Senior Nicole Gleason has scored in six-straight games
April 10, 2015
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell to 0-3 in the BIG EAST following a 16-5 setback at home to No. 8/9 Florida, which proved why it ranks third-nationally in scoring. On Saturday, the Golden Eagles will go up against a Temple University squad also seeking its first BIG EAST win of the year.
The Last Meeting
April 17, 2014
Live video and statistics (GameTracker) will be available courtesy of OwlSports.com. First draw is set for 11 a.m. Central time.
Temple rode a five-game winning streak with an 8-1 overall mark heading into conference play, but has since dropped three-straight league games. A berth into the BIG EAST tournament is looking bleak for the Owls should the trend continue.
Marquette experienced the difficult task of going up against a high-powered Florida offense that also happens to be leading the BIG EAST in total defense. It was evident why as the Gators used separate runs of 6-0 and 5-0, while holding the Golden Eagles to single digits, en route to a 16-5 win at Valley Fields on Wednesday.
The Blue & Gold made a game of it at the outset, answering a Gator goal scored just 44 seconds into the game with two consecutive tallies to take a brief lead. However, Florida would erase the one-goal deficit and eventually rally off six straight goals to take a commanding 8-3 lead at halftime and never looked back.
Senior Nicole Gleason scored in her fourth-consecutive game to pace the MU offense with two goals. The Golden Eagles committed just 11 turnovers (a season low) and hung with Florida in key statistical categories, but it wasn't enough to combat a four-goal performance from the national scoring leader, Shannon Gilroy, and other valuable contributions by the Gators.
Temple will pose another serious scoring threat to Marquette on Saturday when Nicole Tiernan and her team-leading 29 goals welcome the Golden Eagles to Geasey Field.
Marquette will look to even up the all-time series against Temple after falling to the Owls in their only other match-up, an 11-7 setback at Valley Fields April 17 of last year.
Following Saturday's contest, Marquette will turnaround and head to Nashville for its first-ever meeting with Vanderbilt Wednesday, April 15. Senior Day is right around the corner as MU will bid adieu to seven valuable members of the squad in the home finale at Hart Park against Georgetown, April 18.
LAST TIME OUT
· Marquette's match-up against Florida on Wednesday was daunting from the start as the Gators entered the contest at Valley Fields averaging more than 15 goals per game, which ranked third in the country, while also allowing a BIG EAST-best 8.33 goals to opponents. All that said, the Golden Eagles put forth a good effort despite the 16-5 score.
· MU got off 21 shots, only turned it over 11 times (a season-low), won nearly 50 percent of ground balls, and was 13-for-14 on clearances. A respectable showing against the eighth-ranked team in the country.
· Florida is well-equipped with scorers all over the field, however, and leading the way is the nation's top-scorer in Shannon Gilroy, who potted four goals to bring her season total to 52 (70 points). Four others registered multiple goals as well, while UF's goalie tandem made 10 saves as a unit.
· MU received two goals from Nicole Gleason, giving her 17 on the season. Julianna Shearer, Taylor Smith and Riley Hill also booked goals, while Claire Costanza dished out one assist to extend her points streak to 18 consecutive games, which dates back to last season.
· The Owls began the season with an impressive 8-1 start, scoring in double figures in seven of those nine contests. However, since entering BIG EAST Conference play, Temple has yet to reach double figures and is averaging just over six goals per game on the way to an 0-3 start.
· Leading scorer, Nicole Tiernan, entered BIG EAST play with 26 goals though nine games. In three league games, she has just three goals on nine shots. She's the only Temple player with more than 18 points this season as the Owls average just 9.58 goals per game. Rachel Schwaab (8g, 10a) and Kathryn Skahan (12g, 3a) rank behind Tiernan with 18 and 15 points, respectively.
· Last time out, the Owls traveled to UConn, which remained unbeaten in conference play after a convincing 18-6 rout at home. The Huskies raced to a 10-2 halftime advantage before outscoring the Owls, 8-4, in the second half. Temple was outshot, 30-22, and was held to just 14 shots on goal, including three in the first half. Morgan Glassford led the Owls with two goals on five shots, while the Temple goalie tandem of Jaqi Kakalecik and Rachel Hall combined for just three saves in the loss.
· Saturday's game will mark just the second head-to-head match-up between the Golden Eagles and Owls. Temple took the first-ever meeting last year (April 17) in Milwaukee by a score of 11-7, using a 7-3 margin in the first half, which proved insurmountable.
· Amanda Bochniak (3 points) and Hayley Baas each tallied two goals for MU, while Claire Costanza, Anna Muzika and Devyn Antolini each tallied one as well. Temple was led by Jaymie Tabor's hat trick, while Nicole Tiernan added two goals and an assist.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME
· Entering Saturday's showdown with Temple, Marquette has just four games remaining in the regular season. All remain crucial as there are four spots in the BIG EAST Conference tournament and two are all but guaranteed to conference unbeatens Florida (10-4, 4-0 BE) and UConn (8-4, 3-0 BE).
· In addition to Temple (8-4, 0-3 BE), which has dropped three-straight games, MU has Vanderbilt (5-8, 2-2 BE), Georgetown (3-9, 2-1 BE) and Cincinnati (2-11, 0-3 BE). All four, along with the Golden Eagles, rank in the league's bottom five, thus duking it out with Villanova (7-5, 2-1 BE) for the final two spots to get into the postseason.
· Albeit difficult, a 4-3 record in league play is doable for Marquette and might just be enough to earn that coveted fourth seed. Afterall, last season saw Rutgers earn the fourth and final tournament spot after winning a three-way tie-breaker over Villanova and Temple, which all finished with BIG EAST records of 3-4.
WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
· When the Marquette defensive unit is at its best, it has translated into wins on the field. When allowing fewer than 10 goals this season, MU carries a 4-1 record. In 2014, the Golden Eagles sported a 4-0 mark when holding opponents under 10 goals. Conversely, MU is 0-8 this year when allowing 10 goals or more.
· Marquette ranks third in the BIG EAST and 10th-nationally in caused turnovers, forcing 9.77 miscues per game. Individually, Elizabeth Goslee (1.69) and Fran Meyer (1.25) rank fifth and 11th, respectively, in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game.
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 123 career points on 56 goals and 67 assists.
· Through 13 contests this season, she has totaled eight multi-point games and leads the team with 40 points, good for second in the BIG EAST. Her 23 assists also rank second in the conference and 14th-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/.
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