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Women's Lacrosse Game 5 Preview: Vs Duquesne (1-1)

With consecutive wins in hand, it's time for the home opener!

Nice hat.
Nice hat.

When: Friday, March 7, 2014, at 1pm Central
Where: Valley Fields
Audio/Visual: No dice on the east field at the Valley, so you'll have to settle for live stats if you can't make it out.
Special Promotions: Not only do students get in free for all lacrosse games, but in this case, there will be FREE PIZZA from Pizza Hut and double Fanatics points for all students in attendance.
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

After a brief stutter to start last Friday's game against Michigan, Marquette's offense has been in full swing, scoring 27 goals in the last 110 minutes. Freshmen Julianna Shearer and Amanda Bochniak are both carrying four game goal streaks to open their collegiate career, with Shearer leading the team with 10 goals already. Last year's points leader, Claire Costanza exploded for a team high five points against the Wolverines and now has a team high seven assists. I still haven't mentioned sophomore Hayley Baas, who was named to the Big East Weekly Honor Roll after recording two hat tricks last week.

So the offense is on track, even if the defense was a little shaky against Michigan and Detroit. Marquette will probably need both ends of the field working together to beat Duquesne. While the Dukes barely escaped the Valley with a win a year ago in Marquette's first ever home game, they seem to be a tougher team this season. DU is 1-1 on the young season, with the win coming from a blowout of Howard. The loss is a different story. That one came against #8 Penn State, and the final score was only 11-7. The Dukes even had a lead in that game with 23 minutes left in the second half, so they're definitely not going to be pushed around easily.

They've only played two games, but Amanda Kidder already has eight goals on the season. Tack on an assist and that's Duquesne's points leader with nine. Three other players have racked up five points in just two games. Kristen Gregory has played the majority of the minutes in goal, including the full 60 against Penn State, so it seems likely that she'll be manning the cage at game time.