Marquette Preps for Games at Denver, vs. Notre Dame

Head coach Meredith Black
March 24, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 9
Marquette (3-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) at Denver (3-5, 1-1 MPSF)
Date Friday, March 25 | 4 p.m. CT
Location Barton Lacrosse Stadium | Denver, Colo.
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2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 10
Marquette (3-5, 0-0 BIG EAST) vs. Notre Dame (9-1, 3-1 ACC)
Date Monday, March 28 | 2 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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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.

The Last Meeting
Notre Dame18
Marquette8
March 25, 2015
Valley Fields
Notre Dame Tops Marquette at Valley, 18-8
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team held a brief first-half lead, but eventually was overcome by visiting Notre Dame, 18-8, at Valley Fields Wednesday evening, March 25.

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.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles set numerous programs records, including most goals scored and fewest goals allowed in a 17-4 shallacking of first-year program Central Michigan at home March 19. Julianna Shearer tied a single game record for goals with five and finished with six points - all coming in the first half.

• 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.

SCOUTING DENVER
• The Pioneers enter Friday’s game with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-1 mark in MPSF play, and coming off an 8-6 loss to Dartmouth in a neutral site game in Los Angeles on March 20. Denver was scheduled to host Marist on Wednesday, but the game was postponed due to a snow storm that dumped more than 10 inches of snow on the city.

• 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.

A LOOK AT NOTRE DAME
• The Fighting Irish enter the week as the fourth-ranked team in the country with a 9-1 overall record, including a 3-1 mark in the ACC. Their lone loss was to No. 6/5 Louisville on the road in overtime a few weeks ago. ND has a difficult weekend ahead as it plays host to No. 5/6 Syracuse on Saturday before taking on the Golden Eagles in Milwaukee.

• 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.

SERIES HISTORY
DENVER
• This marks the first-ever matchup between both programs. MU and Denver have faced two common opponents so far this season in Colorado and Louisville.

• 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.

NOTRE DAME
• The Golden Eagles and Irish will meet for the fourth time with the previous three meetings all going to ND. The first two matchups occurred in South Bend before then ranked-No. 17 ND made its first trip to Milwaukee in 2015 en route to an 18-8 win.

Allison Lane, Julianna Shearer EARN BIG EAST WEEKLY HONORS
• Lane earned BIG EAST weekly accolades for the second time this year, including her first Midfielder of the Week honor after a tremendous all-around effort in a big win over CMU. The Asbury, N.J. native totaled a goal, an assist, two ground balls, six draw controls and three caused turnovers. She ranks second on the team in goals (15) and third in points (16).

• 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.

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING
• Marquette is averaging 22.88 ground balls per contest, which ranks first in the BIG EAST and second in the nation behind Presbyterian (28.63 gb/game). MU’s average is up nearly eight ground balls per game compared to last season. The Golden Eagles set a program record with 39 ground balls in a 15-4 victory over California back on Feb. 26.

OFFENSE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE
• The Golden Eagles broke out offensively in a big way during a 15-4 win over Cal on Feb. 26. Following another record-setting performance in a 17-4 win over Central Michigan, MU is now averaging 13 goals per game over its last five games. Prior to the Cal win, MU averaged fewer than eight goals per game.

• 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).

EARLY GOALS NOT EQUALING STURDY LEADS
• Gaining an early lead is always the preferred method for teams and Marquette has succeeded in that strategy in every game this season. The Golden Eagles have scored the first goal in each of its first eight games to start the 2016 campaign. However, gaining the early advantage has not translated into holding the final margin of victory as MU is just 3-5 on the year.

• 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.

WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
• In 2015, Marquette held its opponents under 10 goals seven times, which was three more than the season prior. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 7-2, including a 5-2 record last season. MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game.

• 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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