Women's Lax Releases Fall Competition Dates
Sept. 23, 2016
2017 Fall Schedule
The Golden Eagles, coming off their best season in program history in which they won seven games and tied for third place in the BIG EAST Conference, will face a stiff set of opponents in their non-traditional fall season. Highlighting the list of opponents is four NCAA qualifiers from 2016, including Louisville, Northwestern, James Madison and Stony Brook.
Louisville and Northwestern were both fixtures for Marquette during the regular season in the spring and will present a welcomed challenge this fall as well.
“As always, we like to challenge ourselves with great competition during the fall because it only prepares us for the challenges we will face during the regular season,” Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. “I’m excited about our team this year and looking forward to seeing how they perform.”
MU will kick off the fall scheduled on Saturday, Oct. 1 when it heads to Louisville to take on James Madison (11:05 a.m.), host Louisville (2:20 p.m.) and Vanderbilt (3:25 p.m.). The very next day, the Golden Eagles will stop in Indianapolis on the way home to take on Ohio State at 1 p.m.
Following their opening weekend of games, Marquette returns home to host its Inaugural Alumni Game at Valley Fields on Saturday, Oct. 8.
“We’ve been looking forward to this for a long time,” Black said. “As our program continues to grow we see more players graduate and move on. Many of them started with our program just five short years ago, so having them come back and seeing them again is a really exciting time for everyone.”
Marquette will fly out East to take on five opponents in Long Island, N.Y., facing the likes of Fairfield (2 p.m.), Stony Brook (4:15 p.m.), NYAC (5:45 p.m.) and USC (7:15 p.m.) on Saturday, Oct. 15, followed by a single game against Oregon the next day.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to play in Long Island this fall,” Black said. “Not only because we will face some really good competition out there, but we also because we have quite of few players from the East Coast and this will give them a chance to see their families and their families an extra opportunity to watch us play.”
MU will wrap up the fall competition slate Sunday, Oct. 23, when they make the short drive to Northwestern to take on Colorado and the host Wildcats.
The non-traditional fall season will help the Golden Eagles prepare for their fifth season of NCAA competition in 2017 and fourth as a member of the BIG EAST Conference.
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