Bearcats Lacrosse Hosts Marquette, Notre Dame in Weekend Homestand|
April 4, 2013
The Bearcats women's lacrosse team battles Marquette University and the University of Notre Dame in a pair of home contests this weekend. Both games will be played at the Sheakley Athletics Center, the new home of UC lacrosse.
The first match of the weekend takes place Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. ET against the Golden Eagles of Marquette (2-8). The Bearcats (5-4) look to continue their strong play in the second half of their season and end their weekend homestand against BIG EAST rival Notre Dame (8-0). First draw is set for Sunday, April 7 at 1 p.m. ET.
-This will be the first meeting between the Golden Eagles of Marquette and the Cincinnati Bearcats.
-The Irish lead the all-time series 4-0. The last meeting took place April 28, 2012 and the Irish defeated the Bearcats 22-2 in South Bend, Ind.
SCOUTING THE GOLDEN EAGLES
-This is Marquette's inaugural season of lacrosse and is currently independent
-There are 28 freshmen on the roster, including three sophomores, two junior, and two seniors.
-Freshmen midfielders Haley Baas and Kenzie lead the Golden Eagles with 17 goals each.
-Freshman attacker Claire Costanza leads the team in assists, tallying 17 this season.
-The Golden Eagles average nearly 21 shots on goal per game, while their defense yields nearly 31 shots on goal per game. They score 7.38 goals per game and allow just over 14 per game.
-The Golden Eagles come to Cincinnati looking to snap a six-game losing streak.
SCOUTING THE IRISH
-The Irish are undefeated this year and stand at 8-0 overall, going 2-0 in BIG EAST play, 3-0 away from South Bend, and 5-0 on their home field.
-Senior Jenny Granger leads the team with 16 goals
-The Irish average 29.1 shots on goal per game, while only allowing 20.1 spg. They have outscored opponents 108-57. They are ranked 17th in the country (tied with Stanford) in scoring offense, netting 13.5 goals per game.
-Hilling's save percentage is .495, posting a 7.3 goals allowed per game average, contributing to a No. 5 nationally ranked scoring defense.
-The Irish have had a few narrow escapes this season, defeating Vanderbilt by one goal and Stanford and Duquesne by two goals.
LAST TIME OUT
In their inaugural game at the Sheakley Athletics Center, Cincinnati's lacrosse team defeated the Detroit Titans 16-6. Katie Kiriazoglou scored four goals and tallied one assist for the Bearcats, notching 5 total points in the match. It was the Bearcats' fifth win of the season improved their record to 4-0 on their home turf. The win also marked the Bearcats' fifth game scoring in double digits. They also shot just over 50 percent for the game, scoring on 16-of-31 shots.
ANSWERING THE BELL
Bearcats sophomore midfielder Meg Bell was named BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping UC to a 16-6 victory over Detroit. Bell had a game-high six draw controls, snagged three ground balls and had a career-high three caused turnovers. Not only did Bell get the job done at the defensive end, she contributed on the offensive end notching two goals. Through nine games this season, Bell leads the team with 10 caused turnovers, while racking up 33 draw controls and 15 ground balls. She also has 16 goals on the season. Bell's award marked the second time this season a Bearcat has won the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week award. The first was goalkeeper Meg Gulmi on March 18. This also marked the first time in program history that two student-athletes picked up player of the week awards in the same season.
HONORS KEEP ROLLING