Women's Lacrosse Big East Game 2 Preview: At Georgetown (3-7, 0-1)

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Your first place Golden Eagles (doesn't that sound awesome?) head to the nation's capital with an eye on what might be the biggest win in program history.

When: Saturday, April 5th, 2014, at 11am Central
Where: Multi-Sport Field in Washington, D.C.
Audio/Visual: There's streaming video, but it'll cost you $10 for a month's subscription. Live stats will be free and over this way.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

Waaaaaay back last Friday, Marquette (5-5, 1-0 Big East) jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Cincinnati, withstood an early Bearcat rally, and then ran out to a 14-6 final score for the first Big East win in program history in head coach Meredith Black's first shot at the bell. So far, everyone in the league has only played one game on their conference schedule, so that has your Golden Eagles in a four way tie for first place with Connecticut, Louisville, and Villanova. Marquette's still a second year program, albeit one with Claire Costanza, the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week and the Big East's seventh best scorer (2.80 points/game), so some slip ups are probably in MU's future. But the top four teams in the Big East qualify for the conference tournament in May, so it's easier to start in a four way tie for first than it is to start in a four way tie for fifth.

While Marquette is looking to move above .500 for the first time in program history, Georgetown is going to struggle to get to .500 at all this season. After going 3-1 to open the season, including wins against ranked Duke and Princeton teams, the Hoyas have dropped six straight games, and will need to win five of their remaining six games just to finish at 8-8 this season. In their defense, five of the six losses have been to ranked teams, so they've been trying to do something with their season, but it hasn't worked out for the preseason favorites to win the Big East, other than they're still somehow getting votes in the Brine Top 20 poll.

Georgetown's goaltending situation is a mess. Barb Black started the season, but freshman Maddy Fisher has started each of the last four games. That said, Fisher got lifted for Black after letting in seven goals in less than 25 minutes against Louisville. Strangely, Georgetown was only losing 7-5 at the time. Black let in another three goals, and with 20 minutes left, head coach Ricky Fried went to third string goalie Megan McDonald.... right after Georgetown had tied the game at 10. That meant that McDonald took the loss as the Cardinals outscored GU 4-3 in the time remaining. Fisher was back in net on Tuesday against Penn, so I presume that she'll be there again tomorrow.

Caroline Tarzian and Kelyn Freedman are tied for the team lead in goals with 19 each, while Corinne Etchison's six assists are tops on the team in that category. Freedman also leads the team in ground balls with 20, while her 28 draw controls are second on the squad to the 30 tallied by Reilly Woodman.

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