Women's Lacrosse Announces 2016 Schedule
Oct. 21, 2015
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"As always, we have a really tough schedule this year," fifth-year head coach Meredith Black said. "That's how I prefer it, though, because it prepares us for the future of this program as well as our rigorous BIG EAST Conference schedule."
The Golden Eagles, who finished 5-12 for the second consecutive season in 2015, will play five teams that finished the year ranked in the top-18 in both the Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA polls. One of which will be the season-opening opponent in Louisville, which finished last year ranked No. 18 in both polls.
"I think Louisville is a going to be a tough game for us and it's also our first game," Black said in response to what would be the team's biggest challenge. "Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, and of course, every BIG EAST game on our schedule will also be very challenging."
Perennial powers Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame are featured in the top-20 rankings yearly. The Golden Eagles will look to avenge an 8-7 overtime loss to JHU in last year's season opener with a meeting in Baltimore Feb. 13, while Notre Dame returns to Valley Fields for the second year in a row on March 28.
Black was a four-year standout for the Irish as a player, becoming the school's first-ever All-American while setting numerous scoring marks and leading the program to two NCAA Championship game appearances.
Following a meeting against Michigan in Ann Arbor on Feb. 21, the Golden Eagles face another former team of Black's as the University of California visits Milwaukee for the home opener at Valley Fields on Feb. 26. Black served as an assistant coach for the Golden Bears for one season before arriving at Marquette.
Colorado will make their way to Milwaukee Feb. 28, before MU heads to Detroit Mercy (March 6) and Northwestern (March 8) for a pair of road contests.
Marquette will host first-year program Central Michigan on March 19 prior to a trip to Denver to take on the Pioneers March 26. It marks the second-straight year the Golden Eagles head to the Rocky Mountain State after taking on Colorado a season ago in Boulder.
After closing out the non-conference schedule against Notre Dame, Marquette will hit the road for its BIG EAST Conference opener against Villanova (April 2) prior to playing host to UConn (April 9) for its league home lid-lifter.
Following an April 13 trip to reigning BIG EAST Champion Florida, the Golden Eagles will return home to play three of their final four regular season games against Temple (April 16), Vanderbilt (April 20) and their annual PanCan Awareness and senior day game against Cincinnati (April 29).
The BIG EAST tournament, which Marquette is hoping to qualify for the first time, is scheduled for May 5-7 in Washington, D.C.
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