Head coach Meredith Black's crew wraps up their inaugural season with their fifth straight ranked opponent. This time it's #10 Notre Dame. The game gets started at noon Central time at Arlotta Stadium in South Bend and because the Irish are cool like that, the game will be streamed live over YouTube. You can also follow @MarquetteWLax for in game updates.
Notre Dame is 11-4 on the season, and all four of those losses have come in their last five games, including each of the last three. In their defense, all five of those games were against ranked opponents. During their three game losing streak, they haven't managed more than eight goals in any game, but it's probably a safe bet that Syracuse, Connecticut, and Northwestern have better defenses than Marquette does.
Senior attacker Jenny Granger leads Notre Dame with 30 goals on the season and ranks ninth in the Big East in goals per game. Granger has a six point lead on Jaimie Morrison for the team lead in points, and Morrison is the Irish assists leader with just one more helper than Granger. Sophomore defender Barbara Sullivan might be the player that has the most impact on the game for ND. Sullivan leads the Big East in ground balls (3.2 per game, no one else averages more than 2.79) and caused turnovers (2.13 per game, no one else has more than 1.87), and she is tied for the most draw controls per game at 4.07. Senior goalie Ellie Hilling has established herself as a Notre Dame legend, as she holds the school goalie records for games played, starts, wins, saves, and minutes played. As for this season, Hilling leads the Big East in save percentage at .465 and is second in goals-against average at 7.47.
The three game winning streak is on the line tomorrow in Queens as men's lacrosse heads out to play St. John's. This one will get started at noon Central as well. St. John's will be providing streaming audio for a price, but you can always get live stats or follow @MarquetteMLax for updates. This will be the last road game of the season for Marquette before wrapping up their inaugural season with a home game against Duke on May 5th.
The Red Storm are 8-4 on the season, and broke a two game skid with a win over Providence in their last time out. Marquette's defense is going to have to be on high alert, because SJU boasts the Big East's two best goal scorers. Junior attackers Kiernan McArdle and Kevin Cernuto are 1-2 in goals per game, and they both average more than 2.5 tallies per contest. Colin Keegan isn't far behind his classmates at 2.08 goals per game, good enough for sixth best in the Big East. Senior goalie Jeff Lowman has started all but one game for the Red Storm, posting a goals-against average of 10.33 and stopping 56% of shots on goal.