Marquette Concludes 2014 at Home against USC
April 25, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team will conclude its second season on Sunday at 1 p.m. against the University of Southern California at Valley Fields.
The game will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring graduating seniors Meredith Donaldson and Jennifer Zandlo and an MU sunglasses and Croakies giveaway for the first 400 students. All students will also have a chance to win a $100 MU Spirit Shop gift card.
The Golden Eagles (5-11, 1-6 BIG EAST) are coming off a 12-5 defeat at No. 18 Louisville on Thursday afternoon in which they were out-shot 37-8. Marquette responded from an 8-0 deficit late early in the first half and cut the Cardinals' lead in half, 8-4, while holding U of L off the score sheet for roughly 25 minutes of game play.
Louisville scored its first goal of the second half with 12:10 left in regulation as sophomore goalie Sarah Priem entered at the break and played flawlessly in net for the first portion on the final frame. Priem tallied 10 saves in just 30 minutes of action on the day.
Sophomore attack Claire Costanza led MU with a team-high three points and currently leads the Golden Eagles with 42 points on the year.
The Trojans (8-7, 6-3 MPSL) will make the trek to Milwaukee following a Saturday evening contest against No. 5 Northwestern at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field. That game will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 7 p.m. and is scheduled for a mere 18 hours prior to USC's season finale at Marquette.
Sophomore attack Caroline de Lyra leads the Trojans with 39 points on the season, coming off 23 goals and 16 assists. Classmate Liz Shaeffer has been the goalie of record in all 15 games this season and is the reigning MPSF Defensive Player of the Week for the Trojans' 11-10 upset victory over then-No. 13 Stanford on Sunday, April 20.
Marquette faced USC on March 16, 2013 at McAlister Field in Los Angeles and fell 12-9 in a meeting of the two then-first-year programs. The Trojans' were led by three goals and six assists from de Lyra in that contest.
MU's Donaldson and Zandlo, each of whom the Golden Eagles will honor on Sunday transferred into the program during the 2011-12 academic year from other NCAA Division I programs. Donaldson came from Quinnipiac, while Zandlo came from Niagara. Each has a season of eligibility remaining but will graduate in 2013.
Redshirt senior Katie Bathon, who was recognized last year on Senior Day before electing to return, will also be playing her final collegiate game.