Redshirt-sophomore Taylor Smith ranks fourth on the team with 16 points (14g, 2a)
April 14, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team is desperate to put an end to a five-game losing skid as it heads to Nashville to take on first-year league member Vanderbilt University Wednesday, April 15. First draw is set for 3 p.m. Central time at the VU Lacrosse Complex.
Live video and statistics (GameTracker) will be available courtesy of VUCommodores.com.
Vanderbilt is riding high following its third-straight win in the form of a thrilling 10-9 double-overtime victory over UConn last Saturday. The Commodores climbed to 3-2 in league play and into fourth place, reasserting themselves as a contender for one of the four BIG EAST tournament spots in the process.
Meanwhile, Marquette, which had a fast start in scoring the game's first two goals to take a lead on Temple, saw that disappear quickly as the Owls used a 7-0 run in the first half on the way to an 11-7 victory in Philadelphia.
Hayley Baas and Riley Hill gave the Blue & Gold a 2-0 advantage within the first 6 minutes of action before Temple scored the next seven goals to take a 7-3 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles cut the deficit to two goals when Emily Donovan scored her first of two goals with over 23 minutes remaining, but the Owls answered back by scoring four of the game's next five goals to fend off any hope of a Marquette comeback. The win marked Temple's first in league play this season and snapped a three-game skid in the process.
Baas and Donovan each recorded two goals and an assist in the loss, while Claire Costanza chipped in a goal and an assist as well.
Vanderbilt, which sports a 4-3 record at home this season, is led by Mallory Schonk (28g, 17a) and Jill Doherty (24g, 20a), who have combined for 89 points this season. During their current three-game winning streak, Schonk and Doherty have accounted for 10 and 11 points, respectively.
Wednesday's meeting will be the first-ever match-up between both teams.
Following Wednesday's contest, Marquette will look ahead to Saturday, April 18, when it faces Georgetown in a 5 p.m. start at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The game will recognize MU's eight seniors and benefit the team's everlasting effort to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer.
LAST TIME OUT
· Marquette went on the road to Philadelphia on Saturday and suffered a disappointing 11-7 loss to Temple, which kept it winless on the year in BIG EAST play. MU acquired more ground balls, 21-18, and drew even on draw controls, 10-10, but were outshot 23-15 and turned it over 23 times.
· After a 2-0 lead out of the gates, the Golden Eagles surrendered seven-straight goals to Temple and trailed 7-3 at halftime. MU scored the first two goals of the second half to cap a 3-0 run and cut the deficit to 7-5, but the Owls went on to score four of the game's final six goals.
· Hayley Baas and Emily Donovan each tallied two goals and an assist to lead MU. Goalie Sarah Priem went the distance, making saves, including four in the first half, in the loss.
· Temple had three scorers register hat tricks with Nicole Barretta totaling five points with three goals and two assists to lead the Owls.
· MU is now 0-9 this season when allowing 10 or more goals.
· The Commodores enter Wednesday with a 6-8 overall record, including a 3-2 mark in the BIG EAST after handing UConn its first league loss with a thrilling 10-9 double-overtime victory last Saturday. It's been an up-and-down season for Vanderbilt so far, seeing an eight-game losing skid bookended by a pair of three-game streaks.
· The win over UConn moves Vandy back into contention for one of the four conference tournament spots as it currently holds sole possession of fourth place. Alexa Kunowsky scored with 12 seconds remaining in the first overtime to extend the game and Caroline Peters won it in sudden death with 50 seconds left to lift the `Dores to a win. Amanda Lockwood led VU with four goals and an assist, while Kunowsky and Peters each tallied two goals as well. Goalie Maddy Kratz made 11 big saves in the win.
· On the season, Mallory Schonk leads Vanderbilt with 45 points on 28 goals and 17 assists. Jill Doherty is second on the squad with 44 points (24g, 20a) and Peters (21g, 10a) and Kunowsky (24g, 4a) are close behind. Callahan Kent and Kratz have split 14 starts this season with Kratz holding an 11.01 GAA average and stout .460 save percentage. Kent has sported a 12.92 GAA and a .415 save percentage.
· Wednesday's match-up marks the first-ever between Marquette and Vanderbilt. The teams have four common opponents so far this season (Connecticut, Florida, Johns Hopkins, Temple) with the Commodores going 2-2 with losses to Florida and Johns Hopkins and the Golden Eagles sporting an 0-4 mark.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME
· Entering Wednesday's showdown with Vanderbilt, Marquette has just three games remaining in the regular season. All remain crucial as there are only four spots in the BIG EAST Conference tournament and the Golden Eagles sit in seventh place and 2.5 games back of the Commodores.
· Two of MU's final three opponents sit higher in the standings in the form of Vanderbilt (6-8, 3-2 BE), which has won three straight, and Georgetown (4-9, 3-1 BE), which has one two in a row. MU will conclude the regular season with Cincinnati (2-12, 0-4 BE), which remains winless in league play.
· Albeit difficult, with wins in their final three games and a little bit of help, the Golden Eagles could still earn a spot in the conference tournament. 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 0-9 this year when allowing 10 goals or more.
· Marquette ranks third in the BIG EAST and 12th-nationally in caused turnovers, forcing 9.71 miscues per game. Individually, Elizabeth Goslee (1.64) and Fran Meyer (1.21) rank fifth and 13th, 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 125 career points on 57 goals and 68 assists.
· Through 14 contests this season, she has totaled nine multi-point games and leads the team with 42 points, good for fourth in the BIG EAST. Her 24 assists also rank second in the conference and 17th-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/.
· Make your voice heard and donate today by clicking here: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan