MU Battles No. 9 Northwestern in Non-Con Finale
March 8, 2018
MILWAUKEE – The Golden Eagles close out their non-conference schedule against No. 9/12 Northwestern on Saturday, March 10 in Evanston, Illinois.
Marquette (4-3) has an opportunity to finish with an above-.500 mark in non-conference play for the first time in program history when it meets the Wildcats (4-2) on Saturday at noon Central time. The game can be seen live on BTN Plus or through the BTN2Go app with statistics provided via NUSports.com.
MU is coming off another record-setting performance in its 23-15 win over Niagara last time out. It marked the second time this season the program-record for goals has been broken, following a 22-12 win over Stetson earlier this season.
Senior attack Charlotte McGuire’s six goals scored tied Julianna Shearer and teammate Grace Gabriel for the single-game goals record. Classmate Riley Hill set a career-high with eight points on four goals and four assists, while Gabriel tallied four goals, an assist, three groundballs, nine draw controls and four caused turnovers for another solid all-around effort.
Northwestern enters Saturday with a 4-2 record overall, but has dropped two of its previous three contests, falling to then-No. 19 Duke by a score of 9-8 prior to its most recent loss to top-ranked Stony Brook, 15-10, at home.
The Wildcats are led by Selena Lasota, who has 21 points on 15 goals and six assists. Danita Stroup is second on the team with 14 points (12g, 2a) followed by Sheila Nesselbush with 13 points (10g, 3a).
Northwestern holds a 4-0 edge all-time against Marquette in the series with three of the four taking place away from Valley Fields. MU has scored double-digit goals in each of the previous two outings with a 17-11 loss in 2016 followed by a 18-10 setback last year.
Following Saturday’s matchup, the Golden Eagles prepare for the BIG EAST Conference opener against Cincinnati, which makes its way to Milwaukee for a Sunday, March 18 matchup inside the Valley Dome.
• The current scoring trend during the team’s current five-game (4-1) stretch is quite impressive. MU is averaging 17.8 goals per game. Marquette is on pace for a remarkable 252 goals scored in 2018, which would shatter last year’s record-breaking season of 219 goals.
• MU is outscoring opponents, 104-89 (+15), through seven games this season.
• Additionally, the Golden Eagles have boasted the BIG EAST’s leader in draws per game in each of the past two seasons. Last season, Grace Gabriel set the Marquette record with 81 total draws and led the league with 5.67 draws per game following a 2016 campaign that saw Allison Lane lead the BIG EAST with 3.43 draws per contest.
• This season, Lane and Gabriel are tied with 37 draws apiece through seven games, ranking tied for second in the BIG EAST and 38th-nationally.
• The offense overall ranks 17th in scoring (14.86 goals per game), while ranking 12th in points per game (21.57) thanks to an average of 6.71 assists per contest, which is 13th in the country.
• Individually, Grace Gabriel’s 26 goals scored ranks third in the country behind Sam Apuzzo of Boston College, who boasts 37 goals already. Gabriel, along with Riley Hill, rank tied for 13th-nationally with 29 points scored. Hill’s 15 assists rank sixth in the country.
• Marquette features a program-record nine home games in 2018, which is three more than last year and one more than its previous high of eight back in 2016 when it went 5-3 at Valley Fields. With non-conference play finished at home, MU looks ahead to five BIG EAST opponents set to make their way to Milwaukee, beginning with Cincinnati on March 18.
• She garnered BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll accolades in back-to-back weeks (Feb. 20; Feb. 27), while becoming the fifth member of the 100-career point club at Marquette following a seven-point performance against Stetson. She joined Hayley Baas (‘16), Claire Costanza (‘17), Julianna Shearer (‘17) and Amanda Bochniak (‘17) in the exclusive group.
• The West Islip, NY, native needed just one point entering the Stetson game and recorded seven. She followed it up with an eight-point performance in a win over Niagara (March 3) and now has 116 career points on 68 goals and 48 assists.
• Lane’s 98 points have come on 79 goals and 19 assists. She has 14 goals and seven assists in 2018. The senior currently has 138 draw controls, which trails Gabriel (143) by just five for the program record, as the two share the distinction of top-two draw specialists all-time.
• Gabriel, who has 86 goals and 10 assists in just 41 career games, is just four points away from the century mark. She’s tied for the team-lead with 29 points on 26 goals and three assists and is currently on pace for over 70 points, including over 63 goals scored.
• The Golden Eagles are still due to face a trio of ranked teams according to the latest IWLCA poll in No. 3 Florida, No. 21 Denver, and new to the party, No. 25 Georgetown.
• In the latest Inside Lacrosse Poll, Denver cracks the top-20, while Georgetown, Johns Hopkins and Louisville are receiving votes. Florida (No. 4), Northwestern (No. 12) and Notre Dame (No. 17) are all firmly in the Top-20.
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