March 4, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- Following its first two home games of the season, the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team will hit the road once again for a pair of non-conference matchups against Detroit on Sunday, March 6, and No. 6/10 Northwestern on Tuesday, March 8.
The Last Meeting
March 22, 2015
Marquette Dispatches Detroit, 13-5
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team has struggled of late scoring in the second half, but such was not the case this afternoon as the Golden Eagles outscored visiting Detroit, 6-2, in the final 30 minutes and placed seven different players in the scoring column to close out a 13-5 victory at Valley Fields Sunday, March 22.
The Last Meeting
February 21, 2015
Marquette Drops Home Opener to No. 5 Northwestern
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team played host to fifth-ranked Northwestern University at Valley Fields, Saturday afternoon. Leading 5-2 at halftime, the Wildcats opened up the scoring with five straight goals in the second half and would prove too much to overcome in spoiling the Golden Eagles' chilly home opener.
Sunday’s game is slated for a 12 p.m. Central time start, while Tuesday’s matchup is set for a 3 p.m. first draw. Both games will feature live statistics.
The Golden Eagles split both games during their home opening weekend after thrashing California, 15-4, before a 10-8 loss to Colorado last time out.
MU tied a program record with 15 goals against Cal, using a 7-1 halftime advantage to run away from the Golden Bears. Amanda Bochniak and Grace Gabriel scored three goals each, while Bochniak added three assists in the team’s first win of the year.
Against Colorado, Julianna Shearer scored four goals, while Bochniak added two more assists, but after bringing the score to a 7-7 tie with 15 minutes remaining, CU scored two straight and held off MU by a 10-8 score.
MU and Detroit will meet for the fourth time in the series, with the Golden Eagles winning the first three matchups, including last season’s 13-5 win in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, Northwestern holds a 2-0 edge in the all-time series over MU and claimed last season’s 13-6 win in Milwaukee.
Detroit enters the weekend seeking its first win of the season following losses to No. 18 Ohio State (22-8) and Oregon (17-13) to open the year. Kaitlyn Wandelt has six goals and two assists to lead UD in scoring.
Northwestern has had a difficult road to start the year, going 1-3 against four top-12 opponents, including an 11-8 win over then-No. 4 Duke on the road. Kaleigh Craig and Sheila Nesselbush are tied for the team-lead with nine points.
Following Tuesday’s game at Northwestern, the Golden Eagles will have some extra time off as many prepare for mid-terms. MU will be back in action Saturday, March 19 when it hosts first-year program Central Michigan at Valley Fields in a 12 p.m. start.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles dropped a close 10-8 decision to Colorado at Valley Fields on Sunday, concluding a two-game homestand following a 15-4 win over California two days prior. The Buffaloes, who have received votes in the previous two Inside Lacrosse top-20 polls, used a 3-1 run over the final 15 minutes to seal the narrow win after the Golden Eagles had tied the game at 7-7.
• Julianna Shearer scored four goals in the loss and goalie Sarah Priem made 10 saves for the Golden Eagles. Shearer scored the game’s first goal to give Marquette the first lead, but Colorado would take a 6-3 edge into halftime. MU would outscore CU 5-4 in the second half.
• Also netting four goals in the contest was Colorado’s Johnna Fusco. All of her damage was done in the first 30 minutes, giving CU a 6-3 edge at halftime. Goalie Paige Soenksen was efficient as well, making nine stops to secure the win.
• The Titans, who were picked to finish third in the Atlantic Sun Conference before the season, return 12 letterwinners, but only six starters in 2016. They were still seeking their first win of the campaign as they entered their Friday matchup with Cincinnati at home. Prior to that, Detroit showed struggles defensively after allowing a combined 39 goals in opening losses to then-No. 18 Ohio State (22-8) and Oregon (17-13). Detroit went 10-8 in 2015 and finished as the league runner-up.
• Kaitlyn Wandelt entered Friday leading the team with eight points and is tied with Morgan Girardi for the team-lead in goals with six. Both went for four goals apiece in the team’s loss to Oregon and have registered multiple goals in each game this season.
A LOOK AT NORTHWESTERN
• The Wildcats returned nine starters to team that made it to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals in 2015. Northwestern opened the season ranked No. 5 according to the IWLCA Preseason Poll. After defeating then-No. 4 Duke on the road in the season opener, 11-8, the Wildcats have dropped three straight entering its home opener against Marquette. All three losses have come against ranked teams on the road, which include No. 10 Virginia, No. 2 Syracuse and No. 12 Louisville.
• In the most recent setback to Louisville, the Wildcats scored first and held a short-lived 2-1 lead against before the Cardinals rallied off four straight and never looked back. Shelby Fredericks and Nesselbush accounted for all of the scoring as each tallied two goals.
• Sheila Nesselbush leads the team with nine goals and is tied for the team-lead in points with Kaleigh Craig, who has seven goals and two assists. Last season’s scoring leader, Selena Lasota, who registered 60 goals in 2015, has potted seven goals so far in 2016. In goal, Mallory Wiesse has played every minute for the Wildcats, sporting an 11.00 goals against average and .443 save percentage with 35 saves.
• Sunday’s game will mark the fourth meeting all-time between both squads with Marquette holding a 3-0 edge in the series. In all three wins, MU has averaged 13 goals per game against the Titans and equaled that total in a 13-5 win over UD at Valley Fields a year ago. In that win, Julianna Shearer and Hayley Baas each recorded hat tricks, while Claire Costanza totaled six points with a goal and five assists.
• Tuesday’s contest with be the third meeting all-time and the third straight season both teams will meet. The Wildcats entered the first two meetings ranked by the IWLCA fourth and fifth in the country, respectively. Last season’s 13-6 win for NU took place at Valley Fields.
OFFENSE PRODUCES RECORD-SETTING PERFORMANCE
• The Golden Eagles had been waiting for the breakout offensive performance to get them going and they got it in a 15-4 win over Cal on Feb. 26.
• In the win, Marquette tied single-game program records for most goals scored (15), most players to record goals (8) and set the Valley Fields record for most goals in a home game. It also set program marks for most shots (37) and most ground balls (38) in a single game.
• Individually, Amanda Bochniak tied for the fourth-most points scored in a game with six, including tying her career-best of three goals. Freshman Grace Gabriel set a career-best with her first hat trick as well.
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 every game this season. The Golden Eagles have scored the first goal in each of its first five games to start the 2016 campaign. However, gaining the early advantage has not translated into holding the final margin as MU is just 1-4 on the year.
• 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. With the exception of the season opener against Louisville on the road, the Golden Eagles have suffered defeats by three goals or less in each of their subsequent three defeats, including a 10-8 loss to Colorado last time out.
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 faced two nationally-ranked teams already, MU has yet to allow fewer than 10 goals to any opponent this season, but the defense has picked up. In their previous two games, the Golden Eagles have allowed just 14 goals and currently rank third in the BIG EAST and 23rd nationally in caused turnovers per game (10.2 CT/game).
BEING YOUNG AND TAKING THE NEXT STEP FORWARD
• The Golden Eagles may feature 13 seniors (academically), but as a program in just its fourth season and with a host of talented newcomers, they still show signs of youth and inexperience. Head coach Meredith Black has preached the importance in having confidence and closing out games as the next step this team needs to make to reach success.
• In reference to playing top-20 competition and being a young team trying to turn the corner toward success, Black told LaxMagazine.com (Feb. 18): “It’s hard to make a quick turnaround because you have to learn a lot of things, most importantly, learning how to win. “I think the quicker our young players learn how to be successful, the quicker the team finds success.”
GOSLEE A PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SELECTION
• Elizabeth Goslee was the lone Golden Eagle selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team - familiar territory for the senior defender who has twice been named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in her career and was a BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year pick a season ago. In 2015, the Cincinnati, Ohio native became the first Golden Eagle to be named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Second Team following an impressive junior campaign. She led MU with 30 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, ranking fourth in the BIG EAST with a 1.76 CT average.
A TOUGH ROAD ON THE ROAD
• Marquette is faced with the challenge of having five opponents ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches’ Poll on its 2016 schedule, including four of those matchups away from the friendly confines of Valley Fields. For the first time, the Golden Eagles began a season with back-to-back ranked opponents in No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Johns Hopkins. Also on the docket is No. 5 Northwestern (March 8) and No. 7 Florida (April 13). The lone home game against a preseason ranked opponent is No. 11 Notre Dame (March 28).
MARQUETTE TO BE FEATURED ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK IN 2016
• The BIG EAST Digital Network has expanded its live streaming coverage in 2015-16 and Marquette women’s lacrosse is thrilled to be included in those plans as its season finale/Senior Day and PanCAN awareness game against Cincinnati on April 29, will be featured.
• The Golden Eagles and Bearcats will be one of three BIG EAST women’s lacrosse game featured on the network, which is three more than a season ago.
• The other two contests scheduled to be aired on BEDN will be Florida at Georgetown on April 9, and Temple at Villanova on April 20.
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 three years. They will host their fourth annual PanCAN game on Saturday, April 29, against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette Women’s Lacrosse has raised over $30,000 toward research and finding a cure. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2016 CAPTAINS
• Elizabeth Goslee and Kayce Haversitck were named team captains for the 2016 season - the second straight year both have served in the role and the third for Goslee. Both seniors have started all 51 games in their careers and been defending stalwarts for the Blue and Gold.
• Goslee recorded 30 caused turnovers, 30 ground balls and 16 draw controls in 2015, while Haverstick added 27 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
O’BRIEN, WOMEN’S LACROSSE EARN IWLCA ACADEMIC HONOR
• For the second straight year, Marquette was honored for academic achievement by the IWLCA. The Golden Eagles were one of just 83 NCAA Division I programs recognized with the honor - presented to teams that register a collective team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
• Senior Molly O’Brien was one of 256 student-athletes to make it on the 2015 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes that have achieved at least junior academic status and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
NEWCOMER GAINS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
• Before she put on a Marquette uniform for the first time, freshman Cate Soccodato had earned the opportunity to play for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic last August. The Syosset, New York native was the youngest player on the team and only one of six Italian-Americans to compete, but she thrived in her first international experience, scoring 12 goals and an assist in six games as Team Italy won four of its six games.
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, 2015 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 and a $40 million capital commitment from Aurora Health Care, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of MU student and professional athletes worldwide. Groundbreaking is planned for sometime in 2017.