MU Faces Off Against Cal, Opens BIG EAST at Cincy

March 15, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 8
Marquette (2-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) at California (1-7, 0-2 MPSF) 
Date Thursday, March 16  | 5 p.m. CT
Location Memorial Stadium | Berkeley, Calif.
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2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 9
Marquette (2-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) at Cincinnati (2-4, 0-0 BIG EAST) 
Date Sunday, March 19  | 11 a.m. CT
Location Sheakley Athletics Center | Cincinnati, Ohio
Stats | Video Live Stats | Live Stream
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MILWAUKEE - Marquette has escaped snowy Milwaukee and ventured west for spring break week as it prepares to take on California  followed by the BIG EAST opener on the road at Cincinnati.

The Last Meeting
February 26, 2016
Valley Fields
Marquette Routs Cal, 15-4, in Home Opener
The defense held steady, while the offense enjoyed the breakout performance it was looking for as the Marquette University women's lacrosse team cruised to a 15-4 rout over visiting California to register a victory in a chilly home opener at Valley Fields on Friday.

The Last Meeting
April 29, 2016
Valley Fields
Marquette Prevails Past Cincy On Senior Night, 8-7
It came down to the wire, but the Marquette University women's lacrosse team sent its 13-member senior class off with an 8-7 win over visiting Cincinnati on Senior Night at Valley Fields Friday.

First draw against the Bears will be Thursday, March 16 at 5 p.m. Central time. Live Stats and video courtesy of Pac-12 Networks will be available. MU will take on the Bearcats on Sunday, March 19 at 11 a.m. CT.

MU dropped an 18-10 result to No. 14/17 Northwestern on the road last time out. Despite the 18-10 loss, Julianna Shearer’s six goals on 11 shots accounted for two of Marquette’s five individual program-records set on Saturday. In addition, Grace Gabriel set the all-time mark with 11 draw controls, Fran Meyer with six caused turnovers and Molly Grozier with 15 saves.

The Golden Eagles nearly erased a fast start by the Wildcats as they closed the gap to 6-5 late in the first half before Northwestern scored two goals in the final minute before halftime and pulled away in the second half. Shearer leads the Marquette offense with 20 goals and 21 points on the season.

Cal was the unfortunate victim of two straight one-goal defeats before falling at home to UConn on Tuesday. The Bears now own a 1-7 record with a five-game losing streak and an 0-5 record inside Memorial Stadium.

The Golden Eagles and Bears met for the first time last season when MU raced to a convincing 17-4 victory at Valley Fields.

Marquette and Cincinnati have been accustomed to meeting in the regular season finale in each of the past two seasons, but will instead open up BIG EAST play on Sunday. The Bearcats entered the week 2-4 with wins over Campbell and Central Michigan. They will face Gardner-Webb on Friday before playing host to the Golden Eagles.

MU has met UC in each of its first four seasons, going 3-1 over that stretch with three straight wins, including last season’s come-from-behind, 8-7, victory at Valley Fields in the season finale.

Following Sunday’s game, the Golden Eagles will conclude their season-long seven-game road trip at Temple on Saturday, March 25, before hosting Villanova in the BIG EAST home opener on Saturday, April 1.

• The Golden Eagles took on their fifth nationally-ranked opponent of the season when they traveled to No. 14/17 Northwestern on a chilly day last Saturday. MU hung tough for the first 29 minutes, cutting the deficit to 6-5, before the Wildcats scored twice in the final minute and pulled away in the second half en route to an 18-10 win in Evanston.

• Despite the loss, Marquette set numerous individual marks, including Julianna Shearer’s single-game program record with six goals on 11 shots. Fran Meyer set another single-game mark with six caused turnovers, while Molly Grozier made a single-game record 15 saves.

• The Bears enter Thursday’s match-up with a 1-7 overall record, including an 0-2 mark in MPSF play. Before a 17-8 setback at home against UConn on Tuesday, Cal had two unfortunate high-scoring one-goal home defeats at the hands of St. Joseph’s (18-17) and William and Mary (19-18). The Bears have dropped five-straight contests.

• Offensively, Jena Fritts leads Cal with 27 points on 21 goals and six assists and already has two six-goal games on the season. Susie Ropp and Elizabeth Pellechi aren’t far behind with 19 and 17 points, respectively.

• In net, Jenny Wilkens has earned all eight starts for the Bears, owning a 1-6 record with a 15.03 GAA and a .414 save percentage.

• The Bearcats have played to a 2-4 overall record, snapping a two-game skid  with a 15-4 road victory at Central Michigan. Cincinnati will meet with Gardner-Webb on Friday, March 17 before hosting Marquette on Sunday, March 19.

• Offensively, Monica Borzillo owns nearly 30 percent of the team’s scoring, totaling 15 goals and 15 assists in only six starts. She is coming off her third BIG EAST Rookie of the Week award after notching two goals and three assists in the win over CMU. Amanda Donovan and Katie Stegmann are the other two Bearcats in double figures with 11 points.

• In net, the Bearcats have split time between Alex MacAffer and Madison Foery with MacAffer leading the way with a 1-3 record and sporting a 12.82 GAA with a .357 save percentage.

• The Golden Eagles and Bears met for the first time in 2016 home opener at Valley Fields with the Golden Eagles claiming a convincing 15-4 win. Amanda Bochniak had a career-high six points on three goals and three assists, while Grace Gabriel also scored a hat trick. The win featured then-program records in shots (38) and ground balls (37).
• Sunday’s match-up against the Bearcats will be the fifth meeting all-time between both programs. The Golden Eagles claim a 3-1 series edge, including three straight wins and back-to-back 8-7 victories. Last season’s comeback win occurred on Senior Day. Three Golden Eagles scored multi-goal games with 2016 grad and Cincinnati native Hayley Baas turning in a monster all-around performance with a goal, six ground balls and five caused turnovers.

• Marquette director of operations Jackie Borzillo is in her first year in her new role after a four-year playing career with the Golden Eagles and will watch from the sidelines as her sister and Cincinnati freshman Monica Borzillo looks to continue her stellar campaign. Monica leads the Bearcats and ranks second in the BIG EAST with 30 points on 15 goals and 15 assists.

Amanda Bochniak is just one point away from becoming the third member of the 100-point club at Marquette. The senior has 99 points on 45 goals and 54 assists in her career and looks to eclipse the threshold in Thursday’s match-up against California, against which she recorded three goals and three assists in a 15-4 win last season.

• 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 returned for her season season as the program’s leading scorer. She currently has 14 points (4g, 10a) on the year, giving her 143 career points on 64 goals and 79 assists.

• Similarly, Julianna Shearer is eyeing a place in the 100-point club, scoring 20 goals and an assist to bring her career total to 89 points, including 80 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 last week and back on Feb. 21, set a Marquette single-game record with six goals to go along with another single-game record of 11 shots in a loss to No. 14/17 Northwestern on Saturday. She now has 20 goals on the season and has reached 80 goals for her career.

• The Westminster, Maryland, native leads the team in goals (20) and points (21), while ranking tied for second in ground balls (12) through six games in 2017.




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