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And Now, The 2016 Marquette Women's Lacrosse Schedule

Meredith Black looks to take a big step forward with her team as the program enters its fourth year in Division 1.

Biz Goslee leads a senior class looking to make an impact in their final season.
Biz Goslee leads a senior class looking to make an impact in their final season.

We're still more than three months away from lacrosse, but we've got Marquette's 2016 schedule to peruse.

The Golden Eagles will play eight of their 17 games at home at Valley Fields, including three of their final four and four of their last six games.  There are a number of familiar names on the schedule, as well as three teams that Marquette has never played in program history.

Let's get to it, shall we?

Date Opponent Time (CT)
Sat., Feb. 6 at Louisville 11am
Sat., Feb. 13 at Johns Hopkins 11am
Sun., Feb. 21 at Michigan TBA
Fri., Feb. 26 California 5pm
Sun., Feb. 28 Colorado 1pm
Sun., Mar. 6 at Detroit 12pm
Tue., Mar. 8 at Northwestern 3pm
Sat., Mar. 19 Central Michigan 12pm
Sat., Mar. 26 at Denver 12:30pm
Mon., Mar. 28 Notre Dame 2pm
Sat., Apr. 2 at Villanova 11am
Sat., Apr. 9 Connecticut 12pm
Wed., Apr. 13 at Florida 1pm
Sat., Apr. 16 Temple 1pm
Wed., Apr. 20 Vanderbilt TBD
Sat., Apr. 23 at Georgetown 12pm
Fri., Apr. 29 Cincinnati 5pm

Here's a few things that jumped out at me:

  • Head coach Meredith Black continues to have no fear in how she schedules her squad.  There are five teams on this slate that ended the 2015 season ranked in the top 18 of both the Inside Lacrosse and IWLCA polls, and only one of those five - Florida - is on the schedule because of the Big East schedule.  There's only so many games that MU can play in the season, and Black has intentionally scheduled four teams - Louisville, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Notre Dame - that should be considered likely to end up in the 2016 NCAA tournament.
  • There are three teams on this schedule that MU has never played before: California, Central Michigan, and Denver.  In the case of the Chippewas, Marquette has never had a chance to play them before, because this is their first year of D1 women's lacrosse.
  • As far as the other 13 games, well, it could be a bit of a rough season if the Golden Eagles don't show major signs of improvement.  MU has a record of 6-25 against the other teams, with the six victories being spread against just three of the teams (WE OWN YOU, DETROIT).
  • Then again, Marquette did play Northwestern, Louisville, and Notre Dame as part of their fall ball exhibition schedule, so maybe they learned a trick or two for the regular season.
  • Hopefully, that April 16th game against Temple does not stay on the schedule as listed.  For right now, at least, that game is schedule at the exact same time that Marquette's men's lacrosse squad will be out at Hart Park playing Providence.  MU has organized MLAX/WLAX doubleheaders out at Hart Park in the past, and there's really no reason to not do that again here.