WOOOOOOO IT’S MILWAUKEE CUP DAY!
The Milwaukee Cup will be contested for the 46th time on Wednesday night at Valley Fields, and yes, UWM has had the lion’s share of the results in this series that dates back to 1973. The Panthers won the first nine matches against Marquette, holding MU to just three goals in that timeframe. Overall, Marquette is just 11-29-5 against UW-Milwaukee, and yeah, that’s not great.
Over the last two decades, things are twisting towards a stalemate. Over the past 20 years, UWM’s record is merely 9-8-3. Since Louis Bennett packed up his office and switched jobs from Milwaukee to Marquette, things have been tilting towards the Golden Eagles. In Bennett’s 13 years running the show at Valley Fields, Marquette has a 4-5-3 record in Milwaukee Cup matches.
Milwaukee is currently in possession of the Milwaukee Cup thanks to a 2-0 victory in 2017 that snapped a three match streak of Marquette’s possession. The Panthers are going to be in for a bit of a fight, though, as Marquette is coming off of a 3-0 victory over #13 Villanova on Saturday night. It was Marquette’s first win over a ranked team since 2013, and moved the Golden Eagles to 3-3-0 on the season. They’re riding high and looking to keep the high energy flowing into Saturday’s conference contest against Seton Hall.
In addition to that, it must be noted that UWM hasn’t won a Milwaukee Cup match at Valley Fields since a 4-2 contest back in 2010. The Golden Eagles are 2-1-0 on their side of town since.
Oh, and this wouldn’t really be a Milwaukee Cup preview if we didn’t include the video of Sebastian Jansson’s buzzer beater game winner against UWM from 2012.
Match #7: vs Milwaukee Panthers (3-2-1)
For the purposes of our discussion here, the most relevant result for UWM so far this season is their 2-0 victory over Penn on September 9th. That’s the same Penn team that had beaten Marquette 1-0 in overtime just two days earlier. It’s kind of rare to get common opponents this early in the season, but here we are. The Panthers took advantage of two goals in the first 21 minutes, including a 4th minute strike from Evan Conway to hold on for the win. Penn ended up outshooting them 11-8, but hey, when you score on two of your first three shots, how hard are you really going to try to score for the next 70 minutes? It’s worth noting that Marquette looked like the better team against Penn and controlled a majority of the match, but the Golden Eagles just didn’t come away with the victory.
UWM doesn’t have a particularly exciting offense with eight goals in their six matches, and just barely averaging more than 10 shots per match. Conway is their leading scorer with two on the season. He’s not the points leader, though, as Vuk Latinovich has a goal and three assists for five points on the year.
While their offense isn’t anything to write home about, their defense is stout. While the Panthers are getting outshot on the year, 73-64, they’ve allowed half as many goals as they’ve scored. That can be attributed to keeper Freddy Lorenzen, who has a save percentage of .871. UWM gives up shots, and they give up shots on goal, as over 42% of shots have been on frame. Lorenzen is shutting them down, though, so MU may need to put in a solid amount of work if they want to push one past him.