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Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Preview: vs Georgetown

It’s the regular season finale for the Golden Eagles with conference tournament seeding on the line.

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Here’s what we know about the regular season finale for Marquette women’s lacrosse:

  • The Golden Eagles have already secured a spot in the four team Big East tournament that they’ll be hosting next week.
  • No one in the Big East has secured a seed in the tournament yet.
  • With a record of 2-2, Marquette can finish anywhere from second through fourth.

To that last item, we turn to the official Big East preview of the weekend:

Marquette’s seeding with a win is also directly affected by the VU-DU outcome as MU is the No. 3 with a win and a Villanova win, while the Golden Eagles could finish as high as No. 2 with a win and a Denver win, based on goal differential.

I could get into the particulars of whether it’s good or bad for Marquette to win and dodge the #4 seed, which is what they’ll get if they lose on Saturday. However, if Marquette does lose to Georgetown, then they will have lost to all three of the other teams in the conference tournament, so does it really matter who ends up in first to face off with them? The 21-11 loss to Denver does mean it would be preferable to avoid seeing the Pioneers until the championship game, though, and beating the Hoyas is the quickest and easiest path to that point.

One final note: Grace Gabriel is in a tight contest in the Big East to win both the goals title and the points title. She has a bit of an edge with Old Dominion’s Glory Johnson and Denver’s Quintin Hoch-Bullen as the only three women averaging a hat trick this season. Over in the points column, Gabriel is 0.36 points per game behind DU’s Eliza Radochonski with Hoch-Bullen in between the two as well. It would likely take a monster game from Gabriel to pass the pair, but that might be what it takes to be named Big East Offensive Player of the Year next week.

Big East Game #5: vs Georgetown Hoyas (9-7, 3-1 Big East)

Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 2pm Central
Location: Andy Glockner Memorial Bubble, Valley Fields, Milwaukee, WI
Streaming: Big East Digital Network on Fox Sports Go
Live Stats: Sidearm Stats
Twitter Updates: @MarquetteWLax

Marquette is 0-6 all time against Georgetown, with one meeting in every year that the Golden Eagles have played Division 1 lacrosse. Three out of the last four meetings, including last year’s game in Washington, D.C., have been decided by just one goal.

With only a loss to Denver on their record, Georgetown comes in poised to snag a share of the Big East regular season title in this game. Overall, the Hoyas have recorded losses in three of their last five games, but can you ever fault any team for losing to a ranked foe? Not really. That’s what they have in losses to the Pioneers along with Navy and Maryland.

We’re likely to see a whole mess of goals in this game, as Georgetown has a trio of 30 goal scorers on the roster to match the Marquette triad of Grace Gabriel, Charlotte McGuire, and Megan Menzuber. Morgan Ryan leads the way with 38 goals on the year, while Taylor Gebhardt and Francesca Whitehurst are actually more dangerous offensive players. Whitehurst leads the team in points, adding a Hoya high 25 assists to her 30 goals on the year, while Gebhardt “only” has 16 helpers to go with her 34 goals. Those two are amongst the eight women in the Big East averaging at least three points a game, so Marquette’s defense is going to have to do its damnedest to give the offense the chances that they need to stay in contention here.

Halle Chomo is the netminder of choice for Georgetown, racking up over 800 minutes worth of time on the year. Her 10.33 goals-against average ranks second in the Big East behind only Denver’s Carson Gregg, but she’s a little bit the product of the defense in front of her. Chomo is just barely over the 40% mark in save percentage, so if the Golden Eagles can pick their spots and angles right, they stand a solid chance of beating Chomor. She’s not even averaging six saves a game, which means that Georgetown isn’t letting shots get to her.