Marquette to Face No. 18 Louisville in BIG EAST Finale
April 22, 2014
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team will conclude its first season of BIG EAST Conference action on Thursday, April 24 at 3 p.m. Central time against No. 18 Louisville at U of L Lacrosse Stadium.
The Golden Eagles (5-10, 1-5 BIG EAST) have lost their last five league contests after a 14-6 win over Cincinnati in their BIG EAST debut on March 28. Marquette dropped games to Temple, 11-7, on Thursday, April 17 and a close 10-9 decision to Villanova on Saturday afternoon at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, Wis.
Freshman attack Amanda Bochniak leads the Golden Eagles with 40 points on the season after a seven-point weekend against the Owls and Wildcats, which included a hat trick against Villanova on Saturday. Bochniak’s 40 points ties her with Claire Costanza’s total from last season as the highest single season point output in program history. Costanza currently sits one point behind Bochniak for the team lead with 39 points this year.
Louisville (12-3, 6-0 BIG EAST) enters its regular season finale against Marquette undefeated in conference action after a 18-6 win over Rutgers on Saturday to wrap up at least a share of the league’s regular season title. Senior attack Nikki Boltja leads the BIG EAST with 59 goals and 77 points and fires a league-high 7.40 shots per game.
The Cardinals are outscoring their opponents by almost seven goals per game this season and have tallied a conference-best 226 goals through 15 games. They sit sixth in the nation with 15.07 goals per game and first in the country with 16.73 draw controls per contest.
Marquette and U of L also met last season in Louisville with the Cardinals coming out victorious 21-2 on April 7. Louisville led 14-0 at halftime of that contest and outshot MU 37-4 on the afternoon.
Following Thursday’s tilt in Louisville, the Golden Eagles close out the regular season on Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m. against USC on Senior Day at Valley Fields. The Trojans are slated to play on Saturday evening against Northwestern at Wrigley Field before making the trek to Milwaukee.