Women's Lax Hosts Notre Dame Wednesday

Junior Claire Costanza leads MU with 33 points in 2015.
March 24, 2015

2015 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 10
Notre Dame(5-4) at Marquette (4-5)
Date Wednesday, March 25| 4 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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MILWAUKEE
- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team is looking to close out non-conference play with two straight wins as it welcomes in Notre Dame for a mid-week tilt. The Golden Eagles and Fighting Irish are set to square off at  Valley Fields at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

Live statistics (GameTracker) are available courtesy of GoMarquette.com.

Marquette endured an up-and-down weekend in its return to Valley Fields when it squandered a first-half lead against Michigan in a 10-7 loss on Friday before responding in convincing fashion in a 13-5 rout over Detroit Sunday.

The Golden Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 lead against th Wolverines thanks to a pair of scores by Riley Hill and another by Claire Costanza. MU would take a 6-2 advantage into the intermission. For as poorly as Michigan played in the first half, it more than made up for it in the final 30 minutes.

The Wolverines responded with eight unanswered goals before Costanza netted MU its only goal of the second half with 6 seconds remaining. Hill finished with a hat trick, while Costanza recorded four points and Nicole Gleason added two goals in the loss. U-M peppered the Marquette goalie tandem with 33 shots.

The Blue and Gold would make a valiant response Sunday against a Detroit squad coming off a 22-goal performance in a win over Delaware State. The Marquette D-unit held the Titans to just 18 shots, including seven in the second half, and MU dominated draw controls to the tune of an 18-2 margin.

Offensively, Costanza registered a team-high six points, including five assists, while Hayley Baas and Julianna Shearer each collected hat tricks. Gleason added two more goals in the 13-5 win as well.

Notre Dame (5-4), winners of its last two contests is looking to get back on track after dropping three straight to ranked opponents, including two top-five teams. Last time out, the Irish defeated No. 15 Ohio State at home, using a 10-3 spurt in the second half to get the job done.

Cortney Fortunado had five points, including four goals in the win, and currently leads the team with 35 points (27g, 8a). Goalie Liz O'Sullivan has a 5-4 mark in nine starts with a 8.82 GAA and .370 save percentage.

Following Wednesday's contest, MU will kickoff BIG EAST Conference play against Villanova Saturday, March 28 (12 p.m.) at Valley Fields

LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles bounced back from a disappointing 10-7 setback to Michigan with a 13-5 victory over Detroit on Sunday. Marquette used a 28-8 shots advantage scored six times in the second half (scored just once in second half of previous two games combined).
• Draw controls had been an issue for MU as Sunday marked just the second time it was able to hold the advantage over the opponent and it did so in convincing fashion, 18-2.
• Marquette is 4-1 when allowing fewer than 10 goals with the lone loss coming to then-No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins in the season opener.
• Junior attacker Claire Costanza collected six points, including five assists, in the win over Detroit. It was her sixth game this season scoring three or more points. She leads the BIG EAST and ranks 20th-nationally with 20 assists through nine games.
• Sophomore defender Fran Meyer set a career-high with five ground balls and has already matched her season total of 18 ground balls from all of 2014.
• Freshman Riley Hill has a four-game goal-scoring streak, including two hat tricks.

SCOUTING NOTRE DAME
• The Fighting Irish, a perennial power nationally and a program that has qualified for the NCAA tournament six out of the last seven years, boasted the nation's toughest schedule a year ago, going 10-9 overall with an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
• Following a three-game losing streak (all to ranked opponents), the Irish have won two straight with home wins against Virginia Tech (15-8) and No. 15 Ohio State (13-5). Last time out, the Irish stretched out a 3-2 halftime lead with a 10-3 run in the second half to record their first win over a ranked opponent this season.
• Cortney Fortunado has 12 goals in her last two games, including four in the win over Ohio State, and leads the Irish with 35 points on the season with 27 goals and eight assists. Rachel Sexton and Casey Pearsall are the next closest point scorers with 37 points, combined, including 17 and nine goals, respectively. In net, Liz O'Sullivan sports a 5-4 mark in nine starts with an 8.78 goals against average (ranks 27th-nationally) and a .370 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday's meeting will mark the third all-time between both programs with Notre Dame taking the first two meetings by a combined score of 26-10.
• Notre Dame makes its first trip to Valley Fields after two straight wins on its home turf.
• Marquette has scored five goals against ND in each of the first two meetings.
• Last meeting: Notre Dame led 5-1 at halftime on the way to a 12-5 win March 19, 2014. Shots were close with ND holding a 28-22 edge, but nine Irish found the back of the net led by Kiera McMullan, Caitlin Gargan and Cortney Fortunado, who each registered two goals in a balanced scoring effort.
Amanda Bochniak led Marquette with two goals and an assist. Claire Costanza, Hayley Baas and Kenzie Brown also registered goals in the loss. Sarah Priem made nine saves.

Fran Meyer NAMED TO BIG EAST HONOR ROLL
• Sophomore defender Fran Meyer raked in a career-high five ground balls in the 13-5 win over Detroit March 24. She added two caused turnovers and helped a dominant defense limit the Titans to just seven second-half shots. With 18 ground balls through nine games this season, the Oak Brook, Illinois native has already matched her 2014 total.

PACING THE BIG EAST
• As of March 24, Marquette boasted the BIG EAST's best scoring defense, allowing opponents just 8.33 goals per game, which also ranks 20th-nationally.
• A big part of that has been junior goalie Sarah Priem, who leads the league and ranks 19th-nationally with an 8.26 goals against average.
• Offensively, junior attacker Claire Costanza ranks first in the BIG EAST and sixth-nationally with 20 assists (2.22 apg) through nine 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. She added a six-point effort in a win over Detroit (March 22) and now sits with 116 career points (52g, 64a) as a Golden Eagle. As of March 24, she led the BIG EAST and ranked sixth-nationally with 20 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/.
• Make your voice heard and donate today by clicking here: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan

GOSLEE NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN AND ALL-BIG EAST
• The preseason accolades have come in fast and furious for junior defender Elizabeth Goslee since the Cincinnati, Ohio native was named an Inside Lacrosse Preseason All-America Honorable Mention by the publication in early December. Goslee, a 2014 All-BIG EAST Second Team selection, was also named preseason all-conference unanimously and shared BIG EAST Preseason Defensive Player of the Year honors with Georgetown's Adrianne Devine and Florida's Caroline Fitzgerald.

GOSLEE ON 2014-15 US LACROSSE WOMEN'S NATIONAL TEAM
Elizabeth Goslee was named to the 38-player roster for the 2014-15 U.S. Women's National Team in mid-June, as one of 10 defenders on the squad. Players were selected from an 81-player invite-only tryout pool, and were evaluated by the Team USA coaching staff, led by Georgetown's Ricky Fried. The team trained and competed in several exhibition events, the most recent of which was the 10th annual Champions Challenge on Jan. 17-18 in Naples, Florida against Maryland and Syracuse. The U.S. team is competing as part of its training in the lead-up to the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Women's World Cup in Surrey, England.

NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU LACROSSE
• A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for Marquette's lacrosse and soccer programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU lacrosse. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of MU student and professional athletes worldwide.

Molly O'Brien BLAZES NEW TRAIL FOR MU WOMEN'S LAX
• As a defensive midfielder junior Molly O'Brien knows she needs to get on and off the field quickly during shifts. The Winnetka, Illinois, native has carried over that speed to Marquette's track and field team and has competed in three indoor track meets already this winter for the Golden Eagles. At the John Tierney Triangular on Jan. 23,­­­ O'Brien took home first place in the 60-meter dash, posting a mark of 7.88 seconds, the ninth-fastest time in Marquette history.

MARQUETTE RETURNING EXPERIENCE IN 2015
• The Golden Eagles bring back 26 players from last year's 5-12 team, including all 12 starters. Out of 38 women on the roster, 25 are either sophomores or juniors. Eight players, Claire Costanza, Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason, Molly O'Brien, Elizabeth Goslee, Jacqueline Borzillo, Sarah Priem, and Kayce Haverstick have either started or played all 34 games in Marquette women's lacrosse history. In addition, three sophomores, Amanda Bochniak, Taylor Smith, and Fran Meyer either started or played in all 17 games in 2014.

WITH EXPERIENCE COMES EFFICIENCY
• Junior Claire Costanza led Marquette in points and assists in both her freshman and sophomore years. In 2013 she accounted for almost 30 percent of the Golden Eagles' points, while in 2014 she saw her offensive share drop to 22 percent, but the Blue and Gold totaled 54 more points in 2014. This was due to the emergence of sophomore Amanda Bochniak (22g, 20a in 2014), junior midfielder Hayley Baas (22g, 26gb in 2014), and sophomore Julianna Shearer, who notched 15 points in just seven games. This offensive group committed 100 less turnovers in 2014 (282) compared to 2013 (383).

LONG ROAD TRIP FOLLOWED BY FOUR-GAME HOMESTAND
• Marquette will spend its spring break in California on March 8-15 for the second time in its first three seasons with games at UC Davis, St. Mary's and USC. Including a Feb. 28 game at Duquesne, the Golden Eagles will follow up that four-game road stretch with a season-long four game homestand in March, its longest in program history. The Golden Eagles will welcome Michigan, Detroit, Notre Dame and Villanova to Valley Fields from March 20-28.

BAAS, COLEMAN, GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2015 CAPTAINS
• Marquette's captains Hayley Baas, Jenaye Coleman, Elizabeth Goslee, and Kayce Haversitck all served in the leadership position together in 2014. Coleman, a junior, has been a captain since the inception of the Golden Eagles' program in 2013. Coleman, Goslee, and Haverstick started all 17 games together on defense and forced opponents to shoot 100 less shots in 2014 (308) than they did in 2013 (409).

CHANGING LANDSCAPE IN BIG EAST CONFERENCE
• This season Vanderbilt and Florida have been added to the BIG EAST, rounding out the conferences competitors at eight schools. This addition represents a ramp up in strength of schedule for the Golden Eagles. According to the Inside Lacrosse preseason poll a pair of BIG EAST squads, Florida (No. 3) and Georgetown (No. 17) are ranked to start the 2015 campaign. Marquette will also face No. 8 Northwestern and No. 19 Johns Hopkins in the month of February, while welcoming No. 9 Notre Dame to Milwaukee in March to prepare for what will be a tough BIG EAST slate.

MARQUETTE SIGNS EIGHT 2015 SENIORS TO NLIs
• Eight current high school seniors signed National Letters of Intent this past fall and will suit up for the Golden Eagles in the spring of 2016:
- Holly Anderson (M, Flemington, N.J./Hunterdon Central)
- Carly Colman (A, Needham, Mass./Needham)
- Logan Dobratz (M, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North)
- Grace Gabriel (M, Lancaster, N.Y./Lancaster Central)
- Catelyn Soccodato (A/M, Huntington, N.Y./Our Lady of Mercy Academy)
- Abigail Squirrell (M, Ossining, N.Y./Ossining)
- Kaitlyn Viviano (D, West Islip, N.Y./West Islip)
- Lindsey Willcocks (D/M, Oyster Bay, N.Y./Cold Spring Harbor)

The Last Meeting
Marquette5
Notre Dame12
March 19, 2014
Notre Dame, Ind.


 

 

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