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.
We’re going to look at the women’s lacrosse record book for draw controls in this one.
Emily Cooper is now just one draw control away from becoming the fourth Golden Eagle to ever record 100 in a career. She wrapped up her 10 game junior campaign with 91, and then posted another eight in MU’s 2021 opener against Cincinnati. Cooper is easily on pace to pass Julianna Shearer in third place at 104 draw controls. Her 6.3 per game pace a year ago extrapolated to the rest of this season would give her another 88, which means she’ll be in range to chase down Allison Lane’s #2 mark of 183. Grace Gabriel’s record of 332 remains untouchable for now.
There’s two more women to keep an eye on here. Erin Dowdle posted 38 in just 10 games last year after getting 37 in 2019, so she’s all the way up in seventh place all-time right now. With 76 already, she can easily become the fifth Golden Eagle with 100 in her career. Ellie Henry will probably get there one day, but probably not in 2021. As a redshirt freshman last season, she was second on the team behind Cooper with 44. That was already good enough to be tied for the 11th most in program history, and by adding three more against Cincinnati, Henry is now one away from tying Fran Meyer for the 10th most in MU history. She can go zipping past a few people in the back end of the top 10, and we’ll wait to see if she can attack that 100 DC plateau. 4.4 per game, her pace from a year ago, would give her 60 more this season, and that would put her over 100 for sure. Can she do that again? It’s definitely possible if she’s splitting controls relatively evenly with Cooper and Dowdle.
Here’s the full chart at the end of the 2021 season.
Marquette Women’s Lacrosse All-Time Draw Controls Chart