Women's Lax Readies for BIG EAST Road Test at UConn

Kayce Haverstick registered career-highs in ground balls (5) and caused turnovers (5) against Villanova.
April 2, 2015

2015 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 12
Marquette (4-7, 0-1 BIG EAST) at UConn (6-4, 1-0 BIG EAST)
Date Saturday, April 4 | 11 a.m. CT
Location Sherman Family Sports Complex | Storrs, Conn.
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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team looks past its BIG EAST opening loss to Villanova at home and ahead to a meeting with UConn Saturday, April 4. The contest will mark the BIG EAST road opener for the Golden Eagles with first draw scheduled for 11 a.m. Central time.

Live statistics (GameTracker) and video will be available courtesy of UConnHuskies.com.

UConn enters the game with a 3-0 record at home and seeking its second three-game winning streak of the season. Meanwhile, Marquette, which is 3-2 on the road this season, looks to avoid a thre-game losing skid and  pull even in BIG EAST competition.

Marquette experienced a forgettable start in the league opening setback to Villanova, falling behind 7-1 before halftime and as much as 10-2 before a four-goal barrage made the final score of 10-6 look a bit more respectable.

The Golden Eagle defense got back to its bread-and-butter of closing lanes and held the Wildcats to just three goals in the second half, but it was the poor start that did them in.

The loss marked the first for Marquette this season when out-shooting (23-16) an opponent and garnering the edge in ground balls (23-18). 

Junior attacker Claire Costanza scored a goal in the loss, which made for a five-point week and a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. She now has at least a point in 27 of her last 28 games, including 16 straight dating back to last season.

UConn (6-4, 1-0 BIG EAST) has won two straight, including a BIG EAST opening win over Cincinnati last time out. Alyson Fazio, Jacqueline Jordan and Grace Nolan each recorded two goals in the 10-6 win.

The Huskies boast the league's best defense, allowing opponents an average of 8.80 goals per game through 10 contests. They rank second in the nation in caused turnovers, forcing 12.40 miscues per game, led by Lauren Kwasnowski, who ranks first in the BIG EAST and fifth-nationally with 2.50 caused turnovers per game.

This meeting marks the third between both squads, all of them in Storrs, and UConn currently holds a 2-0 edge in the series. The Huskies edged out an 11-10 win in last year's match-up.

Following Saturday's contest, Marquette will welcome BIG EAST newbie Florida to Valley Fields Wednesday, April 8, for an 11:30 a.m. Central time start.

LAST TIME OUT
·  A slow start that saw visiting Villanova race out to a 7-1 lead was too much for Marquette to overcome in a 10-6 BIG EAST opening setback at Valley Fields Saturday, March 28. The Wildcats poured on seven first-half goals against what was the league's top defense in Marquette going into play. The Golden Eagles cracked down in the second half, allowing just three goals, and finished the game by scoring four straight, but it was too little, too late.
·  It was the first loss this season for MU when holding the advantage in shots (23-16) and ground balls (23-18) as it is now 3-1 and 4-1 in each category, respectivley.
·  Registering goals for the Golden Eagles were Claire Costanza (17), Hayley Baas (8), Nicole Gleason (12), Allison Lane (4), Riley Hill (12) and Julianna Shearer (8).
·  Villanova's Jessica Mucci overtook Costanza as the league's assist leader, recording six in the win to give her 23 on the season - two more than Costanza's 21.

SCOUTING UCONN
·  The Huskies finished the 2014 season with a 10-7 overall mark, including a 5-2 record in the conference play before falling to Georgetown in the first round of the BIG EAST tournament. UConn lost two of its top-three scorers from a season ago, amounting to nearly 38 percent of its scoring.
·  Katherine Finkelston, who was the second-leading scorer for the Huskies last year, has held down a balanced UConn attack with a team-best 28 points (20g, 8a) this year. Carly Palmucci is second on the squad with 26 points (14g, 12a) followed by three others with 21 or more points through 10 games.
· UConn has done most of its damage this season at the defensive end, leading the BIG EAST in scoring defense (8.80), save percentage (.488), caused turnovers (12.40) and ground balls per game (20.80). Shannon Nee is the league's top netminder with a league-best 8.69 goals against average and .497 save percentage.

SERIES HISTORY
·  Saturday's match-up will mark the third all-time between Marquette and UConn with the Huskies leading the series with a 2-0 edge with both triumphs coming on their home turf
·  Last season's meeting, which occured on April 13, 2014, saw the Huskies come away with a narrow 11-10 win at home. After UConn broke a 7-7 tie with 23:27 left, both teams went on to trade the game's final six goals with Kenzie Brown scoring the final goal of the game with 4:51 remaining. Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason and Brown led MU with two goals apiece. Amanda Bochniak chipped in a goal and three assists, while Claire Costanza had a goal and two assists. Katherine Finkelton led the Huskies with five goals on seven shots.
·  In the teams' first-ever meeting in Marquette's first season as a program, UConn recorded a 15-4 win at home (April 19, 2013). That season, the Huskies went 13-5 and made an appearance in the NCAA tournament.

FOCUSED ON DEFENSE
·  The Marquette defensive unit prides itself on holding opponents down, as was evidenced by its BIG EAST-leading mark in scoring defense prior to the loss to Villanova.
·  Two straight losses in which the Golden Eagles have allowed double-digit goals has dropped the team's average to 9.36 goals allowed per game, which still ranks third in the BIG EAST.
·  When MU holds an opponent under 10 goals, it sports a record of 4-1. 

COSTANZA PASSES THE CENTURY MARK
·  Junior attacker Claire Costanza became the first Marquette player in program history to surpass 100 career points when she registered a career-high 10 points in the 15-4 win over St. Mary's. The Webster, New York native has 121 career points on 56 goals and 65 assists.
·  Through 11 contests this season, she has totaled eight multi-point games and leads the team with 38 points, good for second in the BIG EAST. Her 21 assists also rank second in the conference and 10th-nationally.

MU SUPPORTS PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
·  The Golden Eagles have been active supporters of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its fight against pancreatic cancer over the past two years and will host their third annual Pan Can game on Saturday, April 18, at 5 p.m. against Georgetown at Hart Park in Wauwatosa as part of a doubleheader with the men. Marquette raised over $10,000 in support of the fight against pancreatic cancer last season and has raised over $12,000 in 2015. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
·  Make your voice heard and donate today by clicking here: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan

The Last Meeting
Marquette10
Connecticut11
April 13, 2014
Storrs, Conn.
Marquette Drops Tough 11-10 Decision at UConn
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team hung tight with Connecticut on Sunday afternoon in Storrs, Conn., but was unable to prevail in an 11-10 loss at the George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.


 

 

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