Women's Lax Takes on No. 14/17 Northwestern on Saturday

March 9, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 7
Marquette (2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) at #14/17 Northwestern (2-4, 0-0 B1G) 
Date Saturday, March 11  | 12 p.m. CT
Location Martin Field | Evanston, Ill.
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MILWAUKEE - Marquette is looking to get back into the win column in the midst of a season-long seven-game road swing when it takes on No. 14/17 Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday, March 11.

The Last Meeting
March 8, 2016
Evanston, Ill.
Marquette Falls at 11/13 Northwestern, 17-11
Seven different players collected goals for the Marquette University women's lacrosse team, but it wasn't enough as host Northwestern pulled away late to register a 17-11 victory in its home opener at Martin Stadium on Tuesday.

First draw against the Wildcats is slated for 12 p.m. Central time. Live stats will be available via NUSports.com with a live video (subscription-based) feed courtesy of BTN Plus on BTN2Go.

MU went 1-1 last week with a convincing 20-7 win over Kennesaw State in Georgia followed by a 20-6 setback against No. 13/9 Colorado in Boulder.

A total off 11 Golden Eagles scored as MU set a program-record with 20 goals in the win over Kennesaw State. MU fired off a record 45 shots and scored 10 goals in each half to upend the Owls. Amanda Bochniak scored her second straight four-point, three-goal effort, while Allison Lane chipped in her second hat trick of the season. Three Golden Eagles also registered their first career goals and Marquette won its second in a row.

Unfortunately, the streak came to an end as the Top-10-ranked Buffaloes made quick work at home on Sunday. Julianna Shearer, Grace Gabriel and Lane each scored twice, but it wasn’t enough to stun upstart Colorado.

MU now looks ahead to No. 14/17 Northwestern, which has lost four straight games and averages just 8.5 goals per contest. The leading scorer for the Wildcats is Christina Esposito, who has 17 goals on the season.

Saturday’s match-up will mark the fourth consecutive season that both teams will meet as the first three meetings went to NU, including last season’s 17-11 result in Evanston.  The Wildcats will be Marquette’s fifth ranked opponent of the young season.

Following Saturday’s game, the Golden Eagles will head to Berkley, California for Spring Break, gearing up for a Thursday, March 16 match-up against the Cal Bears, followed by a return trip to Cincinnati for the BIG EAST opener on March 19.

• The Golden Eagles went 1-1 on the week with both contests ending in stark contrast of each other following a record-breaking 20-7 victory over Kennesaw State and a 20-6 setback to No. 13/9 Colorado. Both games occurred on the road as MU continues its season-long seven-game road swing.

• In the 20-7 win, 11 Golden Eagles found the back of the net led by Amanda Bochniak’s second-straight four-point, three-goal effort. Allison Lane found a resurgence offensively in netting her second hat trick of the season. Julianna Shearer added two goals, an assist, five ground balls and five draw controls in a dominating all-around effort. Meanwhile, Logan Dobratz, Abigail Squirrell and Mary Kate Condon each found the net for the first time in their careers. The Golden Eagles fired off a program-record 45 shots and committed just eight turnovers - another program-record.

• Against the upstart Buffaloes, it was a slow start for the offense as CU jumped out to a 7-0 lead before Julianna Shearer finally got MU on the scoreboard with 14:15 left in the first. Shearer, Allison Lane and Grace Gabriel would score two goals apiece to provide all the scoring for the visitors. Colorado would net seven of its 20 goals off free-position opportunities, while Marquette gathered just 11 ground balls and committed 19 turnovers.

• The No. 14/17 Wildcats entered the week 2-4 overall after a bit of a rough stretch that has seen them drop four straight games on the road to teams currently ranked in the IWLCA Top-10 (Colorado, USC, Syracuse, Stony Brook). Three of the losses were by a combined four goals, including two in overtime, before a 13-5 setback at No. 8 Stony Brook last time out (March 5).

• Offensively, Northwestern is averaging just 8.5 goals per game and has been outscored by 1.5 goals through the first six contests. NU has reached double-digits in just half of its games, topping out with a 14-goal effort in a one-goal win over No. 8 Notre Dame earlier this season. Christina Esposito leads the team with 17 goals on the season, while Selena Lasota ranks second with eight goals and five assists to go along with a team-leading 12 ground balls and 14 draw controls, but has missed the previous two contests. 

• In net, Mallory Weisse has played every minute for the Wildcats this season, making 55 saves while holding a solid .478 save percentage and 9.89 goals against average.

• The Golden Eagles will take on the Wildcats for the fourth consecutive season, seeking their first-ever win. In each of the previous three meetings, Northwestern has sported a Top-20 ranking and enters Saturday’s match-up ranked 14th by the IWLCA and 17th according to Inside Lacrosse.

• Last season saw the Wildcats come away with a 17-11 win after pulling away late. Seven Golden Eagles found the back of the net with four scoring multi-goal games. Taylor Smith’s second goal with 8:42 remaining cut the MU deficit to 12-10 before Northwestern responded with a 5-0 run to cement the victory at home.

• 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 13 points (4g, 9a) on the year so far, now has 142 career points on 64 goals and 78 assists.

• Looking to add her name to the century club is Amanda Bochniak (96 points; 45 goals, 51 assists), who sits just four points away. Also threatening is Julianna Shearer, who has 14 goals and an assist, bringing her career total to 83 points, including 74 goals.

• Sophomore Cate Soccodato, who competed for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in the Czech Republic prior to her freshman season at Marquette, battled it out with 40 other hopefuls during winter break before learning she had made the final roster of 18 players set to compete in the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.

• The Huntington, N.Y., native is eligible to compete for the Italians through her family’s lineage and is one of six Italian-Americans set to compete. Also on the squad will be her younger sister, Emma, who takes Cate’s place as the youngest member of the squad.

• Shearer, who was also honored back on Feb. 21, poured in four goals and an assist on 11 shots to go along with a team-leading six ground balls, eight draw controls and four caused turnovers last week. She registered a big all-around effort with two goals, an assist, five ground balls and five draw controls in a 20-7 win over Kennesaw State (Feb. 28).

• The Westminster, Maryland, native leads the team in draw controls (21), ranks second in points (15) and goals (14), and third in ground balls (13) through six games in 2017.

• When Marquette holds opponents to fewer than 10 goals, it has an all-time record of 17-3. The defense held opponents to fewer than the double-digit mark on five occasions in 2016 and won each contest. The win over Kennesaw State was the second-straight win when holding the opposition to fewer than 10 goals.

• Marquette welcomed another daunting non-conference schedule in 2017. After kicking off the 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), the Golden Eagles will meet their second-straight and fifth IWLCA Top-20 opponent in No. 14 Northwestern on Saturday.

• Still lurking is No. 16 Denver (April 8) on the road and No. 3 Florida (April 5), which makes its first trip to Valley Fields since 2015.




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