April 12, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Golden Eagles sport a 1-1 BIG EAST record as they look ahead to a midweek match-up against No. 2 Florida, April 13, followed by a date with Temple at home Saturday, April 16.
Wednesday’s contest in Gainesville is slated for a 1p.m. Central time start and will feature live stats and a live web stream via FloridaGators.com. Saturday’s contest against Temple is slated for a 1:35 p.m. Central time start at Valley Fields. Live Stats are available via GoMarquette.com, while Time Warner Cable SportsChannel will host Marquette’s first televised game of the season with Patrick Reed and Eric Simon on the broadcast. The game will be presented as part of a doubleheader with the men’s team, who hosts Providence at 11 a.m.
The Golden Eagles played an entertaining and spirited battle against UConn last time out, leading by as many as three goals in the first half before the Huskies prevailed in a high-scoring 15-13 affair at Valley Fields.
Five players from MU tallied multiple goals, led by senior Hayley Baas and freshmen Grace Gabriel and Cate Soccodato. UConn used a 6-0 run in the second half to erase a two-goal deficit en route to the win.
Florida, which sports a 12-1 overall record and 3-0 start to BIG EAST action, suffered its only loss of the season to the still-undefeated and consensus No.1 team in the country, Maryland. Nicole Graziano leads UF with 39 points on 29 goals and 10 assist in 2016. Wednesday will mark the second-ever meeting between both teams.
The Last Meeting
April 8, 2015
No. 8/9 Florida Hands Marquette Women's Lax 16-5 Setback
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team welcomed No. 8/9-ranked University of Florida to the friendly confines of Valley Fields and came up a little bit short as the visiting Gators used a valiant effort to register their fourth-straight win with a 16-5 result Wednesday afternoon, April 8.
Temple, sitting 9-3 overall and 1-1 in league play, is coming off a 7-3 home win over Vanderbilt last time out following a narrow 10-9 setback to Florida on the road in the BIG EAST opener. Rachel Schwaab leads the Owls with 35 points on 22 goals and 13 assists this year. The match-up will be the third between MU and Temple.
Following this week’s contests, the Golden Eagles will have just three games remaining, including two at home. MU will host Vanderbilt on Wednesday, April 20, followed by the regular season road finale at Georgetown, April 23. MU will then host Cincinnati, April 29, for a senior day and and annual PanCAN game to raise awareness for pancreatic cancer.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles followed up its best offensive performance against league opponent when it handed Villanova a 15-6 loss in Philly with another outstanding offensive display, but fell to UConn in their BIG EAST home opener, 15-13, at Valley Fields on Saturday. The Huskies used a 6-0 run over a stretch of 20-plus minutes in the second half to erase a two-goal deficit and take a four-goal lead, which they did not relinquish.
• Five players registered multiple goals for MU, led by Hayley Baas, Grace Gabriel and Cate Soccodato, who each tallied three goals apiece. Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane added two goals each in the loss. MU outshot UConn, 32-28, while ground balls were even, 24-24, and draw controls went to the Blue and Gold, 17-13.
• Marquette recorded a season-high 18 caused turnovers as Soccodato, Baas and Elizabeth Goslee each totaled three. Shearer and Taylor Smith added two caused turnovers apiece as well. Alex Gambacorta completely shut down BIG EAST leading scorer Katherine Finkelston, but the Huskies were able to get scoring contributions elsewhere as Alexandra Crofts and Maggie Tripodi each tallied four goals.
• Since about the third week of the season, the Gators have been implanted in the rankings as the No. 2 team in the country. UF won its first nine games before coming across unbeaten and No. 1 Maryland, which defeated the Gators 14-4 in Gainesville. They have since bounced back with consecutive victories over BIG EAST-foes Vanderbilt, Temple and Georgetown.
• Florida lost an all-american from a season ago, Shannon Gilroy, but has not missed a step offensively, averaging nearly 13 goals per game with eight players totaling double-digits in points. Nicole Graziano leads the team in scoring with 39 points on 29 goals and 10 assists, while Shayna Pirreca and Sammi Burgess are close behind with 33 and 31 points, respectively.
• As a team, the Gators are allowing fewer than eight goals per game thanks to one of the nation’s top goalies, Mary-Sean Wilcox, who has a 12-1 record with an 8.38 goals against average and a .463 save percentage.
A LOOK AT TEMPLE
• The Owls enter the week with a solid 9-3 overall record, including a 1-1 mark in BIG EAST play. After a loss to No. 2 Florida on the road in the league opener, Temple responded with a 7-3 win over Vanderbilt at home. The Owls have one of the league’s best scoring offenses (12.75 goals/game) and boast one of the top scoring differentials this season, outscoring opponents by an average of 6.5 goals per game.
• Rachel Schwaab’s 35 points on 22 goals and 13 assists leads nine Owls with at least 10 points. Megan Tiernan is second on the squad with 33 points on 22 goals and 11 assists, while Brenda McDermott and Kirstie Connor follow up with 27 and 20 points, respectively.
• Defensively, Temple is one of the top team’s in the BIG EAST in allowing just 6.25 goals on average and Jaqi Kakalecik is a big part of that, logging every minute in net for the Owls and carrying a 9-3 record with 75 saves and a .500 save percentage.
• This marks the second meeting all-time between the Gators and Golden Eagles. Both team’s met last season in Florida’s first as a member of the BIG EAST, ranked No. 8 at the time, the Gators defeated MU 16-5 at Valley Fields.
• Marquette and Temple meet for the third time and second season in a row. Both previous meetings went to the Owls by identical 11-7 scores, most recently last season in Philadelphia.
GAMBACORTA TABBED TO BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR ROLL
• Sophomore defender Alex Gambacorta was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll following a fantastic individual effort despite a 15-13 loss to visiting UConn on Saturday, April 9. The Glenview, Illinois native shut down the league’s top-scorer Katherine Finkelston, holding her scoreless for the first time in 16 games dating back to last season. Finkelston entered the match-up with 38 goals on the season.
TIME WARNER CABLE SPORTSCHANNEL TO BROADCAST GAME VS. TEMPLE
• For the first time, a Marquette women’s lacrosse game will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel in the Milwaukee area. The Golden Eagles were featured for the first time on GoMarquette.com via a live stream broadcast on April 9 vs. UConn and now hits the airwaves for their first telecast with Patrick Reed and Eric Simon on call.
• 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 via FOX Sports Go.
BAAS HITS THE CENTURY MARK
• Senior Hayley Baas, who holds the Marquette record for career goals with 86, scored twice last week and became just the second Golden Eagle to hit 100 career points. She trails Claire Costanza, who is missing the 2016 season due to injury after surpassing the century mark a year ago. Costanza currently has a program-leading 129 points on 60 goals and 69 assists.
• Baas has 24 points on 20 goals and four assists on the year. She set the single-season record for goals as a sophomore in 2014 with 28.
NO SLOWING THE A-TRAIN, Allison Lane
• Sophomore Allison Lane has enjoyed a breakout season for the Golden Eagles, twice being named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week (March 22, April 5).
• In 2016, the Asbury, N.J. native has scored at least a goal in every game this season and has six multi-goal efforts to her credit. Not just a scorer, Lane has filled the stat sheet this season by leading the team with 54 shots, while adding 24 ground balls and 12 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 is tied for the team-lead with Julianna Shearer with 33 draw controls. Marquette is second in the BIG EAST with 11.75 draw controls per game after finishing 2015 in last with just 8.65 draw controls per contest.
ONE OF MARQUETTE’S CROWNED “JULES”
• Junior Julianna Shearer has been one of Marquette’s most consistent scorers this season, leading the team and ranking fifth in the BIG EAST with 26 goals. She’s scored in all but one game this year and totaled nine multi-goal games through the team’s first 12 games.
• The Westminster, Maryland native tied a career- and program-record with five goals in a 17-4 win over Central Michigan.
• She has 58 points for her career with 50 goals and eight assists in 36 career games. Shearer is also tied for the team-lead this season with 33 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.