April 28, 2017
MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles have a chance to wrap up the 2017 season with a pair of victories as they take on BIG EAST-foe Vanderbilt in Nashville on Sunday.
Marquette will carry its momentum from a dominating 19-2 victory over Butler on Senior Day last Saturday into Music City with a chance to top Vanderbilt for the second year in a row and finish the season on a high note.
Sunday’s contest against the Commodores will feature live stats via GameTracker and a free live video stream via Facebook Live courtesy of VUCommodores.com. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time.
The Golden Eagles made history last Saturday when they sent the seniors out in style thanks to a 19-2 victory over visiting Butler. It was the most lopsided victory in program history and marked the fewest goals allowed all-time. Eleven players found the back of the net for MU, led by Julianna Shearer’s five tallies to give her a BIG EAST-leading 52 goals on the season.
Defensively, MU held the Bulldogs scoreless for the entire second half and 35:15 overall.
Vanderbilt enters Sunday’s finale with a 6-8 overall mark and matches Marquette with a 3-5 record in league action. The Commodores started BIG EAST play with two wins in their first three match-ups, but then dropped the next four contests, including each of the last two by a single goal (Temple, Cincinnati).
The ‘Dores are led by Jill Doherty’s 49 points on 27 goals and 22 assists. She is one of five players with 25 or more points. Julie Blaze leads the team with 31 goals on the year, while Kayla Peterson has chipped in 29.
This marks the third meeting all-time between the Golden Eagles and ‘Dores with the previous two meetings coming in each of the last two seasons since Vanderbilt has joined the BIG EAST. The teams have split the previous two match-ups with each winning on their home field. Vanderbilt took the first meeting in 2015, 11-9, before Marquette responded last year with a 11-7 triumph in Milwaukee.
This year’s BIG EAST tournament will not feature MU or Vanderbilt, but rather Florida, Georgetown, Denver and Temple. It is set for May 4-6, and will be hosted by Villanova.
LAST TIME OUT
• The Golden Eagles thumped a visiting Butler squad, which is wrapping up its first season in program history, by a score of 19-2 on Senior Day last Saturday. Eleven scored for MU led by Julianna Shearer’s five goals to give her a BIG EAST-leading 52 goals on the season. Amanda Bochniak chipped in a game-high seven points, including two goals and five assists, while Claire Costanza added a goal and three assists.
The Last Meeting
April 20, 2016
Marquette Upends Vanderbilt, 11-7, at Home
The Marquette University women's lacrosse team showed resolve for the second straight game as it erased another second-half deficit en route to an 11-7 win over Vanderbilt at Valley Fields on Wednesday. The win was MU's sixth of the season, setting a new program record.
• Scoring their first career goal were freshman Bridget Danko and senior Megan Bianco. Saving her best game for her final game at MU, Bianco, a traditional defender, stuffed the stat sheet with four ground balls, two caused turnovers and her first career goal.
• Marquette scored the game’s first 13 goals en route to a 15-2 halftime lead. For the first time in program history, the Golden Eagles held an opponent scoreless in one half. The Bulldogs were held scoreless for the final 35:15 of the contest.
• The Commodores are reeling after four straight losses and come into their season and home finale with a 6-8 record and a 3-5 mark in BIG EAST play. Vanderbilt won two of its first three league match-ups, taking down Butler and UConn in convincing fashion, but that was followed by setbacks to Georgetown, Denver, Temple and Cincinnati. Despite the difficult stretch, VU leads the league in fewest turnovers, ranking seventh in the nation with just 14.5 miscues per game. The ‘Dores also rank third in the BIG EAST and 29th nationally in draw controls per game (13.86), sitting right behind Marquette at 14.85.
• Offensively, VU is led by Jill Doherty’s 49 points on 27 goals and 22 assists. Julie Blaze leads the team with 31 goals scored, while Kayla Peterson is close behind at 29 goals. In net, Callahan Kent has garnered nine of the team’s 16 decisions, sporting a 4-5 record with a sturdy .457 save percentage and 9.61 goals against average.
• Sunday’s match-up will mark the third meeting all-time between both teams with each side winning on their home turf. In 2015, the ‘Dores won the first-ever meeting, 11-9, in Nashville. VU raced out to an 8-2 lead at halftime before MU made a furious comeback, outscoring the hosts 7-3 in the second half.
• Last season, the ‘Dores made their first trip to Milwaukee and left with a 11-7 loss. Midway through the second half, VU gained a 7-6 advantage after scoring three straight goals, but the Golden Eagles answered back with five in a row over the final 8:25 to capture the comeback win. Allison Lane, Grace Gabriel and Julianna Shearer each netted hat tricks for MU.
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 career goals (April 12). Well, we can add another milestone to the list as she scored her 50th goal of the season in a 19-2 win over Butler on Senior Day (April 22).
• Shearer potted five more goals against Butler to give her a BIG EAST-leading 52 goals on the year. She also ranks 17th in the nation.
• The Westminster, Maryland, native has scored in all 16 games this season with a streak of 15 consecutive multi-goal performances entering the season finale against Vanderbilt.
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 76 and counting.
• Gabriel has three games this season of double-digit draws and has an average of 4.75 draws per game, which ranks third in the BIG EAST and 32nd-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 ninth in the BIG EAST with 38 goals.
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 five years. MU hosted its fifth annual PanCAN game on Saturday, April 22, against Butler at Valley Fields, raising another $5,000 in the process. Since 2013, Marquette Women’s Lacrosse has raised north of $40,000 toward research and finding a cure for pancreatic cancer. There is still an opportunity to donate toward the cause. Please click the following link and help us combat this terrible disease: http://go.mu.edu/MUWLAXPanCan.
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 are being blown out of the water in 2017.
• Through 16 games, Marquette has set a new single-season record for goals scored with 205, surpassing the previous record set last year of 177. The scoring rate has risen by more than two goals per game from 10.41 in 2016 to 12.81 in 2017 after a three-goal increase from 2015 to 2016. With still two games remaining, the offense has dished out 15 more assists as compared to last season, setting a new record with 80 helpers.
• Other notable season records include: Total points (296), shots attempted (473), free-position goals (35) 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 SETS CAUSED TURNOVERS RECORD
• Senior defender Fran Meyer has saved her best season for last. Last time out, Meyer recorded two caused turnovers to break a tie with Elizabeth Goslee (‘16) for the program record, which she now owns with 90 career caused turnovers.
• Through 16 games, Meyer has 30 caused turnovers on the season, which ties Goslee’s single-season program record, and ranks third in the BIG EAST and 32nd-nationally with 1.88 CT per game. Against Northwestern on March 11, the Oak Brook, Illinois, native set the single-game program-record with 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 (8-0), Georgetown (7-1), Denver (6-2) and Temple (6-2) secured berths. BIG EAST semifinals take place on May 4.
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 132 career points on 59 goals and 73 assists, including 21 goals and 27 assists this season.
HOLDING DOWN THE OPPOSITION
• When Marquette holds opponents to fewer than 10 goals, it has an all-time record of 19-3. MU went 5-0 in such games last season and are 4-0 this year with victories at Central Michigan, Kennesaw State, Villanova and Butler.
SOCCODATO TO REPRESENT ITALY IN 2017 FIL WORLD CUP
• Sophomore Cate Soccodato, who competed for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in the Czech Republic prior to her freshman season at Marquette, battled it out with 40 other hopefuls during winter break before learning she had made the final roster of 18 players set to compete in the 2017 FIL Women’s Lacrosse World Cup.
• The Huntington, N.Y., native is eligible to compete for the Italians through her family’s lineage and is one of six Italian-Americans set to compete. Also on the squad will be her younger sister, Emma, who takes Cate’s place as the youngest member of the squad.
SLEW OF RANKED OPPONENTS MAKE FOR DAUNTING NON-CON SCHEDULE
• Marquette welcomed another daunting non-conference schedule in 2017. After kicking off the campaign with three-straight Top-20 opponents in No. 18 Louisville (L, 13-12), No. 8 Notre Dame (L, 21-9) and No. 17 Johns Hopkins (L, 12-10), the Golden Eagles faced two more in No. 13 Colorado (L, 20-6) and No. 14 Northwestern (L, 18-10).
• The addition of Denver has made the BIG EAST Conference more challenging as well as Marquette finished the year with a total of seven ranked opponents, falling to No. 3 Florida (April 5) and the 13th-ranked Pioneers (April 8) earlier this season as well.
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