Mirkes was Marquette’s lone competitor in Fayetteville, looking to advance to the national finals in Eugene. There were 48 participants in the women’s high jump, with Mirkes coming in seeded in a tie for 32nd best jump in the West Region this outdoor season. Mirkes tied her best jump of the season on the third height, 1.76 meters, but missed all three jumps at 1.81 meters. That would have been a new school record, both indoor and outdoor, but it was still good enough to tie her best finish in two previous trips to the West Prelims.
We could talk about stats and that kind of thing, but here's the deal: The defenseman from Maryland missed four games with a broken hand this season and was still named an All-American by the US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. This is his second straight honorable mention All-American honors, making Woodward just the second Marquette player to ever earn AA honors twice. If he does this again next year, he'll be the program's first ever three-time All-American.
The 5'7" forward was a freshman at LSU Shreveport in 2021 where he recorded 11 goals and two assists in 18 matches played. Three of his goals went as game winners for the Pilots.
Pare is the second transfer to join the Golden Eagles this offseason after grad transfer Ben Barkley made the move from Tulsa in December.
It would appear that the university plans on closing the Rec Center sometime soon, as the building will be gutted for an $80 million renovation plan that will add a three story tower to the building to house the Marquette Counseling Center as well as the Medical Clinic.
"The facility will combine completely renovated portions of the Rec Center, including significantly updated facades with added windows, with a newly constructed three-story wellness tower that will sit in the core of the facility. All interior building systems will be replaced. Using an existing building footprint and some of its structures supports sustainability and fiscal responsibility.
President Lovell says the goal is to complete the estimated $80 million, 180,000-square-foot facility by the end of 2024, contingent on funding."
There will be nine new faces and one returning face on the Golden Eagles' roster in the fall. Five of the 10 total players are transfers into the program, including defender Katie Koker who is returning to Marquette after two seasons at Minnesota and sitting out the 2021 fall season. Transfers Aislinn Boyle, Molly Keiper, and Isabella Cook have already completed their transfer and are enrolled at MU and training with Frank Pelaez's team.
The Marquette sophomore forward is one of 30 players honored by the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which hands out the Naismith Award to the player determined to be the best player in the country at the end of the season.
Marquette's conference is paying tribute to the barnstorming era of basketball, in particular the important contributions of black athletes.
"During the month of February, the BIG EAST Conference will celebrate Black History Month by partnering with the Black Fives Foundation, a nonprofit public charity whose mission is to research, preserve, showcase, teach, and honor the pre-NBA history of African Americans in basketball, to host 22 games honoring Black athletes, coaches, and communities who played a critical part in America's basketball history."
On Wednesday, February 2, Marquette's men's team will be honoring the Milwaukee Colored Panthers, while on Sunday, February 6, Marquette's women's team will be honoring Smarter Set.
Three members of the recruiting class are in the Prep Volleyball top 150, led by Ella Holmstrom, a 6'1" outside hitter from Rockford, Illinois, who is the #42 recruit in the class. Natalie Ring, a 6'1" outside hitter from Madison, Wisconsin, was a AVCA high school Second Team All-American this past fall.
The fifth year grad student was named Honorable Mention All-American by the AVCA at the end of the 2021 women's volleyball season. Here's the MU rundown of what Wolf accomplished in her final year at Marquette:
"Wolf led all of NCAA Division I volleyball with eight triple-doubles on the year and was among the BIG EAST's leaders in hitting percentage (ninth, .300), kills (10th, 2.86/set), assists (12th, 5.41/set), service aces (32 total aces), and digs (2.81/set). The graduate student rarely left the court, serving as both a right side hitter and setter in MU's 6-2 offense on her way to BIG EAST Conference Co-Player of the Year honors. She was also a two-time Horizon League Player of the Year during her tenure at Green Bay. "
Next up: The NCAA Great Lakes Regional.