Last Saturday, Marquette came away from Pittsburgh with their first win of the season. They beat Duquesne in overtime, 8-7, and once they started putting goals on the board late in the first half, they looked like the team that gave Johns Hopkins all that they could handle in the season opener. Really, the only reason that the game went to overtime was because MU gave Duquesne two chances at an extra woman opportunity late in the game. A little more solid defending by the Golden Eagles (or a little less ridiculous refereeing to avoid physicality in women's lacrosse in general), and Marquette wins going away.
In any case, they'll be looking for their first consecutive wins of the season, and just the third back to back wins in program history on Sunday afternoon in northern California. It'll be the second game of the season against a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team, as MU lost to Colorado earlier this year. It's also the first of three straight games this week in California, as head coach Meredith Black takes advantage of Spring Break to fit in a few games for her squad.
Game #5: at UC-Davis (1-2)
The Aggies picked up their first win of the season back on Monday when they held on to beat Detroit 13-10. They opened up the season with two road games and two losses on the road as well. First it was a 7-2 result at Lehigh, followed by a narrow 14-12 defeat at Lafayette two days later.
After finishing seventh a year ago, UC-Davis was picked to finish eight in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation preseason poll. The MPSF doesn't name a preseason all-league team, but senior attacker Elizabeth Landry was all-MPSF Second Team a year ago. The Lafayette, CA, native is currently tied for the Aggie lead in points this season with 10, and she has half of their total assists with three. Sophomore attacker Melissa Kellan also has 10 points, but she's done it all with goals this season.
Kai Murphy is the Aggies' senior goalie from New Jersey, and she's played all but 18 minutes this season. She has a goals-against average of 9.62 this season, and it's a 50/50 proposition as to whether she'll stop a shot when you put it on frame.