With the Marquette women’s lacrosse season getting started on Friday, it’s time to take stock of what head coach Meredith Black has for her seventh season at the helm. We’ve already taken stock of the returning players on the roster, which means it’s time to look at the freshmen on the roster here. We’ll wrap up the season preview down the road with a few questions that we have about the season in general.
This is our look at the freshmen on the roster, which involves 10 players in their first year of college at Marquette and one redshirt freshman transfer from San Diego State. Somehow, the transfer might be the player that’s most familiar with the Golden Eagles and how head coach Meredith Black runs her show. Be sure to keep all of our discussion of the returning players in mind when looking at this runthrough to see who has a good shot of finding their way into a notable role in the lineup or at the very least in the rotation.
The Golden Eagles have just two new attackers on the roster this season, and this is where we find MU’s inbound transfer. Lindsey Hill comes to Marquette by way of San Diego State, and the more adept and aware readers may have already unraveled the riddle as to why she might be the one most familiar with Meredith Black’s operation. Yes, she absolutely is Riley Hill’s younger sister. She did not appear in a game for the Aztecs, so Hill will be a redshirt freshman for Marquette this season. Hill’s prep teams made it to at least the New York state semifinals in each of her four years of action, and in three years at St. John the Baptist, she amassed 135 goals and 74 assists. That’s not too shabby, especially when you take into account that she was the conference’s Offensive MVP each of those three years.
Marquette’s other new attacker is Shea Garcia, who hails from Manhasset, New York. Her official bio doesn’t list any scoring totals for her, which seems like a problem when you’re talking about an attacker. However, it does mention that she was named All-County and All-State as a senior, and that seems pretty important. Also important: Being named to the All-State tournament team and earning MVP honors for the state semifinals, presumably all as a senior as well. As we talked about a little bit in the returning players article, Marquette doesn’t have a particularly deep pool of attackers on the roster, so it’s possible that both Hill and Garcia could find a way into the rotation.
The midfield makes up the heavy majority of Marquette’s freshman class, with six of the 11 women falling under this heading. As you’d expect, it’s a pretty heavily decorated group, because that’s what happens when you’re good enough to play collegiate lacrosse.
Let’s start our discussion off with Lauren Shaw, purely based on stats. It’s impressive when you can average more than 50 goals per season in high school, and that’s what she did with 213 goals and 78 assists. She was all-conference and all-county three times out in New Jersey, which is pretty neat. The official Marquette bios only lists stats for four of the six women in this group, but Rebecca Cappaert is the only other one with career numbers. The Missouri native set Visitation Academy’s career record for points with 184, putting up 157 goals to get there. She also had 332 draw controls, 126 ground balls, and 100 caused turnovers, and those are some pretty impressive numbers. As you’d probably expect, Cappaert was a four-time all-conference selection in high school, including three First Team honors. Check out this article on her from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for a bit of her background, including her time as a youth gymnast.
We know senior year stats for both Abbey Lippold and Caroline Blandford. Lippold had 43 goals and 39 assists as a senior for Arrowhead High School right here in Wisconsin. She did earn all-conference honors all four years in high school, so I’d like to think that her production was pretty steady across the board. Arrowhead did win their fifth straight state lacrosse title back in June, and it was Lippold scoring two early goals to pave the way to the 6-4 win. Blandford had 40 goals and 11 assists out in Maryland as a senior, which helped her earn Offensive MVP and Co-Player of the Year in Kent Island’s conference. I tracked down this two minute clip of Blandford’s play on YouTube, but keep in mind that it’s from 2016.
That leaves us with Rory Callahan and Lydia Foust. Callahan comes to Marquette from California and earned US Lacrosse All-American honors while leading a top West Coast team. Foust is also a California native, hailing from Redwood City. While she was the best midfielder in their conference, she was also a Second Team performer in the conference in basketball, too. There are two YouTube highlight clips for Foust up on YouTube, and it appears that she’s the one editing them together, too.
As was the case with the attacking end of the field, MU has two new defenders with the program this season. Both women are heavily decorated prep players, so we’ll see if they can nudge their way onto the field. Maria Mulvihill comes to Marquette from Hinsdale, Illinois, where she attended Hinsdale Central. She was an All-State selection three times in her prep career and her official Marquette bio says she was named an All-American following a state title as a senior. Some Googling proves that true, as the honor came from US Lacrosse. That seems good. This news article on Hinsdale’s state title actually focuses on Mulvihill and her path to the title. I dug up a Hudl page for Mulvihill, but it hasn’t been updated since 2016. There are a bunch of videos, though.
MU’s other new defender is Minnesota native Ellie Henry, and let me tell you, she has stacked up one seriously interesting track through high school. Not only was she team captain and voted MVP as a senior, not only was she a Minnesota Miss Lacrosse finalist, not only was she a two-time All-American (shouts to US Lacrosse again), not only did her prep team win three straight state titles and finish as runner up once, but she also had internships with two surgeons during her senior year, went on a mission trip to Peru, and did youth ministry for middle school kids. BUSY, and also very dedicated and focused, both on the field and off of it. It sounds like she’ll be a wonderful addition to the Marquette community.
The Golden Eagles add one freshman goalkeeper to the roster this season in Delaney Friel. As we discussed with the returning players, the starting netminder job belongs to Jules Horning. Nothing against Sophia Leva, of course, but the back-up spot is always in flux, and Friel could make things competitive in practice if nothing else. The Huntington, New York, native was a two year starter for her high school team and compiled a .550 save percentage in that time. As a senior, she stopped 60% of shots on goal, and that is absolutely insane. If you can track towards 50% in college, you’re doing something massively right, and thus I have to figure that Friel could push to earn minutes here and there. She also earned a spot as an alternate on Ireland’s FIL World Cup team in 2017. Ireland went 5-2 in that event and finished in 13th place out of the 25 teams, so it’s pretty impressive that a 17 year old Friel even made her way to status as an alternate.