Marquette Plays First BIG EAST Road Game Saturday at Georgetown
April 2, 2014
MILWAUKEE – Riding its second two-game winning streak of the season and coming off its first BIG EAST Conference victory, the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team heads to Washington, D.C., to take on No. 19/RV Georgetown at 11 a.m. CT at Multi-Sport Field.
The Golden Eagles (5-5) won their first-ever conference game on Friday, March 28 with a 14-6 decision over Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Sophomore attack Claire Costanza led the way with seven points in the victory with four goals and three assists, while claiming BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process.
MU took a 4-0 lead six minutes into the contest and led throughout as the Bearcats managed to only pull within one goal the rest of the way.
Marquette is 5-3 since beginning the year with losses at Johns Hopkins and Northwestern, both of whom are currently ranked nationally in the top 10.
The Hoyas (3-7) have lost their last six games after beginning the season 3-1 with wins over then-No. 19 Princeton and No. 6 Duke. Four of the losses during their losing streak have come to ranked foes, including top-ranked North Carolina and a pair of overtime losses.
Senior midfielder Kelyn Freedman leads the squad with 24 points on 19 goals and five assists, while junior attack Caroline Tarzian is tied for the team lead with 19 tallies. The Hoyas were the preseason pick to win the league and garnered all seven available first-place votes in coaches’ balloting.
The game marks the return of first-year Marquette assistant coach Jordy Kirr to her alma mater, where she was a four-time all-conference performer with the Hoyas.
The Baltimore, Md., native left the program in 2011 as its all-time leader in assists with 105, ranks fourth in total points with 221 and 10th with 116 goals in 71 games played.
The Hoyas made a pair of appearances in the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship during her tenure and claimed their first BIG EAST tournament title in 2010. Kirr earned All-BIG EAST Championship honors as a junior (2010) and senior (2011) as well as Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region honors in each of her four seasons.
The Golden Eagles also have a trio of student-athletes from the area in redshirt sophomores Margaret Kerr (Alexandria, Va.) and Sandra McCartin (Arlington, Va.) as well as sophomore Emily Hauptle (Alexandria, Va.).
Marquette will remain on the road in BIG EAST action next weekend at Rutgers and Connecticut on Friday, April 11 and Sunday, April 13, respectively.