April 28, 2016
MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles will host Cincinnati in their long-awaited regular season finale that will recognize the program’s 13 seniors as well as their annual PanCAN game that raises awareness for pancreatic cancer. Friday’s match-up has playoff implications, but not as definitive as many have been led to believe.
First draw is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start at Valley Fields and will be featured on the BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX SportsGo with Patrick Reed and Matt Menzl on the call. With a win, the Golden Eagles climb as high as the No. 3 seed in the BIG EAST Conference tournament or be left out completely based on tie-breaking rules should Temple win by a convincing margin.
MU went 1-1 last week, defeating Vanderbilt by an 11-7 score at home on April 20, before coming up on the short end in a back-and-forth 13-12 loss at Georgetown on Saturday.
Riley Hill set a league-high for assists in a single game when she dished out five helpers against Georgetown, while adding two goals for an MU season-best seven points. The Golden Eagles rank atop the league in ground balls (20.5/game), is second in caused turnovers (11.12) and third in draws (11.19).
Cincinnati is trying to avoid going winless in BIG EAST play for the third straight season. The Bearcats started the year 4-2 and had won three straight contests before enduring what is currently a 10-game losing streak.
UC has been led offensively by Megan Bell, who has 41 points on 27 goals and 14 assists this season. Courtney Cutis (22g, 7a) and Amanda Donovan (11g, 7a) have also been big contributors. Meg Gulmi has been the goalie of record in each of UC’s 16 games this season, sporting a 10.14 GAA and .459 save percentage.
This marks the fourth-ever meeting between both squads, having met once in each season of Marquette’s existence. The Golden Eagles have claimed two straight wins, including last season’s 8-7 thriller in the Queen City and the only other meeting played at Valley Fields back in 2014, a 14-6 triumph.
Following Friday’s action, MU will have to wait and see the outcome of Saturday’s meeting between Temple-Georgetown to find out if it will earn its first BIG EAST Championship appearance in school history.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles went 1-1 a week ago, defeating Vanderbilt, 11-7, at home on Wednesday before falling to Georgetown, 13-12, in the regular season road finale on Saturday - a great back-and-forth battle in the nation’s capital.
The Last Meeting
April 25, 2015
Baas' Late Goal Lifts Marquette Past Cincy, 8-7
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team put forth another strong second half performance and rallied past host University of Cincinnati to cap off the 2015 campaign with an 8-7 victory thanks to Hayley Baas' game-winning goal with 14.2 seconds remaining at Sheakley Athletic Complex, Saturday afternoon, April 25.
• In the win over Vandy, three Golden Eagles recorded hat tricks, including Julianna Shearer, Allison Lane and Grace Gabriel while Amanda Bochniak totaled four points with a goal and three assists. MU scored the last five goals to overcome a 7-6 deficit en route to its third BIG EAST win of the season.
• The Georgetown loss featured six lead changes and ended with the Hoyas scoring the final two goals over the last 10:35 to earn the win. Cate Soccodato turned in a season-high four goals, while Lane and Shearer added two apiece. Riley Hill dished out a league-high five assists to go along with two goals in a career-high seven-point effort. Those efforts landed her on the BIG EAST honor roll this week.
• The Bearcats started the season out hot, winning four of their first six games, but then subsequently went on what has become a 10-game losing streak entering Friday’s game against Marquette. Cincinnati is trying to avoid going winless in league play for the third straight year, while looking to snap a BIG EAST losing streak of 20 games.
• UC is coming off a loss at Temple last time out, scoring three of the first four goals to start the second half to cut the deficit to 6-4 before ultimately falling by a final score of 10-4. UC was outshot 25-8 and out-drawn 12-4. Four players registered goals, including Megan Bell.
• Bell leads the Bearcats with 41 points (27g, 14a) this season, which ranks eighth in the BIG EAST. Courtney Curtis has added 29 points on 22 goals and seven assists, while Amanda Donovan has 18 points on 11 goals and seven assists. In net, Meg Gulmi is 4-12 on the year with a 10.14 goals against average and solid .459 save percentage.
• Friday’s match-up will mark the fourth all-time between the Golden Eagles and Bearcats. Marquette is 2-1 in the series with both wins coming in succession. MU took last year’s 8-7 thriller in Cincy following a 14-6 triumph in the only other meeting all-time at Valley Fields in 2014. UC claimed a 14-5 win in Marquette’s first-ever season in 2013.
• In last year’s 8-7 win, Cincinnati native Hayley Baas scored with 14 seconds remaining to give the Golden Eagles the narrow win. It was her only goal of the game and came after the Bearcats had come from behind to score three of the previous four goals to tie the game.
MARQUETTE TO BE FEATURED ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK IN 2016
• The BIG EAST Digital Network via FOX SportsGo 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 Night and PanCAN awareness game against Cincinnati on Friday, will be featured.
• The Golden Eagles and Bearcats will be one of three BIG EAST women’s lacrosse games featured on the network, which is three more than a season ago.
• The other two scheduled contests on BEDN were 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 Friday, 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.
COMPLICATED ROUTE TO FIRST BIG EAST CHAMPIONSHIP BID
• For the first time, Marquette goes into the regular season finale with an opportunity to qualify for the BIG EAST Championship. The Golden Eagles are currently tied with Temple for fourth place in the league standings with a 3-3 record and, of course, only four teams are eligible to qualify for the year-end tournament.
• MU holds the tie-breaker over Temple, but the Owls play third-place Georgetown (4-2) in the regular season finale on Saturday. Should Temple and Marquette both win, that would force a three-way tie with Georgetown with only two spots remaining.
• According to league tie-breaking rules, that would force a three-team mini conference in which all three teams would have the same record. The second tie-breaker is based on goal differential between the three teams. Currently, Georgetown (+1) and Marquette (+1) would each have the edge, followed by Temple (-2).
• If Temple beats Georgetown by one, two or three goals, Marquette would earn the No. 3 seed and Temple the No. 4. However, if Temple wins by four goals or more, it would win the three-team goal differential tie-break and Georgetown would earn the No. 4 seed by virtue of its head-to-head win over Marquette last Saturday.
WHERE THEY RANK
• Marquette is featured in the national rankings in two key categories, coming in ninth in ground balls (20.50/game) and 10th in caused turnovers (11.13/game).
• In the BIG EAST rankings, the Golden Eagles rank first and second in ground balls and caused turnovers, respectively, while ranking third in draw controls (11.19/game). Other notable categories include fourth in scoring (10.56 goals/game), fourth in points (15.13/game), and fourth in the league standings.
• Individually, Riley Hill sits atop the BIG EAST rankings in assists, averaging 1.62 assists per game. Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane are tied for third with 44 draw controls each. In league play alone, Lane leads the BIG EAST with 3.83 draw controls per game and is fourth with 2.33 goals per league game. Meanwhile, Sarah Priem leads the league with 3.17 ground balls per game in conference play.
Riley Hill SETS SEASON-HIGH ASSISTS MARK
• Sophomore Riley Hill, whose 21 assists rank second on the team behind Amanda Bochniak’s 23, set a single-season high mark in the BIG EAST with her five-assist game against Georgetown on Saturday. In league play, she leads the BIG EAST with 10 helpers in six games. Hill was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll (April 26) on Tuesday.
BAAS HITS THE CENTURY MARK
• Senior Hayley Baas, who holds the Marquette record for career goals with 87, scored a hat trick against UConn to become just the second Golden Eagle to hit 100 career points. She is second to 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 26 points on 21 goals and five assists on the year. She set the then-single-season record for goals as a sophomore in 2014 with 28.
A-TRAIN Allison Lane ENJOYING BREAKOUT SEASON
• Sophomore Allison Lane has enjoyed a breakout season for the Golden Eagles in 2016, earning BIG EAST weekly recognition four times, including twice being named as BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week (March 22, April 5).
• So far in 2016, the Asbury, N.J. native has scored at least a goal in every game this season and pushing her streak to 19 consecutive games dating back to 2015. She has nine multi-goal efforts to her credit as well. Not just a scorer, Lane has filled the stat sheet this season and is leads the team with 70 shots, while adding 25 ground balls and 12 CT.
• Perhaps most importantly, Lane has helped solidify play for MU in the draw circle. An area of weakness leading up to this season, she is tied for first on the team with 44 draw controls. Marquette ranks first in BIG EAST play this season with 11.67 draw controls per game after finishing 2015 in last with just 8.65 draw controls per contest.
HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING
• Marquette is averaging 20.5 ground balls per contest, which ranks first in the BIG EAST and ninth in the nation behind Presbyterian (24.88 gb/game). MU’s average is up nearly six 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.
ONE OF MARQUETTE’S CROWNED “JULES”
• Junior Julianna Shearer has been one of Marquette’s most consistent scorers this season and with five goals in a couple games last week, extends her single season school record to 34 goals on the year. She currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the BIG EAST in 2016, scoring in all but two games this year and totaling 12 multi-goal games through the team’s first 16 games.
• The Westminster, Maryland native tied a career- and program-record with five goals in a 17-4 win over Central Michigan. She’s tied for the team-lead with 44 draw controls this year, which ranks third 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 66 points for her career with 58 goals and eight assists in 40 career games.
OFFENSE CONTINUES TO PRODUCE
• The Golden Eagles broke out offensively in a big way during a 15-4 win over Cal and followed that up with another record-setting performance in a 17-4 win over Central Michigan. MU is now averaging over 10.56 goals per game this season, which ranks fourth in the BIG EAST and is more than three goals per game more than the 7.53 they averaged a year ago.
• In the win over Villanova, MU set numerous program records for BIG EAST play with most goals (15), fewest goals allowed (6), largest margin of victory (+9) and most first half goals (9). They also recorded a program-record with 31 shots on goal.
• Marquette set all-time program records in the win over CMU for most goals scored (17), tied for fewest goals allowed (4), largest margin of victory (+13), most goals in a single half (12) and tied for the most players to record a goal in a single game (8).
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 seven games this season with six 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 11.13 caused turnovers per game through the team’s first 16 games.