Women's Lacrosse Announces 2015 Schedule
Dec. 10, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team released its 2015 regular season schedule on Wednesday afternoon, highlighted by a Feb. 8 season opener against Johns Hopkins in Houston, an early March trek through California and a seven-game BIG EAST Conference slate.
The Golden Eagles look to build upon the improvements made in their 2014 campaign in which they improved their win by three games and were able to secure their first-ever conference victory.
The 2015 schedule features 17 contests and is set to begin on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the University of Houston's Carl Lewis Field against Johns Hopkins. The game is the first NCAA Division I women's lacrosse game in Houston and is in support of UH's Women Empowered initiative featuring a post-game clinic for the first 80 girls in attendance.
"We are thrilled to help grow the game by playing an opening contest at the University of Houston against Johns Hopkins," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "This will be the first ever Division I women's lacrosse game in Houston and the sport is growing rapidly in Texas so hopefully this game can accelerate that growth."
This is the second consecutive season in which MU will begin its season against the Blue Jays, with MU dropping the 2014 season opener 16-2 in Baltimore.
Following the matchup with Hopkins, the Golden Eagles head to Boulder, Colorado on Feb. 14 to take on the Buffaloes in what will be the first meeting between the two schools. Colorado finished last season with an 11-8 overall record and competes in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Conference.
Marquette and seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern will again square off at the Lake Barrington Field House on National Marquette Day, Saturday, Feb. 21. The Wildcats claimed a 20-5 victory in last year's meeting on Feb. 25.
The Golden Eagles will take on Duquesne for the third time in as many seasons but the first meeting in Pittsburgh on Feb. 28. The previous two matches were won by the Dukes, 11-7 in 2013, and 14-10 in 2014.
On March 8, the Golden Eagles will begin a week-long California trip over Marquette's spring break by facing first-time opponent UC Davis, followed by matchups with familiar foes St. Mary's on March 10 and USC on March 15.
"The team is very excited to get another chance to travel out to California for a week to get a chance to compete with West Coast teams," Black said. "Teams from different regions and conferences all provide unique ways for our team to grow and get better. This trip will be an amazing opportunity for our team to prepare for tournament competition and grow in our third season."
After returning from California, Marquette will begin a stretch of four games in nine days when they welcome Michigan to Valley Fields on March 20. Following the matchup against the Wolverines, MU will welcome Detroit on March 22, and MU head coach Meredith Black's alma mater, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on March 25.
The home stand will conclude with Marquette's first conference game of the season, a March 28 tilt against Villanova, followed by their first BIG EAST road contest at Connecticut on April 4 in Storrs, Connecticut.
"We are very excited to enter into our third year as a program and second year in the BIG EAST," Black said. "With the addition of Florida and Vanderbilt to our conference, this season should bring us some new challenges that we are excited to face. The league is a very strong conference for women's lacrosse and we are looking forward to making our mark this season"
The Golden Eagles will matchup against new BIG EAST Conference member Florida on April 8 when they welcome the Gators to Valley Fields for a Wednesday showdown.
Following the Florida game, Marquette will hit the road for tilts against Temple on April 11 and against another new BIG EAST member, the Vanderbilt Commodores, on April 15.
Marquette will close out the home portion of its schedule by celebrating Senior Day on Saturday, April 18 at Hart Park against rival Georgetown. The contest against the Hoyas is MU's game in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and will be part of a doubleheader with the men's team, which will face No. 3 Duke.
The Golden Eagles will end the regular season on Saturday April 25, at Cincinnati.
Should Marquette qualify for one of the four spots in the BIG EAST Conference tournament, the Golden Eagles would head to Storrs, Connecticut on April 30 for the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.
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