Marquette Concludes California Swing at USC Sunday
March 14, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team is riding a wave of confidence and success after dispatching UC-Davis and St. Mary's College last week to begin its West coast swing. The Golden Eagles, who sit .500 on the season with a 3-3 overall mark, now seek the program's first-ever four-game winning streak when they head to Los Angeles to take on the University of Southern California in a marquee match-up Sunday, March 15.
Live statistics (GameTracker) and video will be available courtesy of USCTrojans.com. First draw Sunday is set for 2 p.m. Central time.
The Golden Eagles successfully fought through another overtime battle when it outlasted UC-Davis, 5-4, for its second-straight extra-session win. Marquette then carried over that momentum with a dominating, 15-4, triumph over St. Mary's College.
Against UC-Davis, Emily Donovan was the answer, responding with two goals, including the game's first tally followed by the game-winner in overtime. Taylor Smith also found the back of the net twice, while Claire Costanza provided the assist on the game-winner on the way to a three-point performance.
Costanza saved her best for St. Mary's, however, turning in a career-best 10-point performance, totaling three goals and seven assists to lead the way. Riley Hill also scored three times, while Nicole Gleason, Hayley Baas and Donovan each added two goals apiece.
MU's offense has come alive of late with 20 goals so far on the road trip and a 29-shot advantage over the opposition in both games combined so far.
USC is another team on a roll at the moment, picking up its fourth-straight win with a dominating 18-5 win over visiting California on Friday. The Trojans built an insurmountable, 11-2, advantage by halftime. Amanda Johansen led her squad with five goals, while Kylie Drexel and leading-scorer Caroline de Lyra each chipped in four points apiece.
Marquette is meeting USC for the third time-ever with the Trojans taking the first two meetings by scores of 12-9 and 11-5.
Following Sunday's contest at USC, the Golden Eagles will return home for the first time in a month to play host to Michigan (March 20) and Detroit (March 22) for a weekend homestand.
LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Eagles made it 2-for-2 on the trip with a convincing 15-4 win over St. Mary's College last time out. MU tallied 16 more shots (29-13) and five more ground balls (18-13), while forcing SMC into 21 turnovers, nine more than it committed.
Claire Costanza displayed one of the best performances in program history, totaling 10 points on three goals and seven assists. The junior from Webster, New York had her hand in seven first-half goals as the Golden Eagles took a 10-2 lead into the break.
Freshman Riley Hill picked up her first-career hat trick, while Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason and Emily Donovan added two goals apiece as well.
Junior goalkeeper Sarah Priem picked up her third-straight win in net, needing to make just one save against SMC in 30 minutes of action before making way for junior Emma Salter to come on in relief.
Over the last two outings, Marquette has outshot its opponents by a combined 29 shots, including a margin of +27 in shots on goal.
SCOUTING SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
The Trojans are in the midst of their third season as an NCAA program and off to a solid 4-2 start in 2015. USC compiled a 9-9 record a season ago, including a 6-3 mark in MPSF play. USC returns four of its top-five scorers from 2014, led by Caroline de Lyra, who paced the Trojans with 49 points (28g, 21a) in her sophomore season.
Following an 0-2 start, USC has strung together four-straight wins, including three straight at home. Most recently, the Trojans knocked off California, 18-5. USC dominated play to the tune of an 11-2 halftime lead and held a 36-6 advantage in shots. Amanda Johansen led the Trojans with five points - all of them goals - while Kylie Drexel and de Lyra each added four points on five combined goals.
Caroline de Lyra leads the Trojans with 25 points, including 10 assists this season. Michaela Michael has totaled 21 points, including a team-best 17 goals, while Amanda Johansen has chipped in 16 goals. In net, USC has looked primarily to Gussie Johns, who sports a 4-2 record with a 7.41 goals against average and a .286 save percentage in six starts.
Sunday's match-up will mark the third all-time between Marquette and USC with the Trojans taking each of the first two meetings. USC won 12-9 at home back in 2013, followed by an 11-5 win in Milwaukee last season. In last year's meeting, which also marked the regular season finale, the Trojans took a 5-1 lead into halftime. Caroline de Lyra collected a hat trick for USC, while Marquette was led by Taylor Smith's two goals.
COSTANZA PASSES THE CENTURY MARK
Junior attacker Claire Costanza became the first Marquette player in program history to surpass 100 career points when she registered a career-high 10 points in the 15-4 win over St. Mary's. The Webster, New York native scored three goals and dished out seven assists in the win and now sits with 105 points (49g, 56a) as a Golden Eagle. As of March 11, she ranked first in the BIG EAST and 10th-nationally with 12 assists on the season.
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 two years and will host their third annual Pan Can game on Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m. against Georgetown at Hart Park in Wauwatosa as part of a doubleheader with the men. Marquette raised over $10,000 in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer last season and has raised over $12,000 in 2015. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
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PRIEM, SMITH EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
Junior Sarah Priem was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week (March 3) for her 10 saves in Marquette's 8-7 overtime win at Duquesne on the road. Meanwhile, redshirt-sophomore Taylor Smith recorded a career-high four goals in leading the Golden Eagles to their first the win of the season.
Riley Hill NAMED BIG EAST ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman attacker Riley Hill collected her first-ever BIG EAST weekly accolade (Feb. 24) after scoring twice against No. 5 Northwestern back on Feb. 21. It was the West Islip, New York native's first career start and she made the most of it, scoring her first two career goals in the final 11:03 of regulation to help the Golden Eagles outscore Northwestern, 4-3, over the final 22:08 of the second half.
GOSLEE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN AND ALL-BIG EAST
The preseason accolades have come in fast and furious for junior defender Elizabeth Goslee since the Cincinnati, Ohio native was named an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by the publication in early December. Goslee, a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, was also named preseason all-conference unanimously and shared BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors with Georgetown's Adrianne Devine and Florida's Caroline Fitzgerald.
GOSLEE ON 2014-15 US LACROSSE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Elizabeth Goslee was named to the 38-player roster for the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team in mid-June, as one of 10 defenders on the squad. Players were selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool, and were evaluated by the Team USA coaching staff, led by Georgetown's Ricky Fried. The team trained and competed in several exhibition events, the most recent of which was the 10th annual Champions Challenge on Jan. 17-18 in Naples, Florida against Maryland and Syracuse. The U.S. team is competing as part of its training in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England.
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 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, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of Marquette student-athletes and professional athletes worldwide.
Molly O'Brien BLAZES NEW TRAIL FOR MU WOMEN'S LAX
As a defensive midfielder junior Molly O'Brien knows she needs to get on and off the field quickly during shifts. The Winnetka, Illinois, native has carried over that speed to Marquette's track and field team and has competed in three indoor track meets already this winter for the Golden Eagles. At the John Tierney Triangular on Jan. 23, O'Brien took home first place in the 60-meter dash, posting a mark of 7.88 seconds, the ninth-fastest time in Marquette history.
MARQUETTE RETURNING EXPERIENCE IN 2015
The Golden Eagles bring back 26 players from last year's 5-12 team, including all 12 starters. Out of 38 women on the roster, 25 are either sophomores or juniors. Eight players, Claire Costanza, Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason, Molly O'Brien, Elizabeth Goslee, Jacqueline Borzillo, Sarah Priem, and Kayce Haverstick have either started or played all 34 games in Marquette women's lacrosse history. In addition, three sophomores, Amanda Bochniak, Taylor Smith, and Fran Meyer either started or played in all 17 games in 2014.
WITH EXPERIENCE COMES EFFICIENCY
Junior Claire Costanza led Marquette in points and assists in both her freshman and sophomore years. In 2013 she accounted for almost 30 percent of the Golden Eagles' points, while in 2014 she saw her offensive share drop to 22 percent, but the Blue and Gold totaled 54 more points in 2014. This was due to the emergence of sophomore Amanda Bochniak (22g, 20a in 2014), junior midfielder Hayley Baas (22g, 26gb in 2014), and sophomore Julianna Shearer, who notched 15 points in just seven games. This offensive group committed 100 less turnovers in 2014 (282) compared to 2013 (383).
LONG ROAD TRIP FOLLOWED BY FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND
Marquette will spend its spring break in California on March 8-15 for the second time in its first three seasons with games at UC Davis, St. Mary's and USC. Including a Feb. 28 game at Duquesne, the Golden Eagles will follow up that four-game road stretch with a season-long four game homestand in March, its longest in program history. The Golden Eagles will welcome Michigan, Detroit, Notre Dame and Villanova to Valley Fields from March 20-28.
BAAS, COLEMAN, GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2015 CAPTAINS
Marquette's captains Hayley Baas, Jenaye Coleman, Elizabeth Goslee, and Kayce Haversitck all served in the leadership position together in 2014. Coleman, a junior, has been a captain since the inception of the Golden Eagles' program in 2013. Coleman, Goslee, and Haverstick started all 17 games together on defense and forced opponents to shoot 100 less shots in 2014 (308) than they did in 2013 (409).
CHANGING LANDSCAPE IN BIG EAST CONFERENCE
This season Vanderbilt and Florida have been added to the BIG EAST, rounding out the conferences competitors at eight schools. This addition represents a ramp up in strength of schedule for the Golden Eagles. According to the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll a pair of BIG EAST squads, Florida (No. 3) and Georgetown (No. 17) are ranked to start the 2015 campaign. Marquette will also face No. 8 Northwestern and No. 19 Johns Hopkins in the month of February, while welcoming No. 9 Notre Dame to Milwaukee in March to prepare for what will be a tough BIG EAST slate.
MARQUETTE SIGNS EIGHT 2015 SENIORS TO NLIs
Eight current high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent this past fall and will suit up for the Golden Eagles in the spring of 2016:
- Holly Anderson (M, Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central)
- Carly Colman (A, Needham, Mass./Needham)
- Logan Dobratz (M, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North)
- Grace Gabriel (M, Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central)
- Catelyn Soccodato (A/M, Huntington, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy)
- Abigail Squirrell (M, Ossining, N.Y./Ossining)
- Kaitlyn Viviano (D, West Islip, N.Y./West Islip)
- Lindsey Willcocks (D/M, Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor)
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