Women's Lacrosse Weekend Preview: At Michigan and at Detroit

Amanda Bochniak is one of two MU freshmen with a two game goal streak to start their careers. - Maggie Bean/MarquetteImages.com

With two rough outings against top tier programs in the books, Marquette heads to America's Mitten for two games over the weekend.

Marquette has seven goals on the season, all coming off the sticks of just three players. Sophomore Hayley Baas has picked up where she left off last season as one of Marquette's top scorers, racking up her fourth career hat trick on Tuesday afternoon against #4 Northwestern. The Golden Eagles have also gotten a pair of goals each from freshmen Emily Bochniak and Juliana Shearer. Bochniak is quite the interesting case, as she's yet to fire a shot this season that hasn't found the back of the net.

Also presenting an interesting case is Marquette's top two scorers from last season, Kenzie Brown and Claire Costanza. It wasn't a surprise to see Brown not in the starting lineup against Northwestern after starting the season off against Johns Hopkins. After all, she only started nine of Marquette's 17 contests a year ago. It is surprising to see her with just two shots on the season after averaging three per game a year ago. Costanza has also been hampered, although her four shots is pretty much on pace for where she was last year. Costanza averaged more than a goal and an assist each last season and so far, she only has one assist on the season on Shearer's goal against Northwestern. It's also Marquette's only assist of the season, so perhaps this is just a function of JHU and NU knowing to take away Costanza and Brown.

With the quality of opponent dipping slightly this weekend, Marquette will need to get their offense jumpstarted, and that will start with getting Costanza and Brown on the board.

Game 3: at Michigan (0-1)

When: Friday, February 28, at 4pm Central
Where: Oosterbaan Field House, in Ann Arbor, MI
Audio/Visual: No video of any kind for the Wolverines, so you'll have to settle for only live stats.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

That 0-1 up there in the heading represents the sum total of Michigan women's lacrosse. This is their first year as a Division 1 program, and this game will be their first ever home game. The Wolverines started their history off with a 20-7 loss to Villanova, so Marquette may be able to use this game as a bit of a measuring stick for where they stand relative to their fellow Big East team. Due to the strangeness of the collegiate lacrosse landscape, this will actually be Marquette's third straight game against a team from the American Lacrosse Conference to open the season.

We don't have much to go on as far as stats go with only one game in the books. What we do know is that Tess Korten and Anna Schueler were expected to carry the load for the Wolverines before the season started, and that held true in their opener. Both women found the back of the net twice against Villanova and Korten tacked on an assist as well. Korten broke the ice for the Wolverines, getting the first goal in program history and she actually gave UM a 1-0 lead as well. Allison Silber played the full 60 minutes in net against Villanova, making eight saves along the way.

Game 4: at Detroit (0-2)

When: Sunday, March 2, at 11am Central
Where: Detroit Country Day High School Field House, in Beverly Hills, MI
Audio/Visual: The game was moved from Titan Field due to the prediction of 1 to 3 inches of snow falling in Detroit on Saturday night, so no live video. Live stats will be here.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

It has not been a stellar start to the 2014 season for one of the two teams that Marquette defeated in 2013. The Titans have allowed 18 goals in both of their games, falling 18-3 to Ohio State and 18-1 to Louisville. The Ohio State game was a little bit more positive for Detroit, and not just because of the goal total. Against the Buckeyes, the game was tied at one when Erin Campbell scored the first goal of the season for Detroit. Ohio State would score the next 11 goals to effectively end the game with 25 minutes left in the second half. In the Titans' next outing, Louisville reeled off the first 10 goals of the game and held Detroit scoreless for more than 28 minutes.

Campbell picked up all three goals against Ohio State to take the team lead in points and goals for the season. The only other points recorded this season came on Annie Mendoza's goal against Louisville, as the Titans have yet to record an assist this season. Junior Lexie McCormick has played a majority of the time in net for Detroit. The surprising part is that she's only been lifted for slightly more than five minutes out of the 120 that the Titans have played this year. McCormick was the goalie last year when Marquette scored the last four goals of the game to rally from a 10-7 deficit to defeat the Titans at Valley Fields.

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