Marquette Heads to Kennesaw State, Colorado This Week

Feb. 27, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 5
Marquette (1-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) at Kennesaw State (0-1, 0-0 A-SUN) 
Date Tuesday, Feb. 28 | 12 p.m. CT
Location Fifth Third Bank Stadium | Kennesaw, Ga.
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2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 6
Marquette (1-3, 0-0 BIG EAST) at #13/9 Colorado (4-0, 1-0 MPSF) 
Date Sunday, March 5  | 2 p.m. CT
Location Kittredge Fields | Boulder, Colo
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MILWAUKEE - Marquette is coming off a win over Central Michigan and a great start to its season-long, seven-game road trip as it travels to Kennesaw State and 13th-ranked Colorado this week.

First draw against KSU is set for Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 12 p.m. Central time with live stats and a video stream available via The Golden Eagles will take on Colorado on Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. Central time.

MU looks to make it two-straight wins following a resilient 12-9 victory over Central Michigan on the road on Thursday. Amanda Bochniak and Grace Gabriel tallied three goals apiece as MU overcame a 5-3 halftime deficit before outscoring the Chippewas 9-4 in the second half.

Head coach Meredith Black’s halftime speech must have resonated well as her squad  scored six of the first seven goals in the second stanza with five different scorers finding the back of the net.

Junior netminder Molly Grozier made a career-high 11 saves, including six second-half stops to preserve the win.

Tuesday’s meeting will mark the first-ever between Marquette and Kennesaw State, who enters with a 0-1 overall record after losing at Vanderbilt, 17-5, on Feb. 11.

Five different scorers contributed in the season-opening defeat for the Owls, who were outshot by Vanderbilt, 40-24, and came up short on the draw control, 19-5.

Marquette will meet upstart Colorado for the third straight year on Sunday. The Buffaloes entered the week ranked No. 13 in the country thanks to a 4-0 start and a pair of wins over ranked teams, including an 11-10 overtime win over then-ranked No. 9 Northwestern. CU is 2-0 all-time vs. MU, including last season’s 10-8 win in Milwaukee.

Following Sunday’s contest at Colorado, the Golden Eagles will make the short trip south to take on nationally-ranked Northwestern on Saturday, March 11. First draw is slated for 12 p.m. Central time.

• The Golden Eagles secured their first win of the 2017 campaign thanks to a strong second-half performance in a 12-9 win over Central Michigan on Thursday. Marquette trailed at halftime, 5-3, before exploding for six of the first seven goals in the second half, including the first four goals in a span of 5 minutes which gave MU a lead it would not relinquish.

The Last Meeting
February 28, 2016
Valley Fields
Colorado Outlasts Marquette, 10-8
Despite Julianna Shearer's career-high four-goal performance, the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell at the hands of visiting Colorado, 10-8, at Valley Fields on Sunday.

Amanda Bochniak led the way with four points, including a season-high three goals. Grace Gabriel tallied three goals as well, while Julianna Shearer and Riley Hill each added two. Goalie Molly Grozier made a career-high 11 saves in the win, including six second-half stops.

• The Owls are 0-1 under first-year head coach Laura Maness to open 2017. Kennesaw State finished 5-12 overall in 2016 with a 3-5 mark in conference play. The Owls averaged just under 10 goals per game, while allowing more than 14 to the opposition. They were picked to finish seventh out of 11 teams in the Atlantic Sun Conference this season.

• KSU’s last game was back on Feb. 11 against Vanderbilt when it fell by a score of 17-5. Five different Owls registered goals in the loss, including the team’s top-two leading scorers, Sydney Farwick and Connor Zophy, who combined for 61 points with 36 goals in 2016. In net, Alex Bunn returns after recording an 0-5 mark with a 17.45 GAA and a .324 save percentage in 2016.

• The Buffaloes are off to a hot start, entering the week 4-0 and rising up the national polls, ranking No. 13 in the IWLCA and No. 9 in the Inside Lacrosse polls. CU already has a pair of wins over ranked teams, beating then-No. 9 Northwestern, 11-10, in overtime, and No. 16 UMass, 11-7. The Buffs are coming off a convincing, 18-5, win over UC Davis in their conference opener and face No. 14 Denver this week before hosting Marquette on Sunday.

• Leading CU offensively is Darby Kiernan, who has 10 goals and five assists to go along with a team-best 36 draw controls, which also ranks third in the nation. Johnna Fusco is tied for the team-lead with 10 goals to go along with three assists. In net, Paige Soenksen carries a 6.56 GAA with a sparkling .596 save percentage.

• Although Tuesday marks the first-ever match-up between Marquette and Kennesaw State, it isn’t the first time the Golden Eagles have faced off against a Laura Maness-led squad. Maness previously roamed the sidelines at Detroit Mercy, which MU holds a 3-0 record against all-time. Tuesday’s meeting also marks the second-straight for MU against an Atlantic Sun Conference opponent following a 12-9 win over Central Michigan last time out.


• Sunday will be the third meeting all-time against the Buffaloes, including the second meeting in Boulder. In 2015, Marquette fell 13-5 against a CU program in the midst of its first season in program history. Last year, CU made the return trip to Milwaukee and escaped with a 10-8 win at Valley Fields.

• Entering the 2017 season, there had only been two players to register 100 career points. Hayley Baas concluded her senior season in 2016 with 103 career points, including a program-record 88 goals. After missing last season due to a knee injury, senior Claire Costanza returns in 2017 as the program’s leading scorer and after totaling 10 points (2g, 8a) on the year so far, now has 139 career points on 62 goals and 77 assists.

• Looking to add their names to the century club is Amanda Bochniak (92 points; 42 goals, 50 assists) and Julianna Shearer, who has 10 goals on the season, bringing her career total to 78 points, including 70 goals.

• When Marquette holds teams to fewer than 10 goals, it has an all-time record of 16-3. The defense held opponents to fewer than the double-digit mark on five occassions in 2016 and won each contest. Last week, MU accomplished the feat for the first time this season, holding Central Michigan to just nine goals in a 12-9 victory.

• Marquette welcomes a daunting non-conference schedule once again, which features four teams in the IWLCA Preseason Top-20 rankings. The Golden Eagles kicked off the 2017 campaign with three-straight Top-20 opponents in No. 18 Louisville (L, 13-12), No. 8 Notre Dame (L, 21-9) and No. 17 Johns Hopkins (L, 12-10).

• MU is scheduled to face several more ranked opponents, including No. 13 Colorado (March 5), No. 12 Northwestern (March 11) and No. 14 Denver (April 8) all on the road, with No. 3 Florida coming to Valley Fields on April 5.

• 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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