Marquette Lacrosse Prepares for Vandy, Georgetown

Junior Julianna Shearer set the MU single-season record with her 29th goal in the win over Temple.
April 19, 2016

2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 15
Marquette (5-9, 2-2 BIG EAST) vs. Vanderbilt (5-9, 1-4 BIG EAST)
Date Wednesday, April 20 | 1 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee, Wis.
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2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 16
Marquette (5-9, 2-2 BIG EAST) at Georgetown (5-8, 3-1 BIG EAST)
Date Saturday, April 23 | 12 p.m. CT
Location Cooper Field | Washington, D.C.
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MILWAUKEE -- The Golden Eagles control their own destiny as they look to secure their first-ever berth into the BIG EAST Conference tournament with a 2-2 league record going into their final three regular season games. MU will host Vanderbilt on Wednesday, April 20, followed by a road trip to Georgetown on Saturday, April 23.

The Last Meeting
Marquette9
Vanderbilt11
April 15, 2015
Nashville, Tenn.
Marquette Falls at Vandy, 11-9, Despite Strong Finish
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team was able to put together an impressive second-half run, but a six-goal deficit coming out of halftime was just too much to overcome as host Vanderbilt University hung on for an 11-7 win at the VU Lacrosse Complex Wednesday afternoon, April 15.

The Last Meeting
Georgetown8
Marquette7
April 18, 2015
Hart Park
Women's Lax Outlasted by Georgetown On Senior Day, 8-7
It was another late-game comeback effort that fell just short for the Marquette University women's lacrosse team, which scored four unanswered goals to close out the game, but visiting Georgetown built a big enough lead to hang on and spoil Senior Day with an 8-7 win at Hart Park Saturday evening, April 18.

Wednesday’s contest against the Commodores is scheduled for a 1 p.m. Central time start at Valley Fields. The game will feature live stats via GoMarquette.com. Saturday’s game in Washington, D.C. is set for a 12 p.m. CT tilt with live stats and video provided by GUHoyas.com.

Marquette went 1-1 last week, bouncing back after a disappointing loss at No. 2 Florida with a must-win triumph over Temple at home on Saturday. Defense sparked the 12-10 win over the Owls as MU held Temple scoreless for nearly 27 minutes, outscoring them 7-0 during that span. Senior goalie Sarah Priem made seven saves in addition to three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Three Golden Eagles tallied hat tricks, led by Julianna Shearer, who broke the MU single-season record with her 29th goal of the year.

Vanderbilt comes into Wednesday’s matchup with a 5-9 overall mark, including a 1-4 record in BIG EAST games. After starting the season 4-2, the Commodores have scuffled to a 1-7 record in their last eight games. Mallory Schonk is one of three VU players with 33 or more points this season, leading the way  with 39 points on 27 goals and 12 assists.

Georgetown has been on the rise of late, sporting a 5-8 overall record with a 3-1 mark in league action - good for third place - entering the week. The Hoyas have played one of the nation’s most difficult non-conference schedules, having faced seven top-20 teams already and going 1-6 in those matchups. The reigning BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week, Kristen Bandos, is tied for the team-lead with 27 points on a team-high 23 goals and four assists. Corrine Etchison also has 27 points on 16 goals and a team-best 11 assists.

Following this week’s action, MU will have just one regular season game left against Cincinnati at home on April 29, where it will honor its 13-member senior class and host its annual PanCAN Awareness game. First draw is set for 5 p.m. at Valley Fields.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles went 1-1 a week ago, following up a disappointing 15-5 defeat at No. 2 Florida with a 12-10 victory over Temple at home. The win was Marquette needed to have as it now controls its own destiny toward capturing a BIG EAST tournament berth for the first time in program history.

• Marquette overcame a three-goal halftime deficit against Temple by scoring seven unanswered goals in the second half, while holding the Owls scoreless for nearly a 27-minute stretch. It was an impressive performance defensively as goalie Sarah Priem made seven saves and recorded three caused turnovers and five ground balls. Elizabeth Goslee also registered three caused turnovers and four ground balls as MU caused 15 turnovers as a team.

• Five players reached the scoring column with four providing multi-goal games, including Amanda Bochniak, Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane each recording hat tricks. Bochniak and Lane both tallied an assist to reach four points in the win, while Riley Hill also totaled four points with two goals and two assists.

SCOUTING VANDERBILT
• The Commodores enter the week with a downward trending 5-9 overall record, including a 1-4 mark in BIG EAST play. After starting the season 4-2, which includes a 12-7 win on the road at Denver, Vanderbilt has since lost six of seven and is currently on the outside looking in at a berth in the conference tournament.

• VU is coming off a 1-1 week in which it defeated winless Cincinnati, 13-3, on Wednesday before falling to  co-league frontrunner UConn, 13-10, on Saturday. Mallory Schonk had six goals and four assists on the week, including four goals against UConn.

• Schonk leads Vandy with 39 points on 27 goals and 12 assists this season. Kelly Chandler leads the team with 34 goals, while Jill Doherty has the team-lead with 18 assists. All three players have 33 points or more on the year. In goal, Callahan Kent has played every minute for VU this season, sporting a 10.57 GAA and .491 save percentage with 143 saves.

A LOOK AT GEORGETOWN
• After a 3-1 start to league play, the Hoyas sit in third place in the league standings and remain in the driver’s seat toward qualifying for the BIG EAST tournament once again. GU entered the week with a 5-8 overall record and will have a tough test against UConn on Wednesday.

• The Hoyas are coming off a 2-0 week in which they took down Villanova and Cincinnati on the road by a combined score of 28-12. Kristen Bandos led the way with four goals, two assists, five ground balls, four draw controls and three caused turnovers en route to being named BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week.

• Bandos is tied for the team-lead with 27 points on a team-leading 23 goals and four assists, while Corinne Etchison also has 27 points on 16 goals and a team-best 11 assists. In goal, Maddy Fisher had started all 13 games and sports a 4-7 record with an 11.11 GAA and a .366 save percentage. Megan McDonald has logged 13 more minutes than Fisher this season and has a 1-1 record with a 9.69 GAA and a .434 save percentage in 13 appearances.

SERIES HISTORY
Vanderbilt
• Wednesday’s game will mark the second-ever matchup between both teams after Vandy came away with an 11-9 win in Nashville a season ago. VU raced out to an 8-2 lead at halftime. MU outscored VU 7-3 in the second half, including three straight goals to end the game. Hayley Baas scored a hat trick on a game-high six shots.
Georgetown
• Saturday will mark the fourth meeting all-time between both squads with GU winning the previous three matchups, including last season’s narrow 8-7 victory at Hart Park in MKE.

LANE EARNS FOURTH BIG EAST WEEKLY HONOR
• 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) and - as was announced on Tuesday - earned a spot on the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for the second time this year.

• In 2016, the Asbury, N.J. native has scored at least a goal in every game this season and has seven multi-goal efforts to her credit. Not just a scorer, Lane has filled the stat sheet this season by leading the team with 60 shots, while adding 24 ground balls and 12 CT.

• 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 second on the team with 38 draw controls. Marquette ranks first in BIG EAST play this season with 12.25 draw controls per game after finishing 2015 in last with just 8.65 draw controls per contest.

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT ON THE LINE
• The Golden Eagles have entered unchartered territory after earning their second BIG EAST win against Temple on Saturday. In its third BIG EAST season, this is the first time MU has won multiple league contests in the same year and the Golden Eagles find themselves sitting in fourth place with a chance to move up to third after the final three league games.

• If Marquette can secure one of the top-four places by season’s end, it would capture its first-ever BIG EAST tournament berth. And with a host of 13 seniors that have seen the program develop from year one, it would be quite the accomplishment.

WHERE THEY RANK
• Marquette is featured in the national rankings in two key categories, coming in fifth in ground balls (21.43/game) and 10th in caused turnovers (11.0/game).

• In the BIG EAST rankings, the Golden Eagles rank first and second in ground balls and caused turnovers, respectively. Other notable categories include fourth in scoring (10.43 goals/game), fourth in points (14.71/game), fourth in draw controls (11.29/game) and fourth in the league standings.

• Individually, Riley Hill sits atop the BIG EAST rankings in assists, averaging 1.36 assists per game. Julianna Shearer (39 DC) and Allison Lane (38 DC) are fourth and fifth, respectively, in draw controls. In league play alone, Lane leads the BIG EAST with 4.25 draw controls per game. Meanwhile, Sarah Priem leads the league with 2.85 ground balls per game.

BAAS HITS THE CENTURY MARK
• Senior Hayley Baas, who holds the Marquette record for career goals with 86, scored a hat trick against UConn to become 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 then-single-season record for goals as a sophomore in 2014 with 28.

ONE OF MARQUETTE’S CROWNED “JULES”
• Junior Julianna Shearer has been one of Marquette’s most consistent scorers this season and with three goals in a win over Temple on Saturday, became the single-season record holder for goals in a season. She currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST with 29 goals in 2016, scoring in all but two games this year and totaling 10 multi-goal games through the team’s first 14 games.

• The Westminster, Maryland native tied a career- and program-record with five goals in a 17-4 win over Central Michigan. She leads the team with 39 draw controls this year, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST. She set the single-game record with eight in a 14-5 win over Detroit back on March 6.

• Shearer has 61 points for her career with 53 goals and eight assists in 38 career games.

HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING
• Marquette is averaging 21.43 ground balls per contest, which ranks first in the BIG EAST and fifth in the nation behind Presbyterian (24.67 gb/game). MU’s average is up nearly seven ground balls per game compared to last season. The Golden Eagles set a program record with 39 ground balls in a 15-4 victory over California back on Feb. 26.

WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
• In 2015, Marquette held its opponents under 10 goals seven times, which was three more than the season prior. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 7-2, including a 5-2 record last season. They have allowed 10 or fewer goals in six games this season with five wins.

• MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game. This year, MU ranks second in the BIG EAST and 10th-nationally with 11.00 caused turnovers per game through the team’s first 14 games.

MARQUETTE TO BE FEATURED ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK IN 2016
• The BIG EAST Digital Network has expanded its live streaming coverage in 2015-16 and Marquette women’s lacrosse is thrilled to be included in those plans as its season finale/Senior Day and PanCAN awareness game against Cincinnati on April 29, will be featured.

• The Golden Eagles and Bearcats will be one of three BIG EAST women’s lacrosse game featured on the network, which is three more than a season ago.

• The other two contests scheduled to be aired on BEDN will be Florida at Georgetown on April 9, and Temple at Villanova on April 20.

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 three years. They will host their fourth annual PanCAN game on Saturday, April 29, against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette  Women’s Lacrosse has raised over $30,000 toward research and finding a cure.
• To donate, please click the following link and help us combat this terrible disease: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan.


 

 

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