kiernan and Castagnola combined for seven goals in the team’s previous win over Fresno State. Goalie Paige Soenksen has been solid in net as well, allowing just 7.00 goals per game and making 12 saves with a .462 save percentage in a pair of wins.


SERIES HISTORY
California
• This is the first meeting between both programs. The Golden Eagles are 2-6 all-time against Mountain Pacific Sports Federation teams, including going 2-1 a season ago, claiming wins over St. Mary’s and UC Davis, while losing to USC.
Colorado
• The Golden Eagles and Buffaloes meet for the second time after CU earned a 13-5 win on Feb. 14 of last year. CU went 6-for-8 in free position attempts and stretched a 7-4 halftime lead with six straight goals in the second half.


EARLY GOALS NOT EQUALING STURDY LEADS
• Gaining an early lead is always the preferred method for teams and Marquette has succeeded in that strategy, in that, it has scored the first goal in each of its first three games to start the 2016 campaign. However, gaining the early advantage has not translated into holding the final advantage as the Golden Eagles are still in search of that first win of the season.

• Prior to the start of this year, the MU had compiled a 7-6 record in games they scored first. In 2015, MU was 3-4 in such games, defeating UC Davis, St. Mary’s and Detroit


WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
• In 2015, Marquette held its opponents under 10 goals seven times, which was three more than the season prior. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 7-2, including a 5-2 record last season. MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game.

• Despite having face two nationally-ranked teams already, MU has yet to allow fewer than 10 goals to an opponent this season. The Golden Eagles currently rank seventh in the BIG EAST with 12.00 goals allowed per game fifth with 7.67 caused turnovers per contest.


 

 

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