MU heads to Washington, D.C. for BIG EAST Tournament

Nov. 2, 2016

2016 BIG EAST Semifinal - Match 20
Marquette (11-6-2) vs. St. John's (11-3-5)
Date Friday, Nov. 4 | 10: 30 a.m. CT
Location Shaw Field | Washington, D.C.
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MILWAUKEE - After earning a share of its 10th regular season conference title, the Marquette University women's soccer team will face St. John's in the BIG EAST Conference Women's Soccer Championship semifinals on Friday, Nov. 4 at Shaw Field on the campus of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

The match is slated for 10:30 a.m. Central time on the BIG EAST Digital Network with Tom Kolker (play-by-play) and Monika Moore (analyst) on the call, joined by sideline reporter John Fanta.

The Golden Eagles (11-6-2, 7-2-0 BIG EAST) earned the tournament's No. 1 seed after their overtime victory against DePaul on Friday evening at Valley Fields. MU's win gave it a share of its sixth regular season crown since joining the BIG EAST in 2005 and pushed MU through to the tournament semifinals for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons.

St. John's (11-3-5, 5-2-2 BIG EAST) is the No. 4 seed and defeated fifth-seeded Providence, 1-0, on Tuesday in the quarterfinals to earn the right to face Marquette.

Marquette enters the meeting 11-1-1 all-time against the Red Storm and earned a 2-0 victory in the last matchup on Oct. 1 at Valley Fields. BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Morgan Proffitt scored the go-ahead tally in the 22nd minute before junior Caroline Fink posted her only score of the year just after halftime. Marquette goalkeeper Maddy Henry notched her first career clean sheet, and first of three consecutively, in the win with six saves.

All 13 meetings with the Red Storm have come since MU joined the BIG EAST prior to the 2005 campaign.

Second-seeded DePaul will face third-seeded and No. 10 Georgetown in Friday's second semifinal contest at 1 p.m. CT.

Should the Golden Eagles advance, they would reach the BIG EAST Championship title match for the fourth time in program history. They have claimed victories in each of their last two title contest appearances in 2012 and 2013, but fell in their first BIG EAST Championship final to then-No. 4 Notre Dame, 2-1, in 2009.

KEY MARQUETTE STORYLINES:

• The Marquette coaching staff was honored as the BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year, marking the fourth such honor from the BIG EAST for Markus Roeders and MU. Roeders also earned the honor twice in Conference USA.

• Four MU players were honored with BIG EAST postseason honors, including BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Morgan Proffitt. Proffitt earned a spot on the all-league first team, while Liz Bartels was on the second team and Maddy Henry and Emily Hess earned all-freshman team honors.

• Marquette's 11 victories surpass last season's win total of eight and give MU double-digit triumphs for the 20th time in program history. It is MU's highest win total since it went 18-4-0 in 2013.

• The Golden Eagles earned a share of their sixth BIG EAST regular season championship and their 10th conference title overall (including Conference USA).

• Marquette has reached the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament all 12 years it has been a conference member and earned a spot in the semifinals for the ninth time in 12 years.

• Freshman Maddy Henry has started every game in net for MU and recorded the first three shutouts of her career in consecutive wins over St. John's, Xavier and Providence. She added a fourth on Oct. 20 at Villanova and is a two-time BIG EAST Freshman of the Week.

Molly Pfeiffer and Carrie Madden each have career bests in goals (4), assists (5) and points (13) and are leading MU in scoring for the first time in her careers. Proffitt also has 13 points with five goals and three assists.

• MU's Markus Roeders captured his 300th career head coaching victory on Oct. 23 against Butler. He is fourth all-time at Marquette in terms of overall victories behind former women's coaches Tat Shiely (basketball/volleyball) and Terri Mitchell (basketball) as well as current coach Jody Bronson (tennis).

• Marquette's non-conference schedule included six RPI top-50 teams. MU sits 26th in RPI as of Oct. 31.

• Golden Eagles are looking to make a return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2013, which is also the year of their last BIG EAST title. MU has made the NCAA tournament 12 times in its history.

SCOUTING THE RED STORM:

• St. John's (11-3-5, 5-2-2 BIG EAST) earned a spot in the BIG EAST semifinals with a 1-0 win over Providence on Tuesday evening at Belson Stadium in Queens. Morgan Tinari scored her second goal of the season in the 84th minute off an initial shot from Christina Bellero to push the Red Storm past PC for the second match in a row. St. John's also defeated Providence 2-1 on Friday to earn Tuesday's home quarterfinal match. Miranda Haraughty scored her first goal of the season to put SJU up 1-0 and Bellero added the match winner in the 72nd minute. BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Year Diana Poulin, who tied a program record with her 32nd career shutout on Tuesday, leads the Red Storm into the conference semifinals for the fourth year in a row. Sophomore defender Anna Maria Baldursdottir joined Poulin on the All-BIG EAST First Team, while junior midfielder Allie Moar was on the second team. Shea Connors leads SJU with 11 points on three goals and five assists, while Samie Scaffidi has a team-high four goals in 2016.

MU CAPTURES SIXTH BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE WITH WIN OVER DEPAUL

Eli Beard scored her first goal of 2016 just 57 seconds into overtime against DePaul on Oct. 28 to lift Marquette to the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST tournament and a share of their sixth regular season title with a 3-2 win over the Blue Demons. Senior midfielder Morgan Proffitt scored a pair of goals to help MU rebound from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits for the win. The regular season title is MU's 10th all-time, counting MU's decade-long stay in Conference USA.

PROFFITT RECOGNIZED AMONG NATION'S ELITE

• Senior Morgan Proffitt has continued to rake in accolades following an All-BIG EAST First Team campaign as a junior, placing her among the top players in NCAA Division I. The Columbus, Indiana native began the summer with an invitation to U.S. Women's National Team Under-23 training camp in Charlottesville, Virginia and ended up making the 20-person squad for a tournament featuring Nordic countries in England during June. After a gold medal performance with the U.S. U-23 WNT, Proffitt was named to the watch list for the MAC Hermann Trophy, a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award and selected as the BIG EAST Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. Proffitt, the third MU player to ever be named to the MAC Hermann Watch List, has started 80-of-82 matches in her career and has recorded 10 goals, including four game winners.

• She was named a 2016 All-BIG EAST First Team selection and the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year while leading Marquette to the league's regular season crown. Proffitt has recorded a team-high five goals as a senior and tied a career best with two in the regular season finale against DePaul.

GOLDEN EAGLES AMONG MOST SUCCESSFUL CURRENT BIG EAST TEAMS SINCE 2005

• Since entering the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, Marquette has proven to be among the conference's elite women's soccer programs. The Golden Eagles have accumulated an overall record of 170-64-31 since that time and a mark of 92-22-10 in league action, which includes six regular season conference titles and a pair of tournament championships in 2012 and 2013. MU, which has missed the NCAA tournament just three times since its addition to the league, went a remarkable 39-1-1 in BIG EAST play in the four seasons from 2010-13.

NCAA RPI RANKINGS RECOGNIZE MU'S STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE

• The NCAA's seventh RPI rankings of 2016 were released on Oct. 31 and showed the Golden Eagles second among all BIG EAST members with an RPI of 26. Georgetown paces its league counterparts in 10th place nationally, while Providence (No. 54), DePaul (No. 60), and St. John's (No. 73) also join MU in the top 100. Despite a .500 record (4-4-2) through non-conference action, Marquette's RPI ranking is boosted by pre-conference matchups with No. 1 Stanford, No. 17 Nebraska, No. 20 Kansas, No. 24 Northwestern, No. 34 Santa Clara and No. 44 Michigan.

WINS AT PROVIDENCE AND VILLANOVA KEEP STREAKS ALIVE

• The Golden Eagles earned their fourth-straight win and third shutout in a row with a 2-0 victory at Providence on Oct. 9. That win gave Marquette its 11th victory all-time (11-0-2) against the Friars and its 11th shutout, as it has outscored PC, 32-2, in the history of the series. Providence's scoreless streak against Marquette dates back eight matches to Oct. 10, 2010 and a total of 693:42 of game time.

• Marquette's 2-0 win at Villanova on Oct. 20 was the eighth all-time in as many meetings against the Wildcats, who have never scored a goal against the Golden Eagles. MU tallied a pair of goals in the win to push their goal advantage in the series to 12-0. Marquette's final goal on Thursday came on a Villanova own goal in the second half, meaning the Wildcats have scored more goals for MU than they have for themselves in the history of the series.

BARTELS AGAIN SHOWING ALL-LEAGUE FORM

• The increased recent production for All-BIG EAST Second Team selection Liz Bartels has come after head coach Markus Roeders altered the midfield and forward units midway through league play to put her up further in the attack. Bartels responded with goals in the wins at Providence and VU and her ability on the ball has generated numerous chances for Marquette's offense. The Omaha, Nebraska native was an All-BIG EAST First Team selection as a sophomore in 2014 and a second team choice as a junior in 2015 and a senior this season.

GOLDEN EAGLES CONTINUE TO GET IT DONE IN THE CLASSROOM

• Twenty-five women on last year's 35-member team earned at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 during the 2015-16 academic year and were honored on the BIG EAST Conference All-Academic Team. That group includes three student-athletes who carried 4.0s through both semesters in redshirt freshman Courtney Dugan and juniors Caroline Fink and Kirsten Timmer. The Golden Eagles were also given the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the 2015-16 academic year with a cumulative GPA of 3.39.

• Fink, who holds a cumulative GPA of 4.0 as an elementary education and communication studies major, was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 First Team and is currently on the Academic All-America ballot.

HENRY IS A NEW FACE IN NET FOR THE GOLDEN EAGLES

• Freshman Maddy Henry joins an exclusive club of Marquette goalkeepers as just the fourth primary starter since MU's entrance to the BIG EAST Conference for the 2005 campaign. The previous three keepers started in net for the length of their entire MU careers and each earned multiple All-BIG EAST accolades. Henry, a freshman from Omaha, Nebraska, hopes to join Laura Boyer (2005-07; Overland Park, Kansas) and Natalie Kulla (2008-11; St. Louis) as goalkeepers from America's Heartland to experience success in Blue and Gold. Amanda Engel (2012-15; Centennial, Colorado) graduated in 2016 and was a four-year starter and two-time All-BIG EAST selection.

• The unanimous All-BIG EAST Freshman Team selection has also posted her highest save totals against the best competition MU has faced this year, putting up seven saves at No. 2 Stanford and eight saves at No. 24 Northwestern. Her first shutout came on Oct. 2 as she made six saves against St. John's at Valley Fields and followed that up with shutouts at Xavier on Oct. 6 and Providence on Oct. 9. Henry, who notched four clean sheets in league action, has been named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week twice in 2016 and has also been named to the conference's weekly honor roll once.


 

 

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