WSOC faces Georgetown Sunday for BIG EAST crown on FS1
Nov. 5, 2016
WASHINGTON - Following Marquette’s third consecutive overtime victory Friday in the league semifinals, the Marquette University women’s soccer team will face No. 7 Georgetown in the title match of the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Soccer Championship on Sunday, Nov. 6 at noon Central time in Washington, D.C.
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 12 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. It is its fourth title match appearance.
• 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.
• Carrie Madden, in her third year at Marquette, leads MU with six goals and five assists for 17 points.
• 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 HOYAS:
• Georgetown (15-2-3) is in search of its first BIG EAST tournament title, having lost to Marquette in 2012 and DePaul in 2014 in its previous two championship tilt appearances. Junior Rachel Corboz leads the Hoyas with 30 points on the season (nine goals, 12 assists), while Grace Damaska (12-5-29) and Crystal Thomas (10-1-21) each have reached double-digit tallies in 2016. Damaska, Corboz and defender Marina Paul each earned All-BIG EAST First Team accolades earlier this week and forward Amanda Carolan earned BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors. Carolan scored the match’s only goals in MU’s 2-0 loss to Georgetown in Milwaukee on Oct. 16. Through the regular season, the Hoyas scored a BIG EAST-best 2.68 goals per game and paced the league in almost every statistical category, except goals against, where they ranked second to St. John’s.
BARRINGTON HIGH’S PFEIFFER AND MADDEN BREAKING THROUGH
• Through her first two years at Marquette, forward Carrie Madden played in a total of one match and did not record a point. That lack of playing experience hasn’t hindered her ability to contribute offensively in 2016 as Madden has proven to be Marquette’s most potent finisher, especially as of late. The redshirt sophomore leads MU with six goals and 17 points on the year and has four match winners, including a pair of OT daggers in two of the last three matches. Madden scored against Butler on Oct. 23 in the 93rd minute to keep Marquette in the hunt for the BIG EAST regular season title and scored on a phenomenal finish behind her against St. John’s in OT of the league tournament semifinals.
• Madden’s Barrington High teammate Molly Pfeiffer is playing a key role up top for Marquette. Pfeiffer scored the match-tying goal in the 89th minute against Milwaukee on Sept. 9 and the match winner against Michigan on Aug. 28. She now has a career-best four goals in 2016 after tallying three in each of the last two campaigns.
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 81-of-83 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 171-64-31 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.
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