Women's Lax Welcomes Michigan, Detroit This Weekend
March 19, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team is on the heels of a successful West coast road trip after going 2-1 over an 8-day span and now looks forward to a four-game homestand at Valley Fields. The Golden Eagles will start things off with the University of Michigan Friday, March 20, followed by a match-up against Detroit Sunday, March 22.
Live statistics (GameTracker) courtesy of GoMarquette.com. First draw Friday is scheduled for 5 p.m., while Sunday's start time is slated for 1 p.m.
The Golden Eagles had climbed all the way to the .500 mark before falling to USC last time out in some brutally warm conditions in which the temperature reached near 90 degrees. MU, down 3-0 early, fought back to cut the deficit to 5-4 before halftime. However, the Trojans would score all six goals in the second half to go onto an 11-4 win.
Marquette was led by freshman Allison Lane, who registered her first multi-goal game of her career, scoring twice on her only two shots of the game. Her second goal came with 2:43 remaining in the first half to bring the score to 5-4, which is the closest MU would get.
Junior Claire Costanza entered the contest red hot following a 10-point performance in a win over St. Mary's. But USC was able to limit her to just one assist on the day, which extended her consecutive games points streak to 12.
MU has prided itself on defense to this point. Through the first seven games this season, the Golden Eagles rank first in the BIG EAST and 26th in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 8.57 goals per game. In the same breath, junior goalie Sarah Priem also ranks first in the BIG EAST with a goals against average of 8.24.
Michigan (4-3) comes into Friday's match as winners of four of its last five games, averaging 16.6 goals per game over that span. The Wolverines are led by Kim Coughlan and Anna Schueler, who each have 21 points on the season and have combined for 35 goals.
Detroit (3-4) is coming off a win over Delaware State on Monday, matching a school-record with 22 goals in the process. Tessa Keuler leads the way offensively with 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists.
Following Sunday's contest, Marquette will do battle with Notre Dame Wednesday, March 25 (4 p.m.) before jumping into BIG EAST play against Villanova Saturday, March 28 (12 p.m.). Both games to take place at Valley Fields.
LAST TIME OUT
The Golden Eagles dropped a disappointing 11-4 affair to USC to close out their spring trip in California with a 2-1 record. After taking a slim 5-4 lead into halftime, the Trojans came out in the second half and outscored MU 6-0 to close it out amid sweltering temperatures that reached nearly 90 degrees.
USC held a 23-15 advantage in shots, including a 16-11 edge in shots on goal. The Trojans were 3-for-6 on free-position shots, while the Golden Eagles were just 1-for-5.
Freshman Allison Lane recorded her first career multi-goal game, connecting on both of the shots she took. She now has three goals on the season.
Junior Claire Costanza extended her points streak to 12 consecutive games dating back to the final five games of the 2014 season. She continues to lead MU with 23 points, including a league-leading 13 assists, and is tied for the team lead with Taylor Smith with 10 goals.
The victory gave USC five-straight wins, while the setback marked the first for MU in four games.
The Wolverines are in their second full season as a program and off to a 4-3 start, matching their inaugural-season win total after going 4-13 in 2014 with a team comprised of 27 freshmen. Michigan's top-four leading scorers are all back, including Jess Angerman (31g, 13a) and Anna Schueler (32g, 11a), who led the squad with 44 and 43 points, respectively.
Following an 0-2 start, the Wolverines have rattled off four wins in their last five games, including a 15-8 victory over Niagra last time out (March 14). Michigan is 2-2 on the road this season with losses at No. 4 Florida and Winthrop, followed by wins against California and St. Mary's (Calif.).
Kim Coughlan and Schueler are tied for the team-lead with 21 points this season. Coughlan has the slight edge with 18 goals scored, while Schueler has 17 through seven games this season. Angerman is third on the team in goals (16) and points (19). In net, Allison Silber is 4-3 in seven starts for the Wolverines with a 10.95 goals against average and .395 save percentage.
A LOOK AT DETROIT
The Titans are in their seventh season as a program and finished 5-13 a year ago after upsetting second-seeded Elon in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. Tessa Keuler returns after leading the team with 40 points a season ago on 22 goals and 18 assists.
Detroit is 2-2 on its current road trip with wins over St. Mary's (16-6) and Delaware State (22-6) and losses to UC Davis (13-10) and Robert Morris (14-12). The Titans' 22 goals against Delaware State last time out matched a program record for goals in a single game.
Keuler is already more than halfway to her point total from last year, leading Detroit with 23 points on 10 goals and 13 assists. Kylie Birney leads five players with double-digit goals this season with 15 through seven games. In net, Lexie McCormick sports a 3-4 record with a 12.13 goals against average and .494 save percentage. She has five double-digit save performances this season with a season-high 18 saves coming in a loss to Notre Dame (Feb. 15) on the road.
Friday's meeting will mark the second all-time between both schools with Marquette recording a 12-10 victory in their lone match-up in Ann Arbor back on Feb. 28, 2014. The Golden Eagles fell behind in that one early, trailing 5-0 before storming back to take a 6-5 lead by halftime and they never trailed again. Julianna Shearer and Kenzie Brown registered three goals and an assist each, while Claire Costanza added a goal and four assists in the win. Jess Angerman led the Wolverines with four goals and two assists in defeat.
Sunday's match-up marks the third all-time with MU holding a 2-0 edge in the series. The Golden Eagles took last year's meeting by a 15-9 score behind five goals from Shearer and three more from Hayley Baas. Kylie Birney paced the Titans with four scores in the loss.
PACING THE BIG EAST
As of March 19, Marquette boasted the BIG EAST's best scoring defense, allowing opponents just 8.21 goals per game and ranking a full goal ahead of UConn (9.22gaa), who sits in second.
As big part of that has been junior goalie Sarah Priem, who leads the league and ranks 24th-nationally with an 8.24 goals against average.
Offensively, junior attacker Claire Costanza ranks first in the BIG EAST and 20th-nationally with 13 assists (1.86 apg) through seven games.
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 106 points (49g, 57a) as a Golden Eagle. As of March 19, she ranked tied for first in the BIG EAST and 20th-nationally with 13 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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