Marquette Hosts Philly Duo on Holy Week
April 16, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team will host its final BIG EAST Conference home games of the year when the squad welcomes Temple and Villanova to the Milwaukee area for games on Thursday, April 17 and Saturday, April 19, respectively.
The Golden Eagles (5-8, 1-3 BIG EAST) will face Temple for the first time in program history on Thursday at Valley Fields with opening draw scheduled for 3 p.m. The two programs are each in their first year as members of the BIG EAST and both sit 5-8 overall.
Following Thursday’s action, Marquette takes on Villanova at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis., at 11 a.m. as part of the first matchup in Saturday’s doubleheader with the Marquette men. The MU men follow the women with a game against Georgetown slated for 2 p.m.
All students in attendance at Thursday’s 3 p.m. game against the Owls will receive free Pizza Hut and double Fanatics points. Saturday’s game features a post-game Easter egg hunt and a Marquette bobblehead giveaway.
Marquette has dropped three-straight games after opening the conference schedule with a win over Cincinnati. Sophomore attack Claire Costanza leads MU with 34 points, followed closely by freshman Amanda Bochniak with 33. The two are tied for fourth in the BIG EAST with 17 assists on the year.
Sophomore midfielder Hayley Baas leads the squad with 23 goals and 18 caused turnovers. The Cincinnati, Ohio native notched a pair of goals in both of MU’s losses at Rutgers and UConn last weekend, helping the Golden Eagles pull within a goal on both occasions in Sunday’s eventual 11-10 loss to the Huskies.
Temple (5-8, 2-2 BIG EAST) has won two of its last three contests, including a 12-10 win over Villanova on April 5 and a 19-3 victory against Cincinnati on Sunday afternoon. Jaymie Tabor leads the Owls with 25 goals and 28 points, while Nicole Tiernan sits second on the squad with 20 goals and 22 points. Tiernan was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll on Tuesday after a four-goal outing last week against Louisville.
National Lacrosse Hall of Famer Bonnie Rosen leads Temple in her eighth season after a successful 10-year stint at the University of Connecticut.
Villanova (7-6, 2-2 BIG EAST) has five players averaging over two points per game, led by Meghan Breen’s 23 goals and 31 points. Sophomore Chelsey Henderson and junior Jessica Mucci each have chipped in 29 points on the year, while Shannon Galvin and Kelsey Denihan have contributed 28 and 25 points, respectively.
The Wildcats defeated Marquette 19-8 on March 22, 2013 in the only other meeting between the two squads. Baas led MU in that contest with three goals, while Henderson posted a game-high four tallies for Villanova.
After this weekend’s final BIG EAST home games of the season, the Golden Eagles head to Louisville on Thursday, April 24 to conclude the league slate against the Cardinals at 3 p.m. at U of L Lacrosse Stadium.