First Place Women's Lax Takes on Butler, Vandy This Week

April 3, 2018

2018 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 12
Marquette (7-4, 3-0 BIG EAST) at Butler (1-10, 0-3 BIG EAST
Date Wednesday, April 4 | 1 p.m. CT
Location Varsity Field | Indianapolis, Ind.
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2018 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 13
Marquette (7-4, 3-0 BIG EAST) vs. Vanderbilt (7-4, 2-1 BIG EAST
Date Sunday, April 8 | 12 p.m. CT
Location Valley Dome | Milwaukee, Wis.
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MILWAUKEE – The Golden Eagles continue to play its best lacrosse of the season and, quite possibly, the best lacrosse in program history, following a 7-2 stretch that has them sitting tied for first place in the BIG EAST.

The Last Meeting
Butler2
Marquette19
April 22, 2017
Valley Fields
Marquette Overwhelms Butler on Senior Night
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team sent its seniors out in style with a dominating 19-2 victory over Butler on Senior Day at Valley Fields on Saturday.

The Last Meeting
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Vanderbilt12
April 30, 2017
Nashville, Tenn.
Marquette Takes Down Vandy in Season Finale, 14-12
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team overcame a three-goal deficit and a lengthy weather delay en route to upending host Vanderbilt in a 14-12 road win in the regular season finale.

Marquette (7-4, 3-0 BIG EAST) won its fifth-straight league contest dating back to 2017 when it upended Temple at home on Saturday in dominating fashion. The Golden Eagles raced out to a 4-0 advantage and never looked back, leading 11-2 at halftime and ending with a decisive 16-4 win.

MU faces a pair of BIG EAST opponents this week in Butler, which seeks its first BIG EAST win in its second year as a program, on the road before hosting Vanderbilt with a chance to move to 7-0 inside the dome.

It was a memorable day for Grace Gabriel on Saturday as she became the second MU player to score 100 career goals. She scored four on the day and now has a career-high 43 goals - two more than last year. Julianna Horning had herself a career day in net, earning the win with her fifth double-digit save performance of the season. Both were honored as BIG EAST players of the week. Cate Soccodato had two goals and four assists, marking her third-straight game of six or more points.

Butler’s only win of the season came in a 16-7 triumph at Howard, but in three BIG EAST contests, the Bulldogs (1-10, 0-3 BIG EAST) have been outscored, 55-14 with their most recent setback at then-No. 25 Denver, 16-1. MU defeated Butler, 19-2, in their first-ever meeting last season.

Vanderbilt (7-4, 2-1 BIG EAST) started the season 5-1, but has since dropped three-of-five. The ‘Dores suffered a heartbreaking 11-10 loss to then-No. 6 Florida in the league opener, but have knocked off both Butler and Villanova to sit a game out of first place.

MU’s offense (14.91 goals/game) continues to improve, leading the league with 51 goals in BIG EAST play, while the defense  follows suit, ranking fourth with just 31 goals allowed.

Following Sunday’s home tilt against Vanderbilt, MU heads to co-BIG EAST leader and No. 8-ranked Florida in what could be a deciding factor in the regular season champion on Saturday, April 14.

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). 

PING PONG TOURNEY ON APRIL 7 TO SUPPORT WLAX EXCELLENCE FUND
• The event, which is set for Saturday, April 7, at 5 p.m. and will take place at Evolution Milwaukee, includes appetizers and a cash bar. The cost is $25 for adults and $15 for children and Marquette students. A silent auction and raffle will also be featured, offering a variety of Marquette-related prizes and experiences.

Register » https://alumni.marquette.edu/2018-womens-lacrosse-ping-pong-fundraiser

SETTING THE SCENE
• The Golden Eagles tied the 2016 squad’s single-season wins record on Saturday and for the first time in program history are three games over .500 heading into the Butler game.

• Another first, MU had two BIG EAST Players of the Week for the first time in Grace Gabriel (4 goals, 5 points, 7 draws, 3 CTs) and Julianna Horning (10 saves, 4 goals allowed).

• Marquette is 7-2 over its previous nine games with the lone losses coming against ranked teams on the road, (No. 17 Notre Dame; No. 9 Northwestern). Marquette pushed its unblemished home record to 6-0 inside the Valley Dome.

• The team’s 3-0 league start is a program first and just one win shy of tying their most wins in a BIG EAST season of four, which was accomplished in both 2016 (4-3) and 2017 (4-5).

MARQUETTE HAS A CROWN “JULE” IN GOAL
• Sophomore netminder Julianna Horning has been a force for Marquette during its current three-game winning streak, holding opponents to just 10.33 goals/game with 29 saves, including two double-digit save efforts during the stretch. Against Temple, Horning set a career-high for fewest goals allowed (4) and registered her fifth double-digit save performance of the year en route to her first career BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award.

ROCK ‘EM, “SOCC” ‘EM
• It’s been an impressive run for junior attacker Cate Soccodato, who has seven goals and 12 assists in her last three games. After tying the single-game school record with seven assists in a win over Cincinnati, Soccodato set a career-high with five goals in a win over Villanova, and then her third-staight six-point effort against Temple.

• Soccodato earned her first-ever BIG EAST Attacker of the Week honor on March 27 and currently ranks third on the team with 40 points on 16 goals and 24 assists. The 2018 season has truly been a breakout year for Soccodato after having only scored a combined 34 points through her first two seasons at Marquette.

RECENT BIG EAST SUCCESS
• Marquette aims for its sixth-straight BIG EAST victory, dating back to 2017, when it takes on Butler on Wednesday. It’s the first time MU has won five consecutive games in league play.

• The Golden Eagles rank atop the BIG EAST during league play with 51 goals scored and fourth with just 31 goals allowed. Overall, they are first in draws per game (16.91), points per game (22.00) and second in assists per game (7.00).

100-POINT CLUB ADDS TWO MORE MEMBERS
• Two more Golden Eagles surpassed the 100 career points mark after both Allison Lane and Grace Gabriel hit the milestone against Northwestern (March 10) and joined Riley Hill, who accomplished the feat just three games prior. The exclusive club now has seven members.

• Lane achieved the mark after scoring her second goal of the day and 81st of her career with 3 seconds remaining in the first half, while Gabriel reached the mark with a free position goal, her 89th career score, midway through the second half.

• Gabriel was one of the fastest MU players to reach 100 career points, doing so in 42 career games, second only to Claire Costanza (‘17), who hit the milestone in two fewer games.

NOTEWORTHY TRENDS TO KEEP AN EYE ON
• Marquette is unbeaten this season when certain things happen in their favor. For instance, when they take a lead into halftime, the Golden Eagles are 6-0. When they record more shots than their opponent, they are 7-0. And, after the win over Temple, they are 6-0 at home.

• The six home victories set the single-season record for home wins, surpassing the 5-3 record at Valley Fields back in 2016.

• Diving a little deeper, it’s worth noting that MU is 28-5 all-time when recording more shots than its opponent and 22-7 when gathering more groundballs (5-1 this season).

OFFENSE SETS THE PACE
• Twice already this season, Marquette has broken the single-game record for goals with the latest occurrence taking place in a 23-15 home win over Niagara on March 3. It surpassed the previous-high of 22 goals set in a win over Stetson just six days previously. Prior to that, MU’s highest scoring output was 20 goals, accomplished in wins over Kennesaw State and Villanova during the 2017 season.

•  The current scoring trend during the team’s current eight-game (6-2) stretch is quite impressive. MU is averaging 16.6 goals per game. Marquette is on pace for more than 250 goals scored in 2018, which would shatter last year’s record-breaking season of 219 goals.

• MU is outscoring opponents, 148-136 (+12), through 10 games this season. 

DRAW CONTROLS RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
• MU has improved their draw controls average from 8.65 draws per game in 2015 - last in the BIG EAST - to a whopping 14.71 in 2017, which ranked second in the league and 15th in the nation. So far this season, the Golden Eagles rank fourth in the country (16.91 draws/game).

• Additionally, the Golden Eagles have boasted the BIG EAST’s leader in draws per game in each of the past two seasons. Last season, Grace Gabriel set the Marquette record with 81 total draws and led the league with 5.67 draws per game following a 2016 campaign that saw Allison Lane lead the BIG EAST with 3.43 draws per contest.

• This season, Gabriel’s 5.82 draws/game leads the BIG EAST and ranks 24th in the country, while Lane’s 4.73 average is eighth in the league and 48th nationally.

AMONG THE NATION’S ELITE
• Marquette ranks first in the BIG EAST and fourth in the country with 16.91 draw controls/game. MU recorded a whopping 24 draws in a record-breaking win over Central Michigan earlier this season and has reached 20-or-more draws in a game five times.

• The offense ranks 19th in scoring (14.91 goals/game), while ranking 11th in points/game (22.00) thanks to an average of 7.09 assists per contest, which is 12th-best in the country.

• Individually, Grace Gabriel’s 43 goals scored ranks fourth in the country behind Sam Apuzzo of Boston College, who boasts 53 goals already. Gabriel’s 49 points ranks 19th-nationally, while Riley Hill’s 46 points (31st) and 24 assists (8th), as well as Cate Soccodato’s 24 assists (13th), also rank among the nation’s elite.

HOME SWEET DOME
• The Golden Eagles are off to a fast home start in the Valley Dome with a 6-0 record, outscoring opponents, 112-63, with an average of 18.67 goals per contest.

• Marquette features a program-record nine home games in 2018, which is three more than last year and one more than its previous high of eight back in 2016 when it went 5-3 at Valley Fields. MU will put its 6-0 home record on the line when it takes on BIG EAST-foe Vanderbilt on Sunday, April 8 (2 p.m. CT).


 

 

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