#5/#3 Marquette is on the verge of a second straight Blue Division title, and what stands in their way is two regular season matches with Notre Dame, starting tonight in South Bend. Because of the loss of West Virginia from the schedule, the Big East decided that everyone will close with a home-and-home set, and Marquette drew the Irish. As a result of their win over Connecticut and loss to Georgetown, Marquette currently sits in a tie for first place in the Blue Division with Connecticut but hold the tiebreaker for the #1 seed for the Big East Championship. There's way too many possible outcomes to discuss at this point, but the important thing to know is that Marquette controls their own destiny.
Notre Dame comes in ranked #8/#7 in the country, and have won their last four conference matches by a combined score of 19-2. They've only won two consecutive matches overall, though, after a 2-1 loss at Northwestern back on October 9th. Senior forward Ryan Finley leads the Irish and the Big East in shots (68), goals (14) and points (31). If Marquette wants to come out with wins in these two matches, they're going to have to stop Finley from running away with the points title, as he already has a seven point lead on Connecticut's Mamadou Diouf. Will Walsh and Patrick Wall have split time almost equally in net, with Wall getting the start in five of Notre Dame's last eight matches.
You can listen to WMUR's Matt Trebby call the action by clicking here starting tonight at 6pm Central, and because Notre Dame has more money than they know what to do with, tonight's match will have a live video stream from UND.com.