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Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Preview: at Kennesaw State

The Golden Eagles take to the road for the first of seven straight games away from Milwaukee.

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ROAD TRIP! ROAD TRIP! ROAD TRIP!

Okay, so it’s not really a road trip as you’d normally think of a road trip. The Marquette women’s lacrosse team isn’t leaving campus for a month. That would be crazy. They’ll go in and out over the weekends and be back for classes in the interim. HOWEVER, Marquette will not play another home game until Northwestern comes to town on March 23rd, so, yeah: ROAD TRIP!

It’s going to be an important stretch of seven games for the Golden Eagles. Marquette has never lost to any of the seven opponents that they’ll see, although that does include a few new faces. This run will essentially wrap up non-conference play for MU as well. The first home game back will be a non-conference date with Northwestern, but you could almost include that in this road trip stretch, as it will come two days after the seventh game of the run. After that, it’s just five Big East games, and boom, that’s it for the regular season. Whatever Marquette wants to do or be this season, they’re going to have to get all of those things ironed out over the next seven games, all while dealing with the constant barrage of travel related items along the way as well.

Marquette could reasonably be a contender in the Big East this season. But in order for that to be the case, they’re going to have to prove that they have it in them. The second half against Cincinnati last weekend is a good sign for MU that they have the tenacity to contend with anyone..... they just can’t find themselves trailing by nine goals with only 26 minutes left before letting that tenacity show itself.

Game #5: at Kennesaw State Fighting Owls (0-2)

Date: Saturday, February 22, 2019
Time: Noon Central
Location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium, Kennesaw, GA
Streaming: ESPN+, which means you need a subscription.
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

Marquette is 2-0 all time against Kennesaw State, with each meeting coming in the last two seasons. The Golden Eagles won big in Georgia in the first meeting, 20-7, but last year’s meeting in Milwaukee was much closer, 15-10.

While last year’s meeting may have been on the close side, there’s a certain amount of evidence to tell us that Marquette may perhaps be heavily favored here. KSU opened up the year with two road games, and neither went well for them. First it was a 14-7 loss to Arizona State, then it was a 20-11 loss to Vanderbilt. It’s the ASU game that’s particularly telling, as the Sun Devils are in year two of Division 1 action right now. Arizona State just slowly walked away from the Owls, while Vanderbilt turned a 4-4 tie into a 14-6 halftime lead.

With all of that said, it’s worth noting that Siena Gore was named Preseason Player of the Year in the Atlantic Sun conference, while Maura Palandro is the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. That’s pretty notable.... especially when you consider that KSU as a team was picked to finish fourth in the A-Sun. Gore broke the A-Sun’s record for goals in a season, so it’s hard to argue against the pick there, and she does have eight goals already this season. Palandro hasn’t quite put up the same kind of numbers on the other end, which you would expect given how the overall results have gone. She had recorded five ground balls and two caused turnovers, which isn’t exactly bad, either.

Alex Bunn will presumably be in net for the Owls, as she’s played every minute so far this season. She redshirted last season, but did get 13 starts in 2017, including against Marquette in the 20-7 Golden Eagles win. She played all but the final 10 minutes and allowed 18 of the goals while making 12 saves. That’s somewhat along the lines what she’s been doing this season, with 27 saves in two games.