April 4, 2017
|2017 Marquette Women's Lacrosse - Game 13|
|Marquette (4-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) at No. 13 Denver (8-2, 2-1 BIG EAST)|
|Date||Saturday, April 8 | 2 p.m. CT|
|Location||Barton Lacrosse Stadium | Denver, Colo.|
|Stats | Video||GameTracker | Live Stream ($)|
|Social Media||@MarquetteWLax (in-game) | Facebook |
|Media Materials||Game Notes |
MILWAUKEE - The Golden Eagles made their long-awaited return to Valley Fields in grand fashion following a dominating win over Villanova on Saturday, but now face the challenge in taking on a pair of ranked opponents in No. 3/3 Florida and No. 13/13 Denver.
Marquette, which is tied for second place in the BIG EAST, will welcome the first-place Gators to Valley Fields on Wednesday at noon Central time. Live stats and live video (Free) will be available via GoMarquette.com. The Golden Eagles will then travel to Denver on Saturday for a 2 p.m. Central time start.
MU made quick work of Villanova last time out, jumping out to a 9-0 lead before eventually tying a program-record for goals in a 20-6 victory. Five MU players finished with at least three goals, led by Charlotte McGuire, who scored a career-high four goals in her first start of the season. Amanda Bochniak tallied six points, including three goals to lead all attackers, while Julianna Shearer, who set the program-record for goals scored lin her previous outing, became the fourth MU player to reach 100 career points, including the second player this season.
Florida fell to the No. 1-ranked team in the country for the second time this season last week after opening the year against North Carolina and then falling to Maryland last Wednesday.
The Gators, led by Mollie Stevens' 46 points, including 37 goals, bounced back with a win over Vanderbilt on Saturday and now sit alone in first place in the BIG EAST standings with a 9-2 record, including a 3-0 league mark.
Denver, which entered the week 8-2 overall, is 2-1 in the BIG EAST with their lone setback to the Gators. The Pioneers are coming off a 16-11 win over UConn last time out. DU is led by Kendra Lanuza's 41 points on 19 goals and 22 assists.
Following Saturday's game against the Pioneers, the Golden Eagles will remain on the road to take on UConn on Wednesday, April 12, before returning home to face Georgetown at Valley Fields on Saturday, April 15.
LAST TIME OUT
- The Golden Eagles exploded offensively to the tune of a record-tying 20 goals in a 20-6 win over Villanova at home on Saturday. Marquette scored the game's first nine goals and held the Wildcats scoreless for the first 25:35 of the first half, taking an 11-2 lead into halftime.
- Five different MU players recorded at least three goals, including redshirt sophomore Charlotte McGuire, who totaled a career-high four scores and an assist. Amanda Bochniak notched six points, including three goals, while Grace Gabriel, Allison Lane and Julianna Shearer also scored three times.
- Marquette won the draw control (15-12), ground balls (14-12) and committed just 13 turnovers in the win. It moved into a four-way tie for second place with a 2-1 conference record.
- The Gators enter Wednesday as the nation's third-ranked team in both the IWLCA and Inside Lacrosse polls. They are 9-2 with a 3-0 mark in BIG EAST play. Both of Florida's losses have come to the top-ranked team in the country, falling to UNC to open the season and undefeated Maryland last week. The Gators feature the nation's third-ranked scoring offense with 15.82 goals per game, while ranking seventh in ground balls (23.09).
- The Gators feature five players with 35 or more points with Mollie Stevens leading the way with 46 points on a team-leading 37 goals and Shayna Pirreca close behind at 45 points and 35 goals. In net, Haley Hicklen has earned all 11 decisions and features a 9.90 goals against average with a .485 save percentage.
- The upstart No. 13 Pioneers joined the national rankings amid a 5-0 start and back-to-back wins over ranked opponents No. 12 Stanford and No. 18 Louisville earlier this season. They enter with an 8-2 mark and a 2-1 record in BIG EAST play with their lone league loss coming against unbeaten Florida. The Pios bounced back following that loss to the Gators with a convincing home win over UConn last time out, defeating the Huskies 16-11.
- Denver leads the BIG EAST and ranks 13th in the country in defense, allowing just 8.80 goals per game, holding five opponents to fewer than 10 goals this season. Offensively, the Pioneers are sixth in the league with 12.20 goals per game thanks to a team-high 41 points from Kendra Lanuza on 19 goals and 22 assists. Elizabeth Behrins has 33 points on 28 goals and is coming off a seven-goal performance in the win over UConn last time out. In net, Maddy Stevenson carries all 10 decisions with an 8.70 GAA and a .460 save percentage.
- The Golden Eagles and Gators will meet for the third time on Wednesday. Florida is 2-0 all-time in the series, winning both match-ups convincingly and as a top-10 team nationally. In their first meeting in 2015, the then-No. 8 Gators won by a 16-5 score at Valley Fields. Last season as the No. 2 ranked squad in the country, UF claimed a 15-5 win at home.
- Marquette and Denver met for the first time last season in non-conference play and will meet for the first time as BIG EAST foes on Saturday. A disappointing setback a season ago, the Golden Eagles committed 22 turnovers and were unable to muster enough offense in an 11-5 loss on the road. After trailing 6-3 at halftime, MU only scored twice in the second half.
ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR Julianna Shearer
- After she became Marquette's all-time leading goal scorer against Temple on March 25, Shearer needed just two points to reach 100 for her career. She did so in grand fashion with a hat trick in a 20-6 win over Villanova on April 1, becoming the fourth Golden Eagle and second (Bochniak) this season to reach the milestone. She now has 92 career goals.
- The Westminster, Maryland, native currently holds the single-season goals mark with 36 tallies in 2016 and is poised to eclipse that in the coming games as she enters the Florida game with a team-leading 32 goals on the season.
GABRIEL EARNS BIG EAST MIDFIELDER OF THE WEEK
- Sophomore Grace Gabriel, who has set and reset her own single-game record for draw controls this season, matched Julianna Shearer's single-game mark for goals with six, netting a hat trick in each half in an overtime loss to Temple on March 25.
- The Lancaster, NY, native ranks tied for fifth in the BIG EAST in goals (29), third in shots (69), fifth in draw controls (45) and is tied for the lead with eight free-position goals in 2017.
BOCHNIAK REACHES THE CENTURY MARK, EARNS BIG EAST AWARD
- Amanda Bochniak hit the 100-career point mark with an assist in the team's loss to California on March 16. She became just the third member in program history to reach the milestone.
- As an encore performance against Cincinnati in the BIG EAST opener on March 19, she had a career game, totaling eight points on a career-high four goals and four assists. She was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll as a result. She added six points in a win over Villanova and currently has 114 career points on 52 goals and 62 assists.
- Senior defender Fran Meyer is in the midst of a breakout season as she has embraced a leadership role on the backline. Through 11 games, she ranks second in the BIG EAST with 23 caused turnovers, surpassing her career-high of 22 set in 2016. Over half of her total has come in the previous five contests where she has totaled 15 caused turnovers to go along with 12 ground balls and six draw controls. Against Northwestern on March 11, the Oak Brook, Illinois, native registered a single-game program-record of six caused turnovers.
HOLDING DOWN THE OPPOSITION
- When Marquette holds opponents to fewer than 10 goals, it has an all-time record of 18-3. The defense held opponents to fewer than the double-digit mark on five occasions in 2016 and won each contest. The Golden Eagles have successfully held three opponents to fewer than 10 goals this season and each have resulted in victories at Central Michigan and Kennesaw State, and at home against Villanova.
SOCCODATO TO REPRESENT ITALY IN 2017 FIL WORLD CUP
- Sophomore Cate Soccodato, who competed for Team Italy at the 2015 European Championships in the Czech Republic prior to her freshman season at Marquette, battled it out with 40 other hopefuls during winter break before learning she had made the final roster of 18 players set to compete in the 2017 FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup.
- The Huntington, N.Y., native is eligible to compete for the Italians through her family's lineage and is one of six Italian-Americans set to compete. Also on the squad will be her younger sister, Emma, who takes Cate's place as the youngest member of the squad.
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