MU Closes Out Long Road Trip at Temple on Saturday
March 24, 2017
MILWAUKEE - Marquette closes out its season-long seven-game road swing when it travels to Philadelphia to take on Temple in BIG EAST play on Saturday, March 25.
First draw against the Owls is scheduled for 12 p.m. Central time. Live Stats and video courtesy of Temple will be available.
MU dropped an 18-11 non-conference decision at Cal back on March 16, but responded well with a 16-10 triumph in the BIG EAST lid-lifter against Cincinnati on Sunday. The Golden Eagles captured a victory in their league opener for the third time in program history and second year in a row.
Marquette never trailed in the win over Cincinnati, scoring the first two goals before taking a 7-6 lead into halftime. After the Bearcats tied it at 7-7, MU went on a 3-0 run and finished the contest with five straight scores en route to the win. Amanda Bochniak had four goals and four assists for an impressive encore performance after reaching the 100-career point club in the game prior. Riley Hill scored a career-high five goals, while freshman Jules Horning made 14 saves in her first career win.
Temple is seeking vindication after Marquette scored seven unanswered goals in the second half to upend the Owls, 12-10 at Valley Fields a year ago. The Owls enter Saturday's match-up with a 7-2 overall mark, including a 4-0 mark at home, but are coming off a 14-6 setback in the BIG EAST opener at No. 14 Denver on Sunday.
Brenda McDermott ranks in the top-five in the BIG EAST with 35 points on 16 goals and 19 assists for Temple. The Owls have won four games decided by three goals or less and are outscoring their opponents by just a single goal this season (108-107).
The Golden Eagles and Owls have met three times previously with Temple owning a 2-1 record. Each of the first two meetings were decided by identical scores of 11-7 in favor of the Owls, but Marquette answered with a 12-10 win at home in 2016.
Following Saturday's game, the Golden Eagles will return home to face Villanova in the BIG EAST home opener on Saturday, April 1. Start time for that one is set for 12 p.m. Central time inside the Valley Fields Dome.
Amanda Bochniak, who reached the 100-career points mark against Cal, followed up with an eight-point performance on Sunday with four goals and four assists. Riley Hill set a career-high with five goals and an assist, while freshman Jules Horning made 14 saves in her first career start en route to her first career win. Fran Meyer also had a career day, corralling seven ground balls, while recording five caused turnovers.
Brenda McDermott leads the Owls with 35 points on 16 goals and 19 assists, while both Carly DeMato (15g, 6a) and Morgan Glassford (14g, 7a) have also eclipsed the 20-point mark.
Defensively, Maryn Lowell and Kelsea Hershey have split starts between the pipes with Lowell recording the most decisions with a 5-1 record to go along with a 10.85 GAA and .421 save percentage.
In last season's meeting, MU overcame an 8-5 halftime deficit by scoring the first seven goals of the second half and holding Temple scoreless after the break until 4:12 left in regulation. Amanda Bochniak, Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane each scored three goals for MU. The Golden Eagles won the game despite being out-gained in shots (30-20), ground balls (22-17) and draw controls (16-8).
As an encore performance against Cincinnati in the BIG EAST opener on March 19, she had a career game, totaling eight points on a career-high four goals and four assists. She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as a result. She now has 108 career points on 49 goals and 59 assists.
Shearer's 87 career goals is just one shy of tying the program-record held by Hayley Baas (`16). The Westminster, Maryland, native has been on a scoring binge of late, potting multiple goals in eight-straight games, including 13 goals in the previous three outings.
Entering the 2017 season, there had only been two players to register 100 career points, including Hayley Baas (103 points) and Claire Costanza (148 points), returned for her final season as the program-leader, which now stands at 148 career points (65g, 83a).
The Huntington, N.Y., native is eligible to compete for the Italians through her family's lineage and is one of six Italian-Americans set to compete. Also on the squad will be her younger sister, Emma, who takes Cate's place as the youngest member of the squad.
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