By now, you should be more than familiar with our series of regularly updating leaderboards for various Marquette Golden Eagles sports accomplishments. Keep checking back to that link in the previous sentence for our charts as the seasons continue to churn through history and MU’s various teams continue to create new memories and accomplishments.
Here, we take a look at the best career goals totals for women’s lacrosse.
When we updated the career points chart heading into the 2023 season, we had to acknowledge the possibility that Shea Garcia was going to break Grace Gabriel’s record somewhat exclusively because Garcia was going to get to play a fifth season due to the dumbest pandemic of our lifetimes. That seems like it won’t be a problem for the goals record, though. Garcia currently sits in third place all time behind Gabriel and Megan Menzuber with 116 goals. Her career best came last season with 45, and even if she breaks her personal best and puts up 50, that’s still only going to get Garcia to 166 career goals, still nine short of Gabriel’s record. There have only been three 50 goal seasons in MU lacrosse history, and Gabriel has two of them, so it kind of feels unlikely that the record will fall, although Garcia seems like a shoo-in to pass Menzuber for second place.
Lydia Foust is already in the top 10, sitting at #7 all time with 97 career goals. She had a career best 40 goals a year ago, so she could pass Menzuber at 127 as well this season. One way or another — perhaps even in game #1 of the year — Foust will become Marquette’s seventh 100 goal scorer.
There’s no one else in the top 15 at the moment, but we will keep an eye on five women heading into the year. Emma Soccodato is four goals away from Kenzie Brown’s 47 after exploding for 30 goals as a junior last season, and another 30 would put her within shouting distance of Caroline Steller and the top 10. Hannah Greving had 35 goals across her first two seasons before going down with a knee injury early last season. She’s only eight away from the top 15 and could easily climb the chart quickly if she’s back to fighting form. Mary Schumar tied the single season points record last season because she tied the single season assists record, but she also had 24 goals as a junior to give her 34 in her career. Another 24 puts her into the top 13, and maybe the only thing limiting her goal scoring will be her ability to distribute. Meg Bireley fell six goals short of the single season top 10 as a freshman in 2022, and merely repeating that would launch her into the top 12 after two seasons. Leigh Steiner is in the same situation as Hannah Greving, posting 17 goals as a freshman in 2021 but losing most of 2022 to an injury. She’s 27 markers away from Brown at #15, so it feels like just a matter of time and/or ability to play after recovery for Steiner to get there.
IN SEASON UPDATE (3/22/23): I’ve added Tess Osburn to the list. The freshman from Colorado is averaging more than two goals a game this season and that would put her on pace for the high 30s/low 40s by season’s end. Yeah, better keep an eye on her.
Here’s what the chart looks like at the end of the historic 2023 season.
Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Career Goals Chart