Women's Lacrosse Game 2 Preview: At #4 Northwestern (2-0)

I wasn't sure if Northwestern had a mascot, and now that I've found out, I wish I hadn't. - Andy Lyons

Well, this is not an improvement on the season opener against Johns Hopkins.

When: Tuesday, February 25, at 4pm Central
Where: Lake Barrington Field House in Lake Barrington, IL. This is a change from Lakeside Field, NU's on campus facility.
Audio/Visual: No video, but Northwestern will be streaming free audio for this game. Live stats will be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

The good news is that two of Marquette's freshmen, Amanda Bochniak and Juliana Shearer, both scored their first collegiate goals in Marquette's season opener, and Bochniak's goal came with such quick precision that 1) The camera operator at Johns Hopkins couldn't keep up with her and 2) it earned Bochniak a spot on the Big East Honor Roll last week.

The bad news is that Marquette lost to JHU 16-2. The really bad news is that things might get worse this afternoon in Lake Barrington. Hopkins wasn't ranked when Marquette played them, and they've only wandered into the #20 spot in the Brine media poll at this point. Northwestern, on the other hand, is the pick to win the American Lacrosse Conference, and has already beaten Virginia, currently ranked #16 in the country, and Duke, currently ranked #6. Both wins came by just a one goal margin. Marquette has played Northwestern in each of the last two fall ball sessions, so the Golden Eagles will have a better scouting report on the Wildcats than they did against the Blue Jays.

In the Virginia game, the Wildcats got a goal with 17 seconds left from Kate McDonald to escape with the win. Against Duke, it was a different story. NU got their final goal with 8:14 remaining and had to hold on for the final 7:22 after the Blue Devils pulled within one.

Kaleigh Craig had the game winner against Duke, and she also has the team lead in points with seven (6G, 1A). Technically, she has the team lead in assists as well, as six different Wildcats have tallied a lone assist this season. Junior Bridget Blanco has played every minute in net for NU, compiling a goals-against average of 11.50 and a save percentage of .439.

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