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Women's Lacrosse Preview: PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!

Marquette returns home after a winless Spring Break trip to try to get back on a winning track against a Harvard squad that's yet to pick up a W this season.

(L to R) Kenzie Brown and Claire Costanza are MU's high scorers through 7 games.
(L to R) Kenzie Brown and Claire Costanza are MU's high scorers through 7 games.

Let me explain the video, courtesy of those nice people over at College Humor.

Marquette women's lacrosse plays Harvard this afternoon at 3pm, and EVERYONE in attendance gets a mid-afternoon snack while supplies last, in the form of a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, courtesy of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

Marquette will honor Seton Hill University with a moment of silence before the game. I'll let explain:

Seton Hill head coach Kristie Quigley passed away along with her unborn son and the team bus driver after the team bus crashed off the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the morning of Saturday, March 16. Marquette assistant coach Courtney Tamasitis was the head coach of Seton Hill for four seasons before taking her current position at MU in 2011. She also played with Quigley for one season at Duquesne, in addition to playing under her for one season with the Dukes.

"We are deeply saddened by the unfortunate events of Saturday morning on the Seton Hill women’s lacrosse team," [Marquette head coach Meredith] Black said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected by this terrible accident which claimed the life of three individuals. Courtney Tamasitis’ close connection to Seton Hill has made this a very emotional moment for our program and it is important that we honor coach Quigley’s memory on Tuesday afternoon."

Claire Costanza remains your Golden Eagles points leader, with seven goals and 13 assists on the season. There are three MU players who have broken into double digits in goals. Kenzie Brown leads the way with 15 goals on the season. Sarah Priem has started all seven games for Marquette, but has been lifted in three contests. Her goals-against average is over 13 per 60 minutes and she's only stopping 39% of the shots she sees. I don't know enough about lacrosse at this point to tell if this is a function of how Marquette's playing defense or if Priem needs to be better, but Marquette has played some games where things could have gone differently with better defense.

As for the Crimson, they're winless on the season through four contests. They dropped their last game to defending national champion Northwestern by a score of 16-3. They've given up at least 14 goals in each game this season and have seen their offensive output fall in every game, going from 13 in their opener down to the three goals in the Northwestern game. You can't really blame them for a bad offensive showing against the Wildcats, though.

Senior Michaela Cyr is the offensive focal point for the Crimson. She leads in points with 13, coming on nine goals and four assists, both of which are team highs. Sophomore Annie Mayjes has played most of the minutes in net, but senior Mel Cook did pick up a start and played the full 60 against Northwestern. Either way, both goalies for Harvard have goals-against averages over 16 and save percentages under 37%.