Marquette Returns to Valley to Host Central Michigan

Sophomore Riley Hill leads the BIG EAST with 1.75 assists per game.
March 16, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 8
Marquette (2-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Central Mich. (3-2, 0-0 A-Sun)
Date Saturday, March 19 | 12 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles enter Saturday’s matchup fresh following a 10-day layoff and eager to get back into the win column when first-year program Central Michigan invades Valley Fields for a non-conference matchup Saturday, March 19.

Saturday’s game is slated for a 12 p.m. Central time start and live statistics will be available via GoMarquette.com.

Marquette is coming off a 17-11 loss to nationally-ranked Northwestern, a game in which it was within two goals with just over 8 minutes remaining. Despite the loss, the Golden Eagle offense is beginning to click, having registered its third double-digit scoring output of the year - one more than all of last season and its first against ranked opponent in program history.

Leading the way offensively for MU this season has been Allison Lane, whose 14 goals (2.00 gpg) ranks tied for 10th in the league in goals per game. Opportunities to score have increased as the success on the draw control continues to improve, highlighted by Julianna Shearer’s team-leading 22 draw controls, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST.

Central Michigan has enjoyed a fast start to the beginning of its program as the Chippewas have won three of their first five contests and are coming off two straight wins in which they outscored both Delaware State and VCU by a combined score of 25-10.

Jocelyne Lemay leads CMU offensively with 12 goals, while Anna Schoonover has nine points on six goals and three assists to go along with a team-high 17 draw controls. Dominique Hamman has started all five games in goal and boasts an 8.54 goals against average with a .507 save percentage.

With CMU in its first-ever season, this marks the first meeting between both programs. The lone common opponent thus far has been Michigan, which defeated CMU 14-1 before downing MU 11-8 earlier this season.

Following Saturday’s contest against CMU, the Golden Eagles will head to Colorado for their spring break trip to take on Denver on holy Saturday, March 26, before returning home to face No. 5/5 Notre Dame at Valley Fields on Monday, March 28.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles are coming off a 17-11 loss to then-No. 11/13 Northwestern in Evanston, Illinois where the Wildcats pulled away after Marquette cut the deficit to 12-10 with a little over 8 minutes left in the contest.

• MU held an 11-4 edge in the draw control at halftime, but committed 14 first-half turnovers and trailed 9-5 at the break. NU made some adjustments and held MU to just one draw control in the second half, while corralling 14 of its own and outscored the Golden Eagles 5-1 over the final several minutes of play.

• MU put seven players in the scoring column with four totaling two goals apiece. Sophomore Allison Lane scored twice and has now scored in every game this season. Julianna Shearer added two goals, as well, to go along with four draw controls, while freshman Cate Soccodato  scored twice with an assist on another to lead the MU offense.

• The Wildcats were led by Corinne Wessels and Kaleigh Craig, who combined for seven goals and two assists. NU capitalized on 23 MU turnovers and went 7-for-12 on the free-position.

SCOUTING CENTRAL MICHIGAN
• The Chippewas, a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference and in their first season as a NCAA Division I program, are 3-2 and currently riding a streak of three wins in four games. During that stretch, CMU has put together convincing wins against Gardner-Webb (16-4) and Delaware State (19-5) and is coming off a narrow 6-5 victory over fellow first-year program VCU back on March 13.

• Jocelyne Lemay almost single-handedly led CMU to its win over VCU, scoring five of the team’s six goals, including the game-winner with just 34 seconds remaining in regulation. She leads the team with 12 goals on the season and a team-high 21 shots (19 SOG). Anna Schoonover, who scored the first goal of the game in the win over VCU, has six goals and three assists on the season to go with a team-high 17 draw controls.

• In net, Dominique Hamman has started all five games for the Chippewas and stood out as one of the best goalies in the A-Sun. Her 8.54 goals against average ranks tops in the league, while her 38 saves, .507 save percentage and 3-2 record all ranks in the top-five as well.

SERIES HISTORY
• This marks the first-ever matchup between both programs. MU and CMU have faced one common opponent this season in Michigan, which handed the Chippewas a 14-1 setback in the season opener before edging the Golden Eagles by a score of 11-8 back on Feb. 21.

• CMU fell to BIG EAST-foe Cincinnati by a score of 14-5 in its only other loss. MU will face the Bearcats in the regular season finale on April 29. MU defeated A-Sun-foe Detroit by a 14-5 score back on March 6. CMU will play the Titans in league action on March 30.

SOCCODATO CLAIMS BIG EAST FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK HONORS
• Freshman Cate Soccodato totaled two goals and an assist to post a career-high three-point effort in the loss to No. 11/13 Northwestern. The Huntington, NY native is the second Golden Eagle bestowed the honor this season after Grace Gabriel was awarded back on Feb. 16.

• Soccodato is tied with Gabriel for the team points lead among freshmen with seven points on five goals and two assists.

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING
• Marquette is averaging 23.71 ground balls per contest, which ranks first in the BIG EAST and second in the nation behind Presbyterian (28.63 gb/game). MU’s average is up nearly eight ground balls per game compared to last season. The Golden Eagles set a program record with 39 ground balls in a 15-4 victory over California back on Feb. 26.

OFFENSE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE
• The Golden Eagles had been waiting for the breakout offensive performance to get them going and they got it in a 15-4 win over Cal on Feb. 26. Since then, MU has averaged 11 goals per game over a three-game stretch. Prior to the Cal win, MU averaged fewer than eight goals per game.

• In the Cal win, Marquette tied single-game program records for most goals scored (15), most players to record goals (8) and set the Valley Fields record for most MU goals in a game. It also set program marks for most shots (37) and most ground balls (38) in a single game.

• Individually, Amanda Bochniak tied for the fourth-most points scored in a game with six, including tying her career-best of three goals. Freshman Grace Gabriel also set a career-best with her first hat trick as well.

EARLY GOALS NOT EQUALING STURDY LEADS
• Gaining an early lead is always the preferred method for teams and Marquette has succeeded in that strategy in every game this season. The Golden Eagles have scored the first goal in each of its first seven games to start the 2016 campaign. However, gaining the early advantage has not translated into holding the final margin of victory as MU is just 2-5 on the year.

• Prior to the start of this year, the MU had compiled a 7-6 record in games they scored first. In 2015, MU was 3-4 in such games, defeating UC Davis, St. Mary’s and Detroit.

WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
• In 2015, Marquette held its opponents under 10 goals seven times, which was three more than the season prior. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 7-2, including a 5-2 record last season. MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game.

• Prior to the loss at nationally-ranked Northwestern on March 8, MU had allowed 10 or fewer goals in three straight games, going 2-1 over that stretch. The Golden Eagles currently rank second in the BIG EAST and 17th-nationally in caused turnovers per game (10.29 CT/game).


 

 

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