Marquette WLAX Hosts UConn in BIG EAST Home Opener Saturday
April 8, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Golden Eagles are off to a 1-0 start in BIG EAST Conference play following a win over Villanova on the road and now look ahead to the league home opener against a tough UConn squad on Saturday, April 9.
Saturday’s game at Valley Fields is slated for 12 p.m. Central time. Live statistics will be available, as well as a FREE live video stream provided by GoMarquette.com.
Marquette used a dominating performance to knock off Villanova last time out with a program record for most goals scored against a conference opponent in the 15-6 road victory. MU outshot the Wildcats, 36-22, while posting a program-record 31 shots on goal. Eight Golden Eagles recorded goals.
Individually, Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane combined for six goals and three assists, each tallying a hat trick in the win. Shearer sits four goals shy of the Marquette single-season record of 28, while Lane has scored a goal in every game this season. Elizabeth Goslee and Fran Meyer led the way defensively to hold the Wildcats in check, keeping reigning BIG EAST Attacker of the Year Jackie Frocarro to only a single goal on the afternoon.
UConn enters Saturday’s contest with an 8-2 mark, including a 2-0 start in league play following wins over Villanova and Cincinnati. The Huskies lead the BIG EAST and rank second in the nation with 14.3 caused turnovers per game. MU is close behind, ranking 15th-nationally.
UConn has been solid offensively as well, with Katherine Finkelston leading the BIG EAST in goals (3.8 per game) and points (4.2 per game). She leads five Huskies with 15 or more points on the year.
The matchup will mark the fourth between both teams with all three wins going to the Huskies, but Saturday’s game will be the first to take place on the Golden Eagles’ home turf in Milwaukee.
Following Saturday’s matchup against UConn, Marquette will head to Gainesville for a tough road test against No. 2 Florida on Wednesday, followed by a home clash with Temple, April 16.
• Eight players scored for MU led by Julianna Shearer (3g, 1a) and Allison Lane (3g, 2a). Lane added eight draw controls as well, which tied Shearer’s program record set against Detroit earlier this season, and was named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week for her performance. Hayley Baas, Riley Hill and Cate Soccodato also recorded multi-goal efforts.
• Sarah Priem made five saves in net en route to the victory, while Elizabeth Goslee and Fran Meyer held the reigning BIG EAST Attacker of the Year in check most of the way. ‘Nova’s Jackie Frocarro was held to a single goal, while the team’s second-leading scorer Chelsey Henderson scored twice early on before being shut down the rest of the way.
• Following a 17-7 non-conference setback to No. 4 Syracuse on the road, the Huskies responded with a 17-6 thumping over Cincinnati last Saturday. They staged a 12-3 first half lead and never looked back as Katherine Finkelston led all scorers with six goals on nine shots. Grace Nolan, Alyson Fazio and Jacqueline Jordan each added three goals apiece, while goalie Shannon Nee made 12 saves in the win.
• Finkelston leads the BIG EAST with 38 goals and 42 points on the season. Nolan isn’t far behind, totaling 29 goals and nine assists for 38 points. Jordan and Fazio have 27 goals combined this season to go along with 27 and 21 points, respectively. Nee has been dominant this season, carrying an 8-2 record with an 8.85 goals against average and 99 saves with an impressive .535 save percentage.
• Marquette hosts UConn for the first time at Valley Fields. Last year, the Huskies raced to a 13-8 win in Hartford. MU played even with UConn in the second half, but was unable to make up for a 7-2 halftime deficit. Emily Anderson led UConn with four goals, while Finkelston and Nolan combined for six more, while adding four assists. MU was led by Nicole Gleason’s three goals, while Julianna Shearer added two goals and an assist.
• Despite the relatively high scoring affair between two solid defensive teams, the Golden Eagles recorded 19 caused turnovers in the loss, while the Huskies registered 16.
• UConn won the first-ever meeting in 2013 by a score of 15-4 en route to a 13-5 record that season, and followed it up with a narrow 11-10 win in 2014.
• Additionally, the regular season finale, senior day and PanCAN game against Cincinnati on April 29 is scheduled to be aired on the BIG EAST Digital Network.
• In 2016, Lane has scored at least a goal in every game for the Golden Eagles and has five multi-goal games to her credit. Not just a scorer, Lane has filled up the stat sheet this season by leading the team with 51 shots, while adding 19 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.
• Perhaps most importantly, Lane has helped solidfy play for MU in the draw circle. An area of weakness leading up to this season, she has 29 draw controls, which leads the team. Not only that, but Marquette is fourth in the BIG EAST with 11.27 draw controls per game after finishing 2015 in last place with just 8.65 draw controls per contest.
• The Westminster, Maryland native tied a career- and program-record with five goals in a 17-4 win over Central Michigan. All of her scoring, including one assist, came in a 12-goal outburst for Marquette in the first half. She has 52 points for her career with 44 goals and eight assists in 33 career games.
• Shearer also ranks second on the team with 28 draw controls, which ranks fifth in the BIG EAST. She set the single-game record with eight in a 14-5 win over Detroit back on March 6.
• In the win over Villanova, MU set numerous program records for BIG EAST play with most goals (15), fewest goals allowed (6), largest margin of victory (+9) and most first half goals (9). They also recorded a program record with 31 shots on goal.
• Marquette set all-time program records in the win over CMU for most goals scored (17), tied for fewest goals allowed (4), largest margin of victory (+13), most goals in a single half (12) and tied for the most players to record a goal in a single game (8).
• Prior to the start of this year, MU had compiled an 8-10 record in games they scored first. In 2015, MU was 3-4 in such games, defeating UC Davis, St. Mary’s and Detroit.
• MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game. This year, MU ranks second in the BIG EAST and 15th-nationally with 10.27 caused turnovers per game through the team’s first 11 games.
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