Feb. 19, 2016
MILWAUKEE -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team is still seeking its first win of the 2016 campaign after a pair of competitive matchups with top-20 opponents, and closes out a three-game road trip with Big Ten Conference foe Michigan on Sunday, Feb. 21 in Ann Arbor.
The teams will meet inside Oosterbaan Field House for a 12 p.m. Central time matchup. Live statistics will be available for Sunday's matchup via GameTracker and MGoBlue.com.
The Golden Eagles are fresh off an 11-8 setback to No. 17 Johns Hopkins - a game in which they led multiple times before the Blue Jays stormed back late in the contest. It was the second straight year that MU had played a nationally-ranked JHU squad tough, showing signs of making that next step of potentially knocking off their first top-20 opponent in the near future.
MU was led by sophomore Allison Lane, who scored her first career hat trick, while senior goalie Sarah Priem made 12 saves in an impressive performance. JHU scored four straight goals after MU had taken a 6-4 lead and didn't look back, preventing MU from finding the back of the net over the final 10-plus minutes of action.
Marquette and Michigan will meet for the third straight season with the road team taking each of the first two matchups in the all-time series. Last season's matchup in Milwaukee was a tale of two halves as the Golden Eagles took a 6-2 lead into halftime before the Wolverines answered back with a 8-1 second-half performance en route to a 10-7 comeback win. MU registered a 12-10 win in their lone previous trip to Ann Arbor back on Feb. 28, 2014.
Michigan is in its third season as a varsity program and enters the week with a 1-1 record after falling to No. 7 Florida, 12-11, in heartbreaking fashion after the Gators scored the game-winning goal with just 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
Following Sunday's game, the Golden Eagles will look forward to a highly-anticipated home-opening weekend when they welcome in California for a 5 p.m. matchup Friday, Feb. 26, followed by 1 p.m. clash with Colorado on Sunday, Feb. 28.
LAST TIME OUT
- Marquette endured a unique set of circumstances as its matchup with Johns Hopkins was moved up one day due to dangerously cold temperatures forecast, forcing the Golden Eagles to play just 5 hours after landing in Baltimore on Friday. However, MU was not fazed by the change as it held multiple leads before the nationally-ranked Blue Jays stormed back in the second half to claim an 11-8 victory at home.
- MU played a ranked JHU squad tough for the second year-in-a-row after falling to them, 8-7, in double-overtime in 2015.
- The Golden Eagles raced out to a 3-0 advantage in the first 15 minutes before both sides went to halftime tied at 4-4. MU then scored the first two goals of the second half, which was then followed by a decisive four-goal run by the Blue Jays. MU cut the deficit to 9-8 before JHU sealed the game with two goals in the final 10 minutes.
- Sophomore Allison Lane recorded her first-career hat trick, while senior goalie Sarah Priem made 12 saves in a superb effort in net.
- The Wolverines are steadfastly improving in their third season as a program, entering the weekend with a 1-1 overall record and coming off a heartbreaking defeat to No. 7 Florida on the road. They began the season with a 14-1 victory at home over first-year program Central Michigan back on Feb. 6.
- Last time out, U-M held an 11-8 lead against the Gators late, but watched it evaporate after three straight Gator goals by Shayna Pirreca with less than 5 minutes remaining tied the game. Then, Sammi Burgess scored the game-winner for UF with just 10 seconds remaining.
- Michigan returns five players that started all 17 games in 2015, including its top two scorers Jess Angerman (33g, 15a in '15) and Anna Schueler (34g, 7a in '15). Both have combined for five goals and four assists already this season. Meanwhile, Kim Coughlan leads the way with five goals, an assist and a team-leading eight draw controls.
- The Wolverines have a 24-16 edge in draw controls through their first two games and out-drew nationally-ranked Florida by a 16-9 margin despite a one-goal defeat.
- Sunday's matchup will mark the third meeting between the Golden Eagles and Wolverines with the road team taking each of the first two matchups.
- Last year, the Golden Eagles jumped out to a 6-2 halftime lead in a game played at Valley Fields before Michigan charged back for a 10-7 victory on March 20, 2015. The Wolverines scored the first eight goals in the second half and flipped the script with the edge in draw controls, using a 7-3 advantage to gain crucial scoring chances.
- MU received scoring contributions from only three players as Riley Hill netted a hat trick in the first half, while Claire Costanza and Nicole Gleason each added two goals. Six different Wolverines found the back of the net with Jess Angerman leading the way with three goals. Kim Coughlan added two goals and three draw controls.
BEING YOUNG AND TAKING THE NEXT STEP FORWARD
- The Golden Eagles may feature 13 seniors, but as a program in just its fourth season and with a host of talented newcomers, they still show signs of youth and inexperience. Head coach Meredith Black has preached of the importance in having confidence and closing out games as the next step this team needs to make to reach success.
- In reference to playing top-20 competition and being a young team trying to turn the corner toward success, Black told LaxMagazine.com: "It's hard to make a quick turnaround because you have to learn a lot of things, most importantly, learning how to win. "I think the quicker our young players learn how to be successful, the quicker the team finds success."
MARQUETTE TO BE FEATURED ON BIG EAST DIGITAL NETWORK IN 2016
- The BIG EAST Digital Network has expanded its live streaming coverage in 2015-16 and Marquette women's lacrosse is thrilled to be included in those plans as its season finale/Senior Day and PanCAN awareness game against Cincinnati on April 29, will be featured.
- The Golden Eagles and Bearcats will be one of three BIG EAST women's lacrosse game featured on the network, which is three more than a season ago.
- The other two contests scheduled to be aired on BEDN will be Florida at Georgetown on April 9, and Temple at Villanova on April 20.
GOSLEE A PRESEASON ALL-BIG EAST SELECTION
- Elizabeth Goslee was the lone Golden Eagle selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team - familiar territory for the senior defender who has twice been named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team in her career and was a BIG EAST Preseason Co-Defensive Player of the Year pick a season ago. In 2015, the Cincinnati, Ohio native became the first Golden Eagle to be named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Region Second Team following an impressive junior campaign. She led MU with 30 ground balls and 30 caused turnovers, ranking fourth in the BIG EAST with a 1.76 CT average.
WINNING PREDICATED ON DEFENSE
- In 2015, Marquette held its opponents under 10 goals seven times, which was three more than the season prior. Over that stretch, the Golden Eagles are 7-2, including a 5-2 record last season. MU ranked second in the BIG EAST and 13th-nationally in caused turnovers last year, forcing 9.65 miscues per game. Individually, Elizabeth Goslee (1.76) and Fran Meyer (1.24) ranked fourth and ninth, respectively, in the BIG EAST in caused turnovers per game.
A TOUGH ROAD ON THE ROAD
- Marquette is faced with the challenge of having five opponents ranked in the IWLCA Preseason Coaches' Poll on its 2016 schedule, including four of those matchups away from the friendly confines of Valley Fields. For the first time, the Golden Eagles will begin a season with back-to-back ranked opponents in No. 15 Louisville (Feb. 6) and No. 17 Johns Hopkins (Feb. 13). Also on the docket is No. 5 Northwestern (March 8) and No. 7 Florida (April 13). The lone home game against a preseason ranked opponent is No. 11 Notre Dame (March 28).
MU SUPPORTS PANCREATIC CANCER ACTION NETWORK
- The Golden Eagles have been active supporters of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its fight against pancreatic cancer over the past three years. They will host their fourth annual PanCAN game on Saturday, April 29, against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. Since 2013, Marquette Women's Lacrosse has raised over $30,000 toward research and finding a cure. Further information on the disease and the organization can be found at http://www.pancan.org/.
GOSLEE AND HAVERSTICK NAMED 2016 CAPTAINS
- Elizabeth Goslee and Kayce Haversitck were named team captains for the 2016 season - the second straight year both have served in the role and the third for Goslee. Both seniors have started all 51 games in their careers and been defending stalwarts for the Blue and Gold.
- Goslee recorded 30 caused turnovers, 30 ground balls and 16 draw controls in 2015, while Haverstick added 27 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers.
O'BRIEN, WOMEN'S LACROSSE EARN IWLCA ACADEMIC HONOR
- For the second year-in-a-row, Marquette women's lacrosse was honored for academic achievement by the IWLCA. The Golden Eagles were one of just 83 NCAA Division I programs recognized with the honor - presented to teams that register a collective team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Senior Molly O'Brien was one of 256 student-athletes to make it on the 2015 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes student-athletes that have achieved at least junior academic status and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher.
NEWCOMER GAINS INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE
- Before she even put on a Marquette uniform for the first time, freshman Cate Soccodato had earned the opportunity to play for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in Prague, Czech Republic last August. The Syosset, New York native was the youngest player on the team and only one of six Italian-Americans to compete, but she thrived in her first international experience, scoring 12 goals and an assist in six games as Team Italy won four of its six games.
NEW WORLD CLASS INDOOR FACILITY TO HOUSE MU LACROSSE
- A new indoor athletic performance center, which will combine indoor playing fields for
Marquette's lacrosse and soccer programs, an indoor track, and a world-class athletic performance research facility was announced on Jan. 29, 2015 by MU President Dr. Michael R. Lovell. The facility will be located on the 800 block of Michigan Street and is expected to house offices and locker rooms for MU lacrosse. Through a strategic partnership with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and a $40 million capital commitment from Aurora Health Care, cutting-edge faculty and student research in sports performance, medicine, nutrition and rehabilitation will enhance the performance of MU student and professional athletes worldwide. Groundbreaking is planned for sometime in 2017.