Villanova and Rutgers on tap for Golden Eagles
March 20, 2013
MARQUETTE WOMEN'S LACROSSE
vs. Villanova (4-3, 0-0 BIG EAST)
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team will host its first BIG EAST Conference opponents of the season this weekend when the squad welcomes Villanova to Valley Fields at 5 p.m. Friday, March 22 before hosting Rutgers on Sunday at noon.
Friday’s game is “Lacrosse 101 Night,” offering a chance for fans to learn the nuances of the sport, while a post-game clinic will be held following Sunday’s contest. Marquette will also hold a canned food drive, benefitting Hunger Task Force on Friday. All fans who donate two non-perishable food items will receive free admission.
The Golden Eagles (2-6) have dropped four straight games after an 11-10 victory over Detroit on March 3 at Valley Fields and head into Friday’s tilt with the Wildcats on the heels of an 18-4 loss to Harvard on Tuesday afternoon. Freshman attack Claire Costanza leads Marquette with 23 points and a team-high 15 assists. The Webster, N.Y., native posted a goal and a pair of assists in the loss to the Crimson, while goalies Sarah Priem and Emma Salter shared duties in net.
Villanova (4-3) enters Friday’s game winners of three straight, but is just 1-3 on the road this season. Jessica Mucci leads the Wildcats with 31 points on the strength of seven goals and 24 assists, while Jackie Froccaro has posted a team-high 15 goals in just five of the squad’s seven games. Mucci was named the BIG EAST Conference Offensive Player of the Week after posting a career-high eight points in Villanova’s 11-7 win over Davidson on Saturday.
The Scarlet Knights, ranked 19th in the Inside Lacrosse/deBeer Women’s Media Poll, will face Notre Dame on Friday evening before heading north for Sunday’s matchup in Milwaukee. Rutgers is 7-1 on the season with its lone defeat coming at the hands of Temple, 8-7, on Feb. 20. Katrina Martinelli’s 22 goals and six assists lead the Scarlet Knights, while Lily Kalata has started all eight games in net and has posted a 6.27 goals against average and a .500 save percentage.
Live statistics will be available through GameTracker on GoMarquette.com.
Following this weekend’s competition, the Golden Eagles will have next week off before hitting the road to face Cincinnati and Louisville on Friday, April 5 and Sunday, April 7, respectively.
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