Women's Lax Hosts Butler for Senior Day, PanCAN Game

April 21, 2017

2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 16
Marquette (4-11, 2-5 BIG EAST) vs. Butler (1-14, 0-7 BIG EAST) 
Date Saturday, April 22  | 5 p.m. CT
Location Valley Fields | Milwaukee
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MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles close out the regular season with its final two games, beginning with the home finale at Valley Fields - a Senior Day and PanCAN Awareness game match-up against Butler on Saturday.

Marquette’s loss to Georgetown last Saturday officially ended its BIG EAST tournament hopes along with five other league members as and Florida, Denver, Temple and Georgetown officially secured BIG EAST tournament berths with still two regular season games remaining.

Saturday’s home finale for the Golden Eagles is set for a 5 p.m. Central time start with Marquette’s senior class to be honored pre-game. Live stats and a live video stream will be available via GoMarquette.com.

During the pre-game Senior Day ceremony, Marquette will honor its nine-member 2017 senior class, which includes: Devyn Antolini, Alina Atayan, Megan Bianco, Amanda Bochniak, Claire Costanza, Fran Meyer, Julianna Shearer, Taylor Smith and Meghan Wilson. All have combined to score an impressive 430 goals in 66 career games between them.

Last time out, the Golden Eagles were unable to upend surging Georgetown at home, falling to the Hoyas, 19-11. In the loss, Julianna Shearer scored three more goals and now has a league-leading 47 markers on the season. Charlotte McGuire and Allison Lane added multi-goal games as well, while Grace Gabriel scored once and added to her record-breaking draws total with 10 more.

First-year program Butler comes to Milwaukee sporting a 1-14 overall record with an 0-7 mark in BIG EAST action. The Bulldogs’ lone win came against Gardner-Webb (16-13) back on March 8 and they have dropped nine-straight contests since.

The Bulldogs are led by Journey Fischbeck’s team-leading 29 points on 17 goals and 12 assists, while Haley Hallenbeck 28 points with a team-leading 24 goals.

Following Saturday’s Senior Day and annual PanCAN game match-up against Butler, the Golden Eagles will conclude the regular season on the road, taking on Vanderbilt on Sunday, April 30. First draw is set for 1 p.m. Central time.

LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles dropped its fourth straight contest with a 19-11 setback to Georgetown last time out. Trailing 8-5 at halftime, Marquette scored the first two goals of the second half to cut the deficit to one, but the Hoyas responded with their second of three 4-0 scoring runs of the game to build a lead that proved insurmountable.

• MU was led once against by Julianna Shearer, who scored three times to bring her BIG EAST goals lead to 47 tallies on the season. Charlotte McGuire and Allison Lane chipped in two goals apiece, while Grace Gabriel added one score and 10 draw controls.

SCOUTING BUTLER
• The Bulldogs enter Saturday’s contest with a 1-14 overall record and winless in their first seven BIG EAST Conference games. The first-year program captured its lone win of the season against Gardner-Webb on the road by a score of 16-13. The Bulldogs offense has yet to reach double-digit in a BIG EAST game this year, topping out at seven goals in a 19-7 setback to Temple earlier this season. Defensively, they have allowed 17.87 goals per game.

• Journey Fischbeck is leading Butler with 29 points on the season, including 17 goals and a team-leading 12 assists. Haley Hallenbeck has registered 28 points with a team-leading 24 goals, while three others have also turned in double-digit points this season.

• Defensively, Hallenbeck has the most caused turnovers (15) and second-most ground balls (23) on the squad. In net, the Bulldogs have split time between Allie Storke and Haley Rayburn. Combined, they have made 129 saves with a .325 save percentage and a 17.87 GAA.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday’s match-up marks the first meeting all-time between both teams.

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. MU hosts its fifth annual PanCAN game on Saturday, April 22, against Butler at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette  Women’s Lacrosse has raised over 35,000 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.

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH - SHEARER BECOMES FIRST TO 100 GOALS
• It has been a banner year for senior attacker Julianna Shearer, who so far this season has become Marquette’s all-time leading goal scorer (March 25), eclipsed the 100-point plateau (March 19), broke her own program record for single-season goals (April 8) and most recently became the first MU player to score 100 goals in a season (April 12).

• Shearer potted five goals against UConn before adding three more against Georgetown to give her a BIG EAST-leading 47 goals on the year. She also ranks 16th in the nation.

•  The Westminster, Maryland, native has scored in all 15 games this season with a streak of 14 straight multi-goal performances entering Saturday’s game vs. Butler.

GABRIEL HAVING A SOPH-SATIONAL SEASON; SETS DRAWS RECORD
• Sophomore Grace Gabriel, who has set and reset her own single-game record for draw controls this season with 11, has now captured the single-season program record for draws with 72 and counting.

• Gabriel has three games this season of double-digit draws, including when she collected 10 draw controls against Georgetown last time out. She has an average of 4.80 draws per game, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST and 30th-nationally.

• Gabriel has been a scoring threat as well, tying Shearer’s single-game record with six goals (March 25). She ranks second on the team and seventh in the BIG EAST with 36 goals.

AN OFFENSIVE YEAR FOR THE RECORD BOOKS
• The Golden Eagles broke out offensively during the 2016 season, setting records across the board, but those marks were blown out of the water by what we’ve seen so far in 2017.

• Through 15 games, Marquette has set a new single-season record for goals scored with 186, surpassing the previous record set last year of 177. The scoring rate has risen by nearly two goals per game from 10.41 in 2016 to 12.40 in 2017 after a three-goal increase from 2015 to 2016. With still two games remaining, the offense has dished out four more assists as compared to last season, setting a new record with 80 helpers.

• Other notable season records include: Total points (266), shots attempted (437), free-position goals (33) and man-up goals (15).

• The increase in offense can be partly attributed to the nearly 20 percent increase in draw controls. After setting the single-season mark with 187 draws in 2016, Marquette has already secured 223 draws with two regular season games remaining in 2017.

SHE’S FRAN-TASTIC; MEYER TIES CAREER RECORD FOR CAUSED TURNOVERS
• Senior defender Fran Meyer has saved her best season for last. Last time out agaisnt Georgetown (April 15), Meyer tied Elizabeth Goslee (‘16) for the program record with 88 career caused turnovers. 

• Through 15 games, she has 28 caused turnovers on the season, which surpasses her previous career-high of 22 set last year, and ranks third in the BIG EAST and 31st-nationally with 1.87 CT per game. Against Northwestern back on March 11, the Oak Brook, Illinois, native registered a single-game program-record of six caused turnovers.

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT FIELD IS SET
• It was a disappointing end to the 2016 season when the Golden Eagles finished in a three-way tie for third place only to miss what would have been their first BIG EAST tournament appearance due to tie-breakers. The goal will now shift to 2018 as this year’s tournament field has been set with two regular season games remaining after Florida (7-0), Denver (6-1), Temple (6-1) and Georgetown (6-1) all secured berths last weekend. 

BOCHNIAK REACHES THE CENTURY MARK, EARNS BIG EAST AWARD
Amanda Bochniak hit the 100-career point mark with an assist against California on March 16. She became just the third member in program history to reach the milestone.

• As an encore performance in the BIG EAST opener against Cincinnati on March 19, she had a career game, totaling eight points on a career-high four goals and four assists. She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as a result. The senior currently has 129 career points on 57 goals and 68 assists, including 19 goals and 22 assists this season.

HOLDING DOWN THE OPPOSITION
• When Marquette holds opponents to fewer than 10 goals, it has an all-time record of 18-3. MU went 5-0 in such games last season and are 3-0 this year with victories at Central Michigan and Kennesaw State, and at home against Villanova. Saturday’s opponent, Butler, has reached double-digits just twice this season, including their lone win at Gardner-Webb.


 

 

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