Women's Lacrosse
Golden Eagles Begin West Coast Swing Sunday at St. Mary's

Claire Costanza ranks 25th in NCAA Division I (through March 4) with 2.25 assists per game.


Claire Costanza ranks 25th in NCAA Division I (through March 4) with 2.25 assists per game.

March 7, 2013

MARQUETTE WOMEN'S LACROSSE (2-2)
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at St. Mary's (1-3, 0-0 MPSF)
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St. Mary's Stadium | Moraga, Calif.
Sunday, March 10
3 p.m. CT

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team will face St. Mary's (Calif.) on Sunday, March 10 in Moraga, Calif., as the squad opens a nine-day, three-game West Coast road trip against the Gaels at St. Mary's Stadium.

"We have to stay focused and on track as we begin our road trip Sunday at St. Mary's," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "This is the ladies' first spring break trip so they have to realize that they are still in season and stay focused on the task at hand. We have a great opportunity in front of us and it will be exciting to go out to warmer weather."

The Golden Eagles (2-2) evened their overall record with the first home win in program history on Sunday, March 3 against Detroit Mercy, 11-10, at Valley Fields. Freshman Hayley Baas led the way for MU with four goals and an assist, while redshirt freshman Anna Muzika scored the game winner with 1:11 remaining after Marquette rallied from a five-goal deficit.

Freshman Claire Costanza leads the Golden Eagles' attack through four games with 14 points on five goals and nine assists. The Webster, N.Y., native ranks 25th in NCAA Division I through games of March 3 with 2.25 assists per game.

St. Mary's dropped its last game on Tuesday evening to the University of California (18-9) after picking up its first win of the season on March 1 over UC Davis (16-15, OT). The Gaels are being outscored by an average of 7.5 goals per game this season, which also includes a 19-6 loss to San Diego State and a 17-8 defeat at the hands of USC.

Amanda Cross leads the Gaels (1-3) against Marquette with a team-high 13 points. Jillian Chong is tied for the team lead with Cross with eight goals, while Jaclyn Biggers has tallied six markers and 21 draw controls.

Links to live statistics and a video stream will be available on GoMarquette.com, courtesy of SMCGaels.com.

"Getting that first spring break trip under our belt will be huge and I think the team bonding aspect of being on the road together for that amount of time will be very beneficial," Black said.

The Golden Eagles will travel to Southern California following the matchup with St. Mary's and conclude their road trip with games at San Diego State (March 14) and USC (March 16).

BAAS' OFFENSIVE OUTBURST PROPELS MU TO FIRST HOME WIN
After scoring the game winner in MU's first victory of the season at Coastal Carolina, Hayley Baas led the Golden Eagles to a come-from-behind victory over Detroit on March 3 with a game-high four goals. Baas helped MU erase an early five-goal deficit to escape with its first-ever home win at Valley Fields. Redshirt freshman Anna Muzika scored the game winner with 1:11 remaining as MU topped the Titans 11-10.

Claire Costanza EXCELS IN SET-UP ROLE
Freshman Claire Costanza had an excellent start to Marquette's inaugural season, recording four points in each of the Golden Eagles' first three games. Costanza assisted on eight goals through the first three contests and tallied a helper on all six of Nicole Gleason's markers to that point. The Webster, N.Y., native leads MU with 14 points on the year and ranks 25th in NCAA Division I (as of March 4) with 2.25 assists per game. Costanza posted a school-record 40 assists last season as a senior at Webster Schroeder High School.

Hayley Baas GIVES MU FIRST WIN AT COASTAL IN 2OT
Freshman Hayley Baas gave Marquette its first victory on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Coastal Carolina by scoring 1:31 into a sudden-death double overtime. Classmate Claire Costanza found a cutting Baas from behind the net as Baas fired the game winner from about five meters past Coastal Carolina goalie Trista Kuehn. Kenzie Brown led the Golden Eagles with five goals against the Chanticleers, including a game-tying tally three minutes into the first overtime.

Lauren Hooker NETS FIRST MARQUETTE GOAL AT WINTHROP
Freshman midfielder Lauren Hooker scored the first goal in program history at Winthrop on Feb. 15, 2013. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native got the Golden Eagles on the board with 24:58 remaining in the first half and added her second goal of the night in the second half. Hooker was a 2012 US Lacrosse First Team All-American as a senior at East Grand Rapids High School where she helped the school to a 28-0 record and a state title while notching 153 points (112 G, 41 A).

TICKET PACKAGES NOW AVAILABLE
Individual and season ticket packages are now available for all seven Marquette women's lacrosse home games at Valley Fields. Individual tickets can be purchased on GoMarquette.com or at Valley Fields on game days. Single game tickets are $5 general admission and $3 for youth ages 12 and under. Full season packages cost $30 and include the seven MU women's contests as well as the men's games against Detroit and Duke.

BELTRAMELLO, COLEMAN AND DONOVAN NAMED FIRST CAPTAINS
Redshirt freshmen Jenaye Coleman and Emily Donovan, along with senior Lisa Beltramello were named the first captains for Marquette's inaugural 2013 campaign. Coleman (Apple Valley, Minn.) was a member of MU's first signing class, while Donovan (Fairfield, Conn./Ludlowe H.S.­­) and Beltramello (Suffield, Conn./Suffield H.S.) are both walk-ons.

MARQUETTE FACES BACK-LOADED REGULAR SEASON SLATE
After opening the regular season against two programs in their inaugural seasons (Winthrop, Coastal Carolina) and playing at USC in their first year of competition, the Golden Eagles close the regular season with four ranked teams in their final five contests. Marquette is scheduled to end the year against No. 14 Georgetown and No. 7/6 Loyola at home and No. 1/2 Syracuse and No. 8/10 Notre Dame on the road.

GOLDEN EAGLES COMPLETE RIGOROUS FALL SCHEDULE
Following a full academic year without intercollegiate competition, the Golden Eagles competed against premier programs during the 2012 fall semester. Marquette opened its fall schedule against coach Black's alma mater, Notre Dame, and also faced defending national champion Northwestern, as well as Ohio State and Virginia Tech, among others.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE 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 last year and will hold a PanCan awareness game on Sunday, April 14 against Loyola Maryland. Marquette will hold a 50/50 raffle on Friday, April 12 against Georgetown, while Sunday's match vs. Loyola will highlight the season-long campaign goal of a $5,000 donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/. Donations to Marquette's campaign can be made at bit.ly/MUpancan.

MARQUETTE ADDS LACROSSE AS EIGHTH WOMEN'S SPORT
Marquette University added women's lacrosse as its eighth varsity women's sport on Dec. 16, 2010 and hired Meredith Black as its first head coach in program history on Feb. 4, 2011. The addition of both the men's and women's lacrosse programs marked the first addition to MU's intercollegiate athletics offerings since women's soccer began competition in 1993.

ROSTER COMPOSITION REFLECTS NATIONAL GROWTH OF LAX
The Golden Eagles' roster is comprised of student-athletes from 17 different states, with New York leading the way with four Golden Eagles. Marquette also has student-athletes from South Carolina (Anna Muzika/Moore, S.C.) and California (Alex Winey/San Diego, Calif.), the location of the season's first two road trips.


 

 

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