Women's Lax Heads to Pittsburgh to Take on Duquesne
Feb. 26, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team dropped its third-straight contest to open the year when it fell to national-power and fifth-ranked Northwestern, 13-6, in the home opener at Valley Fields Saturday. The Golden Eagles will begin a four-game road trip when it travels to Pittsburgh to take on Duquesne University in a non-conference tilt at Rooney Field Saturday, Feb. 28.
Live statistics (GameTracker) and video will be available courtesy of GoDuquesne.com. First draw is set for 10:30 a.m. Central time.
The Golden Eagles are coming off a respectable effort against one of the top teams in the nation in Northwestern last time out. It was a 5-2 score at halftime in favor of the Wildcats, but the MU defense held down Northwestern's potent attack for the final 22:09 of the first half. Unfortunately, the Golden Eagles were unable to build on their momentum as NU went on a 5-0 run to start the second half to mount an insurmountable, 10-2, advantage.
Marquette went on to outscore Northwestern, 4-3, over the final 22:08, but it was the first 6-plus minutes in each half that proved costly. Despite the loss, MU freshman attacker Riley Hill netted her first two collegiate goals in the game and earned BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Week honors for her performance. Meanwhile, junior Claire Costanza picked up another three points with a goal and two assists to take over the team lead with four goals and seven points on the year.
Duquesne registered their fifth-straight season-opening victory when it took down Robert Morris in overtime, 17-16, back on Feb. 18. However, a 16-0 loss to Penn State in their home opener Wednesday have the Dukes eager to get back on the playing field. Duquesne is coming off a 14-win season in 2014 and was picked to finish third in the Atlantic-10 Conference.
After two games, Amanda Kidder leads DU with six points on three goals and three assists, while starting goalie Jenna Bishop has an 0-1 record with a 17.04 goals against average and a .405 save percentage through two starts.
Following Saturday's contest, Marquette will begin preparing for a three-game trip to California to take on UC-Davis (March 8), St. Mary's (March 10) and USC (March 15).
LAST TIME OUT
In their last outing, Marquette opened the home slate at chilly Valley Fields against No. 5 Northwestern and fell, 13-6, despite a solid defensive effort. The Golden Eagles held the Wildcats' potent offensive attack scoreless for the final 22-plus minutes of the first half to go into halftime trailing just 5-2. After a furious start for the `Cats in the second half built the lead to 10-2, the Golden Eagles were able to outscore their nationally-ranked counterpart 4-3 over the final 22:08. Northwestern's Selena Lasota registered six goals on seven shots and sits second-nationally in goals scored with 17 through just four games.
Marquette freshman Riley Hill earned her first career start and scored twice in the final 11:03 of regulation. Both goals were the first two of her career.
Senior Nicole Gleason and junior Claire Costanza each potted goals in the loss and remain tied for the team lead with four scores on the year. Costanza added two assists on Saturday to take over the team-lead with seven points.
The Dukes went 14-4 a season ago, making it all the way to the Atlantic-10 Conference title game where they fell to UMass 16-3 to end their season. Of their four losses, two were to UMass and occurred back-to-back as the two teams met in the regular season finale before meeting in the championship game. Duquesne returns this season picked to finish third in the A-10 and has its leading scorer back from last year in the form of senior midfielder Amanda Kidder, who registered 75 points on 57 goals and 18 assists in 2014. So far, she has just three goals and three assists in 2015.
DU knocked off Robert Morris, 17-16, in overtime to win its season opener, but is coming off a disappointing 16-0 loss in its home opener to ninth-ranked Penn State on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions scored eight times in each half and out-shot the Dukes, 35-11, while recording 12 clears in 13 attempts. Only three of their goals came on free position shots.
Duquesne split time between goalies as starter Jenna Bishop allowed 12 goals and made 11 saves in 47:28 of action. Back-up Taylor Hurwitz let in four goals over the final 12:32. Bishop holds a 17.04 goals against average with a .405 save percentage through two starts this season.
The Dukes went 8-1 at home in 2014 with their lone loss coming to then-No. 8 Penn State.
Saturday's match-up will mark the third meeting all-time between the Golden Eagles and Dukes, who currently hold the 2-0 edge following a pair of four-goal wins at Valley Fields. Marquette makes its first trip to Pittsburgh seeking its first win in the series.
In the first-ever meeting back in 2013, the Dukes raced out to a 5-2 halftime lead before securing an 11-7 win. Lib Lowry and Amanda Kidder combined for five goals for DU, while MU's Nicole Gleason had two goals and Claire Costanza chipped in a goal and three assists.
The second meeting back on March 7, 2014 saw Duquesne jump out to an 8-1 lead in the first half before MU made it 8-3 at halftime. Amanda Bochniak and Kenzie Brown each registered hat tricks and were key components in a second-half comeback effort that fell just short as the Dukes came away with the 14-10 win in Milwaukee.
Riley Hill NAMED BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman attacker Riley Hill collected her first-ever BIG EAST weekly accolade after scoring twice against No. 5 Northwestern back on Feb. 21. It was the West Islip, New York native's first career start and she made the most of it, scoring her first two career goals in the final 11:03 of regulation to help the Golden Eagles outscore Northwestern, 4-3, over the final 22:08 of the second half.
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. against Georgetown at 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 2015. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
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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.
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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