Marquette Returns to Valley to Host Central Michigan
March 16, 2016
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.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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 is tied with Gabriel for the team points lead among freshmen with seven points on five goals and two assists.
• 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.
• 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.
• 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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