April 11, 2017
|2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 14
|Marquette (4-9, 2-3 BIG EAST) at UConn (4-8, 1-4 BIG EAST)
||Wednesday, April 12 | 11 a.m. CT
||Sherman Family Sports Complex | Storrs, Conn.
|Stats | Video
||GameTracker | Live Stream
||@MarquetteWLax (in-game) | Facebook
|2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 15
|Marquette (4-9, 2-3 BIG EAST) vs. Georgetown (6-7, 4-1 BIG EAST)
||Saturday, April 15 | 1 p.m. CT
||Valley Fields Dome | Milwaukee
|Stats | Video
||GameTracker | Live Stream
||@MarquetteWLax (in-game) | Facebook
MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles enter a critical stretch with four BIG EAST Conference games remaining, beginning with a road match-up at UConn on Wednesday before returning home to face Georgetown on Saturday.
Marquette fell victim to a pair of ranked teams last week, falling to No. 3/3 Florida at home and No. 13/13 Denver on the road, but look to rebound against two unranked opponents this week. Wednesday’s contest against UConn will feature live GameTracker and web stream via UConnHuskies.com. First draw is set for 11 a.m. Central time.
Last time out, the Golden Eagles fell behind Denver, 7-0, midway through the first half before Julianna Shearer went on a personal three-goal run to get Marquette back in it. MU cut the deficit to 9-7 before Denver pulled away with five straight scores en route to the 18-12 win.
Shearer finished with four tallies to break her own single-season goals record, which now sits at 39 goals and counting. Grace Gabriel also scored twice and added a game-high six draw controls, while Jules Horning made 13 saves in net.
UConn enters Wednesday coming off its first BIG EAST victory, a 17-4 triumph over first-year program Butler on Saturday. The Huskies had been outscored by nearly eight goals per game against BIG EAST foes Florida, Georgetown, Denver and Vanderbilt before finally getting in the win column against Butler. Grace Nolan, who ranks among the league’s top-scorers, has 50 points on 31 goals and 19 assists. Jacqueline Jordan is second on the team with 33 points, including 25 goals scored.
Georgetown is off to a flying start in league play, sitting at 6-7 overall and 4-1 in the BIG EAST with their long loss to Temple at home. The Hoyas are averaging nearly 15 goals per game in league play this season, but have yet to meet ranked foes Florida and Denver, which will mark their final two regular season contests. GU has three players with 31-plus points led by Francesca Whitehurst’s 35 points on 21 goals and 14 assists.
Following Saturday’s against Georgetown, the Golden Eagles will await Butler for the final home game of the season on April 22, which will mark Senior Day and team’s annual PanCAN Game.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles dropped a road meeting at No. 13/13 Denver last time out, battling back from a 7-0 hole before cutting it to a 9-7 deficit and eventually falling 18-12. Marquette committed 20 turnovers on the day with 15 coming in a costly first half where it trailed, 8-4.
• Julianna Shearer scored four times, breaking her own single-season record of 36 goals, while Grace Gabriel and Riley Hill each added two goals apiece. Gabriel also chipped in two ground balls, six draw controls and a caused turnover.
• Denver had three players with four or more goals, led by Elizabeth Behrins, who scored five with two assists. Denver outshot MU 38-31, while holding a 20-11 edge in ground balls and a 17-15 advantage in draw controls.
• The Huskies enter Wednesday’s match-up 4-8 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST, coming off their first league victory last time out with a 17-4 triumph over visiting Butler on Saturday. Prior to that, UConn had dropped its first four BIG EAST games to Florida, Georgetown, Denver and Vanderbilt. As a team, the Huskies rank ninth in the nation in caused turnovers per game (11.17), but just sixth in the BIG EAST in scoring defense (12.75 gpg allowed).
• Offensively, the Huskies are led by Grace Nolan’s 50 points on a team-best 31 goals and 19 assists. Jacqueline Jordan has 33 points, including 25 goals, while three others have double-digit goal totals as well. Defensively, UConn features five players with 15 or more caused turnovers, while goalie Grace Beshlian ranks ninth in the nation with 127 saves. She has all 12 decisions for the Huskies with a 12.70 GAA and a .454 save percentage.
• The Hoyas entered the week winners of three of their last four games and sport a 6-7 overall record with a 4-1 mark in BIG EAST play. Georgetown is coming off a convincing 18-11 home win over Vanderbilt last time out, following a narrow 14-13 win over Villanova on the road. The Hoyas’ lone league loss came to Temple at home, 11-9. GU succeeds on the strength of its defense as it rates third in the league with just 10.00 goals allowed per contest.
• Offensively, the Hoyas are led by Francesca Whitehurst’s 35 points on 21 goals and 14 assists. Tayor Gebhardt (27g, 7a) and Ryan Morgan (24g, 7a) are the top featured goal-scorers, having also totaled over 30 points this season. In net, Maddy Fisher has earned all by two decisions, sporting a 5-6 overall record with an 11.80 GAA and a .443 save percentage.
• Wednesday marks the fifth meeting all-time with UConn taking the previous four, including three at home. Last season, the Huskies made their first trip to Milwaukee and claimed a 15-13 come-from-behind victory. With MU leading 11-9, UConn went on a 6-0 run for the win.
• MU had four with multi-goal efforts against the Hoyas last season, including Cate Soccodato, Grace Gabriel and Hayley Baas each with hat tricks. Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane added two goals apiece. MU recorded 18 caused turnovers in the loss, one shy of the program record accomplished against the same UConn squad back in 2015.
• Saturday will mark the fifth meeting all-time with the Hoyas claiming the four previous match-ups, including the previous two by a single goal. In 2015, Georgetown escaped Milwaukee with an 8-7 win at Hart Park on Senior Day before claiming a 13-12 win in Washington, D.C. last season.
• Cate Soccodato scored six MU scorers with four goals last season. Riley Hill added two goals and five assists as well.
• It has been a banner year for senior attacker Julianna Shearer, who this season has already become Marquette’s all-time leading goal scorer (March 25), eclipsed the 100-point plateau (March 19) and, most recently, against Denver (April 8) broke her own program record for single-season goals. Shearer potted four goals, flying past last season’s total of 36 in four fewer games. Her 39 goals on the year rank second in the BIG EAST and 39th-nationally.
• The Westminster, Maryland, native has scored in all 13 games this season with a streak of 12 straight multi-goal performances entering Wednesday’s game at UConn. She sits on 99 career goals and looking to become the first Marquette player to hit the century mark.
GABRIEL HAVING A SOPH-SATIONAL SEASON; SETS DRAWS RECORD
• Sophomore Grace Gabriel, who has set and reset her own single-game record for draw controls this season with 11, has now captured the single-season program record for draws with 54 and counting.
• Prior to Florida (April 5), Gabriel was one shy of Julianna Shearer’s record of 46 set last season. With nine draws combined over the past two outings, the Lancaster, N.Y., native ranks second in the BIG EAST and 42nd-nationally with 4.15 draws per game.
• Gabriel has been a scoring threat as well, tying Shearer’s single-game record with six goals (March 25). She ranks second on the team and tied for sixth in the BIG EAST with 33 goals.
• Senior defender Fran Meyer is in the midst of a breakout season, embracing a leadership role and producing. Through 13 games, she has 25 caused turnovers, which already surpasses her previous career-high of 22 set last season, and ranks second in the BIG EAST and 29th-nationally with 1.92 CT per game. Over half of her total has come in the previous seven contests where she has totaled 17 caused turnovers to go along with 16 ground balls and nine draw controls. Against Northwestern on March 11, the Oak Brook, Illinois, native registered a single-game program-record of six caused turnovers.