April 17, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team concludes the home portion of its schedule Saturday, April 18, when it plays host to Georgetown University in a Senior Day tilt that will double as the featured game for the team's season-long iniative in raising money for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The match-up will be the lone one this season held at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. It is slated for a 5 p.m. Central time start and will follow the Marquette men's lacrosse game against Duke. Live statistics (GameTracker) will be available courtesy of GoMarquette.com.
Marquette has raised over $10,000 for the fight against pancreatic cancer in each of the past two seasons and is nearing that same goal this year with Saturday's game approaching. The team will continue to accept donations through its FirstGiving profile online as well as during the game against Georgetown.
Prior to first draw against Georgetown, the Golden Eagles will honor seven players (Jenaye Coleman, Emily Donovan, Nicole Gleason, Sandra McCartin, Molly McQuade, Anna Muzika and Alex Winey) and a team manager (Briana Vargas) set to graduate from the Marquette women's lacrosse team this season. The program is grateful for their dedication and service as they helped pioneer the program through its first three seasons.
The Golden Eagles were officially eliminated from BIG EAST tournament contention with an 11-9 loss on the road to Vanderbilt on Wednesday. Trailing 8-2 at halftime, Marquette responded with one of its best halves of the season, outscoring the Commodores, 7-3, in the second half before falling just short in an impressive comeback effort.
Georgetown enters Saturday with a tournament spot locked up following a thrilling 13-12 win over UConn on Wednesday and looks to secure the No. 2 seed heading into the four-team postseason tournament. Currently, the Hoyas sit in second place behind Florida.
Saturday will mark the third meeting all-time between the two teams with Georgetown winning both previous meetings, including a 12-7 win last year in Washington, D.C.
Marquette will wrap up the 2015 season when it heads to Cincinnati to take on the Bearcats in a BIG EAST clash Saturday, April 25. Start time is set for noon Central time.
LAST TIME OUT
· Marquette put together one of its best halves of the season when it outscored Vanderbilt 7-3 in the second half of an 11-9 loss. The Commodores hung on for the win after building an 8-2 lead going into halftime.
· The Golden Eagles lost despite gaining more shots (29-19) and ground balls (22-19) in the game. Vandy won the battle in draw controls (14-8) which proved to be a deciding factor in the outcome.
· Five different players scored for MU, including Hayley Baas, who recorded her first hat trick of the season. Claire Costanza netted two goals to reach 20 for the year, while Allison Lane added two and Riley Hill and Lauren Hook each chipped in one goal apiece.
· The Hoyas improved to 5-9 overall, 4-1 in the BIG EAST and have clinched a spot in the conference tournament following a 13-12 win over UConn last time out. Georgetown was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST before the season started and, so far, that's exactly where it stands.
· It was a tough start for the Hoyas, who lost seven of their first eight games to open the year. They played arguably the toughest schedule in the country with five of those losses coming against top-20 oppponents. Add in losses to No. 1 Maryland and then-No. 8 Florida later on in the year and Georgetown has played seven top-20 opponents with three in the top-11.
· The Hoyas are coming off a thrilling victory over UConn on Wednesday in which they squandered an 8-4 second-half lead, but came from behind late to win 13-12 in regulation. Kristen Bandos scored the eventual game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining.
· Bandos finished with five goals in the win over UConn with four of those coming in the second half. She leads the Hoyas with 21 goals on the season and ranks third in points with 22. Caroline Tarzian is the team-leader in points with 29 as she has 19 goals and 10 assists. Colleen Lovett is second on the team with 26 points (17g, 9a). In net, Maddy Fisher has claimed all 14 decisions and sports an 11.84 GAA with a .403 save percentage.
· Saturday's game will be the third between Marquette and Georgetown all-time. The Hoyas have claimed the previous two meetings by a combined score of 25-12, including a 12-7 win last season in Washington, D.C.
· In their last meeting, MU's Nicole Gleason scored with 2:40 remaining in the first half to tie the game at 5-5 heading into halftime. It was all Georgetown in the second half as it scored seven unanaswered goals with Kelyn Freedman scoring three of her game-high six goals in the final 30 minutes.
· In both previous meetings the Hoyas have been nationally-ranked, coming in as high as No. 8 in 2013 and No. 19 last season. Georgetown opened the 2015 season with a No. 16 ranking in the IWLCA poll and No. 20 ranking according to Inside Lacrosse, but fell out of the polls following a slow start.
DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME
· Following Saturday's game against Georgetown, Marquette will head to Cincinnati for the regular season finale against the Bearcats Saturday, April 25. MU and Cinci are 1-1 in two meetings all-time. The Golden Eagles took last year's meeting by a score of 14-6.
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 second in the BIG EAST and ninth-nationally in caused turnovers, forcing 9.80 miscues per game. Individually, Elizabeth Goslee (1.60) and Fran Meyer (1.33) rank fifth and ninth, 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 127 career points on 59 goals and 68 assists.
· Through 15 contests this season, she has totaled 10 multi-point games and leads the team with 44 points, good for fourth in the BIG EAST. Her 24 assists also rank second in the conference and 19th-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
The Last Meeting
April 5, 2014
Marquette Falls 12-5 at No. 19/RV Georgetown
No. 19/RV Georgetown pulled away from a halftime tie to top the Marquette University women's lacrosse team, 12-5, on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C.