MU Closes Out Long Road Trip at Temple on Saturday

March 24, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 10
Marquette (3-6, 1-0 BIG EAST) at Temple (7-2, 0-1 BIG EAST) 
Date Saturday, March 25  | 12 p.m. CT
Location Howarth Field | Philadelphia, Pa.
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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.

The Last Meeting
April 16, 2016
Valley Fields
Marquette Storms Back to Defeat Temple, 12-10
Four players registered at least three points for the Marquette University women's lacrosse team, which came from behind to down the Temple Owls, 12-10, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Valley Fields.

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.

• The Golden Eagles went 1-1 on the week, overcoming an 18-11 loss at Cal with a 16-10 win over Cincinnati in the BIG EAST lid-lifter on Sunday. Marquette never trailed in the win over the Bearcats, outscoring them 9-4 in the second half.

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.

• The Owls lone two losses this season have come against ranked opponents with a 19-3 setback against then-ranked No. 13 Princeton and a 14-6 loss last time out at No. 14 Denver to open BIG EAST play. Temple has won the rest, however, carrying a 7-2 overall mark into Saturday's match-up, including a 4-0 record at home. The Owls are receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Top-20 poll for the second week in a row.

• 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.

• The Golden Eagles and Owls will meet for the fourth time on Saturday. Temple, which leads the series, 2-1, were victorious in the first two meetings by identical scores of 11-7 before Marquette recorded its first win of the series during the most recent match-up - a 12-10 win at Valley Fields on April 16, 2016.

• 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).

Amanda Bochniak hit the 100-career point mark with an assist in the team's loss to California on March 16. She became just the third member in program history to reach the milestone.

• 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.

• Like Bochniak was, Julianna Shearer is also eying a place in the 100-point club. She has 27 goals and one assist on the season and is just four points away from becoming the fourth member to reach century mark, including the third active member and second this season.

• 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).

• Sophomore midfielder Grace Gabriel has seen an incredible surge of success in the draw circle over the past few games. Against Northwestern on March 11, she collected a program-record 11 draw controls and then reached double-digits again with 10 in a win over Cincinnati on Sunday. On the year, Gabriel ranks third in the BIG EAST with 40 draw controls, already surpassing her total of 25 from her freshman season.

• Senior defender Fran Meyer is in the midst of a breakout season as she has embraced a leadership role on the backline. Through just nine games, she leads the BIG EAST with 21 caused turnovers and is one shy of matching her career-high set in 2016. Over half of her total has come in the previous three contests where she has totaled 13 caused turnovers to go along with nine ground balls and three draw controls. Against Northwestern on March 11, the Oak Brook, Illinois, native registered a single-game program-record of six caused turnovers.

• Sophomore Cate Soccodato, who competed for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in the Czech Republic prior to her freshman season at Marquette, battled it out with 40 other hopefuls during winter break before learning she had made the final roster of 18 players set to compete in the 2017 FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup.

• 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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