Marquette Returns Home to Host Villanova on Saturday

March 30, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 11
Marquette (3-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) vs. Villanova (3-6, 1-1 BIG EAST) 
Date Saturday, April 1  | 12 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields Dome | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE - After seven-straight games away from home, Marquette finally makes its return on Saturday when it plays host to Villanova inside the Valley Fields Dome.

The Last Meeting
April 2, 2016
Villanova, Pa.
WLAX Cruises Past 'Nova in BIG EAST Opener, 15-6
It was a superb start to BIG EAST Conference play as the Marquette University women's lacrosse team was in full control from start-to-finish, setting a program record for goals against a conference opponent as it cruised to a 15-6 rout over Villanova inside Villanova Stadium on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles are looking to get back into the win column following a narrow overtime defeat at Temple last week. Live stats along with a free live stream of Saturday’s contest can be seen via, starting at noon Central time.

Marquette’s 17-16 overtime loss at Temple last Saturday was a heartbreaker, having battled back from six goals down and tying it up with 2:44 remaining after sophomore Grace Gabriel scored her record-tying sixth goal of the game. The Golden Eagles saw their downfall on the draw control, where they were outdone by Temple, 22-13.

Julianna Shearer scored twice in the early going, which propelled her into sole possession of the career goals record with her 89th tally. She remains just two points away from 100 for her career as well. Amanda Bochniak, who reached 100 career points against Cincinnati, added four more with two goals and two assists.

Villanova enters Saturday’s contest with an identical 1-1 league record to go along with a 3-6 overall mark. The Wildcats are winners of two straight after a 13-11 non-conference win over Lafayette, followed by their first BIG EAST win, a 16-10 triumph over Cincinnati - the same score Marquette used to pick up a win over the Bearcats on March 19.

Katie Comerford leads the Wildcats with 32 points on 23 goals and nine assists, while Jillian Swikart (18g, 3a), Liz Trojan (13g, 1a), Devon Brown (5g, 7a) and Maggie Jennings (4g, 7a) each have double-digit points as well.

The Golden Eagles and ‘Cats will meet for the fifth time in the series with Villanova leading the series, 3-1. MU recorded its first-ever win against the ‘Cats in convincing fashion, taking the 2016 BIG EAST opener by a score of 15-6, behind Allison Lane’s and Shearer’s matching hat tricks.

Following Saturday’s game, the Golden Eagles will prepare for No. 3 Florida, who invades the Valley on Wednesday, April 5, for a noon Central time start.

• The Golden Eagles fell in heartbreak fashion with a 17-16 setback in overtime against Temple last Saturday. MU scored five-straight out of the gates to take a 5-2 advantage, but then allowed the Owls to go on a 10-1 run and take a 12-8 lead into halftime. In the second half, MU outscored Temple, 8-4, and overcame a six-goal deficit to force overtime where Brenda McDermott ended it with 3:19 remaining.

• MU sophomore Grace Gabriel scored a hat trick in each half to tie Julianna Shearer’s single-game record of six goals. Gabriel added three draw controls and went 3-for-3 on the free position. Amanda Bochniak and Shearer added two goals apiece, while Jules Horning made four saves in over 50 minutes of action.

• MU fell to 0-3 when losing the draw control as Temple dominated the category with a 22-13 advantage. The Owls also held a 35-27 edge in shots and a 17-14 edge in ground balls.

• The Wildcats enter Saturday’s contest with a 3-6 overall mark and a 1-1 record in BIG EAST play. Villanova is coming off two-straight wins, including its first league win against Cincinnati at home, 16-10, back on March 26. The ‘Cats are scoring fewer than 10 goals per game this season and allowing nearly 13 per contest, while giving up an avearge of 30 shots.

• Offensively, the ‘Cats are led by Katie Comerford’s 32 points on 23 goals and nine assists. Jillian Swikart is the only other player with more than 20 points as she has totaled 18 goals and three assists. LIz Trojan owns the third-most goals with 13.

• Defensively, Villanova has one player with double-digit caused turnovers with Sam Scarfogliero turning in 20 in just nine contests. In net, three goalies have split the role with Julia Michaels receiving nearly half of the total playing time with a 13.62 GAA and a .459 save percentage.

• The Golden Eagles and Wildcats will meet for the fifth time in the series with Villanova holding a 3-1 edge all-time. Marquette picked up its first win in the series last season, defeating the ‘Cats 15-6 in the 2016 BIG EAST opener in Philly. Prior to that, the ‘Cats earned a 10-6 win at Valley Fields in 2015 preceded by 10-9 victory in 2014 and a 19-8 win in their first-ever meeting back in 2013.

• Last year saw the Golden Eagles get off to a flying start with a 9-3 lead by halftime and never trailed. Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane led the way with three goals apiece with Lane adding two assists, eight draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover. Shearer chipped in an assist, two ground balls and two caused turnovers.

• MU won the draw control, 15-8, and outshot the ‘Cats 36-22.

• With two goals in the first 10 minutes against Temple on March 25, Julianna Shearer became the all-time leading goal scorer in Marquette history. The senior, who set the single-season goals mark of 36 in 2016, already has 29 goals this season. She

  The Westminster, Maryland, native is only two points away from becoming the fourth member of the 100-career points club at MU. She has been on a scoring binge of late, potting multiple goals in nine-straight games, including 15 goals in the previous four outings.

• Sophomore Grace Gabriel, who has set and reset her own single-game record for draw controls this season, matched Julianna Shearer’s single-game mark for goals with six on Saturday by netting a hat trick in each half to help MU overcome a six-goal deficit to force OT.

• The Lancaster, NY, native ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in goals (26), second in shots (65), fourth in draw controls (43) and leads all league players with eight free-position goals in 2017.

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.

• Senior defender Fran Meyer is in the midst of a breakout season as she has embraced a leadership role on the backline. Through 10 games, she leads the BIG EAST with 22 caused turnovers, matching her career-high set in 2016. Over half of her total has come in the previous four contests where she has totaled 14 caused turnovers to go along with 11 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.

Keep up with the Marquette women's lacrosse program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteWLax) and Instagram (@MarquetteWLax) and `liking' on Facebook (/MarquetteWLax).




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