Noteworthy: Marquette Athletics' July 27 Notebook
July 27, 2017
Freshmen volunteer at the Miracle League
Twenty-two new Marquette freshmen student-athletes partnered with a special-needs buddy for a baseball game Tuesday evening as Miracle League volunteers at Werner Family Foundation Park at the Milwaukee Northwest YMCA.
The Miracle League allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Special-needs kids dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues.
The Miracle League of Milwaukee partnered together with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee to build the complex and offer the program to youth throughout greater Milwaukee. In 2011, the Miracle League Field opened at the Northwest YMCA on Milwaukee’s northwest side. The field, through a custom-designed, rubberized turf, accommodates wheelchairs and other assistive devices and creates a baseball environment that is open to all.
Student-athletes enrolled in summer school from the men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, men’s lacrosse and men’s soccer programs all participated on Tuesday evening.
Roeders to kick off U.S. Timbersports Collegiate Championship Sunday
Native German Markus Roeders will make an appearance at Milwaukee’s German Fest on Sunday afternoon to make the first cut to open the STIHL Timbersports 2017 U.S. Collegiate Championship at 1:55 p.m. The native of Idstedt, Germany is entering his 22nd year as head coach of the Marquette University women’s soccer program, which he has led to 13 NCAA tournament appearances and 10 regular season conference titles. The six-time conference coach of the year has led the Golden Eagles to an overall record of 302-119-46 in his career and will welcome his 2017 squad back to Milwaukee on Aug. 1 for the beginning of fall training.
Golden Eagles end TBT run in quarters
The Basketball Tournament run for the squad of Marquette alumni ended Sunday afternoon in the Midwest Regional final to Scarlet & Gray, 81-56, in Brooklyn, New York. Darius Johnson-Odom (’12) led the Golden Eagles with 15 points, but the team shot just 31.7 percent from the floor and 16 percent from deep in the loss. Davante Gardner (’14) led the team with 20 points in its 84-77 win over Purple and Black on Saturday afternoon in the Super 16.
Diener returning to pro ranks
Travis Diener, who has served as the Marquette University men’s basketball team’s director of player personnel for the past three seasons, is departing the program and will return to Italy to resume his professional basketball career in mid-August.
Diener has signed with Vanoli Cremona in Italy’s top division and will play with his cousin, Drake Diener. The team is coached by Meo Sacchetti, who was Diener’s coach at his most recent team (Banco di Sardegna Sassari).
DeMichiei continues to earn academic honors
Recent Marquette University graduate Andy DeMichiei is the 2016-17 men’s lacrosse recipient of the BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Awards recognize academic and athletic achievement as well as community service. Eligible student-athletes must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least junior academic standing. DeMichiei marks the third-straight Marquette lacrosse player to win the award after B.J. Grill won it in 2016 and Jordan Greenfield claimed the honor in 2015.
Marquette Golfers Shine in July WSGA Events
Marquette’s Hunter Eichhorn and Matthew Bachmann each posted 3-over-par scores of 283 to finish tied for 10th at the 72-hole 116th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship last week (July 17-20) at Oconomowoc Golf Club.
After shooting 4-over-par in his first two rounds on the par-70 course, Eichhorn closed strong and was one of seven players in the red in the final round, shooting a 1-under-par 69. Eichhorn, a native of Carney, Michigan, will be a player to watch for the Golden Eagles in 2017-18 after becoming the first player in Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) history to win four state individual championships after taking the UP Division 3 Finals crown last month.
MHSAA blog Second Half chronicled Eichhorn’s decorated and unique prep sports career: Click Here
Eichhorn and Maleki also participated in US Amateur Open Qualifying at Watertown C.C. on Monday (July 24) - Maleki, who was in the US Amateur field last year, is an alternate after finishing with a 3-under-par 36-hole score and one shot off the qualifying pace. Eichhorn was three shots behind, with a 1-under-par score.
Soccodato ends run with Team Italy at FIL World Cup
Rising junior Cate Soccodato just wrapped up her World Cup run with Team Italy at the 2017 FIL World Cup, where the Italians finished 11th (out of 24). Soccodato totaled 17 points on 12 goals and five assists as the third-leading scorer on the team that went 5-3 overall. The United States topped Canada 10-5 in the tournament final on Saturday to take the gold medal.
Women’s basketball reveals strong non-conference schedule
The reigning BIG EAST Conference champion women’s basketball team unveiled its 2017-18 non-conference slate earlier this week, which includes matchups with national powers Tennessee and Notre Dame as well as key meetings at New Mexico, Green Bay and Michigan as well as a home game against Wisconsin.
Click here for the full non-conference schedule.
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