Marquette Preps for Games at Denver, vs. Notre Dame
March 24, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles are set to face their final two non-conference opponents when they take on Denver on the road in a game rescheduled for Friday, March 25, followed by a matchup against Notre Dame at home Monday, March 28.
Friday’s game is slated for a 4 p.m. Central time start and live statistics will be available via DenverPioneers.com. Monday’s meeting with the Irish will also have live statistics via GoMarquette.com.
Marquette is coming off a convincing 17-4 win over Central Michigan last time out where it set numerous program records, including most goals scored, fewest goals allowed, largest margin of victory and most goals scored in a single half when it took a 12-2 lead into halftime.
Julianna Shearer tied an individual program mark with five goals and tied a career-high with six points in the win. Allison Lane stuffed the stat sheet with a goal, an assist, two ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers. Eight Golden Eagles scored in all with five recording multi-goal games.
Denver, which comes in 3-5 overall and coming off a loss to Dartmouth, will be a first-time opponent for the Golden Eagles. They are led by Christa Reese, who has 20 points and is the lone Pioneer in double-digit goals with 18. Goalie Maddy Stevenson ranks 26th in the nation in goals against average (8.35).
Notre Dame, which will play Syracuse on Saturday before taking on MU, is 9-1 and ranked No. 4 in the nation. The Irish lead the country in scoring (16.5 goals per game) and boast the nation’s top scorer in Cortney Fortunato, who has 55 points on 35 goals and 20 assists. ND also has one of the top goalies in the country in Samantha Giacolone and ranks third-nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 6.1 goals per game.
Following Monday’s matchup against the Irish, Marquette will jump into BIG EAST Conference play by taking on Villanova on the road in the league lid lifter Saturday, April 2. MU will host UConn in the BIG EAST home opener April 9.
• Marquette took a 12-2 lead into halftime, marking the most goals scored in a single half in program history, and held the Chippewas to just nine shots on the day. Eight players found the back of the net, including five who registered multi-goal games.
• Amanda Bochniak (2g, 3a) added five points and continues to lead MU on the season with 22 points (9g, 13a). Allison Lane has scored at least a goal in all eight games for the Golden Eagles this season, finishing with an all-around performance in the win over CMU with a goal, an assist, two ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers.
• The Pioneers are led by Christa Reese, who has 20 points on 18 goals and two assists this season. She is one just four players with double-digit points. Caitlin Derry leads the way with 10 assists to go along with four goals.
• In goal, Maddy Stevenson has started all eight games for DU. She boasts a .435 save percentage and a 8.35 goals against average, which ranks 26th nationally.
• The Irish have the top scoring offense (16.5 g/g) and third-ranked scoring defense (6.1 ga/g) in the country. They also rank first in the country in caused turnovers per game (15.7 ct/g).
ND also claims the nation’s leading scorer in Cortney Fortunato, who has 55 points on 35 goals and 20 assists. Rachel Sexton is second on the team in points (35) and goals (29), while five others have at least 20 points and 11 goals scored on the year.
• In net, Samantha Giacolone has started all 10 games for the Irish and ranks third in the country with a 5.95 goals against average to go along with a .495 save percentage.
• Denver fell to Colorado in its season and home opener, 11-10, while MU dropped a 10-8 decision to the Buffaloes. Louisville got the best of both squads at home, defeating MU in the season opener, 14-6, before handling Denver, 14-3.
• Denver also fell to BIG EAST-foe Vanderbilt at home, 12-7, which MU will face later this season. DU also plays MPSF opponent California, which MU beat 15-4 earlier this year.
• Shearer tied a career-high and school record with five goals in the win over CMU, while adding an assist - scoring all of her points in the first half en route to a 12-2 halftime lead for MU. She leads the team with 17 goals on the season and ranks second with 20 points.
• Marquette set a program records in the win over CMU for most goals scored (17), tied for fewest goals allowed (4), largest margin of victory (+13), most goals in a single half (12) and tied for the most players to record a goal in a single game (8).
• Prior to the start of this year, MU had compiled an 8-10 record in games they scored first. In 2015, MU was 3-4 in such games, defeating UC Davis, St. Mary’s and Detroit.
• Marquette has allowed 10 or fewer goals in four of its last five outings, going 3-2 over that stretch. The Golden Eagles currently rank second in the BIG EAST and 17th-nationally in caused turnovers per game (10.38 CT/game).
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