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.
Here, we’re going to talk about women’s lacrosse, and the all-time points chart.
The 2021 season is going to be an interesting one for MU women’s lacrosse. The Golden Eagles got in 10 games last season before the pandemic shut the season down. That, in theory, should have ended Megan Menzuber’s attack on the all-time points list, since she was a senior. But the NCAA gave everyone in a spring sport an extra year of eligibility, and so she’s back for another go-round. Menzuber ended 2020 at #8 on the all-time points chart, and her six goals and three assists in Marquette’s 2021 opener has jumped her past Julianna Shearer and Allison Lane and into 6th place.
Now, she’s not going to average nine points a match. The last time there was a full season, Menzuber put up 2.4 points per game, and in 2020, she had 3.7 per game. MU has 14 more regular season games scheduled. If Menzuber can average 3.7 again this year, that’s enough to launch her into second place all-time by the end of the season. She has something of a legitimate chance to chase down Grace Gabriel’s record of 199 at that point. Can she average five points a game the rest of the way? That’s what it would take.
We’ll also be watching Shea Garcia, Caroline Steller, Madison Kane, and Lydia Foust this year. Garcia starts the year in 11th place all time with 65 points, and Steller is right behind her in 12th at 61 points. Garcia had 38 points as a freshman in 2019 and averaged 2.8 per game in 2020. She did not play against Cincinnati, so her availability may be her biggest limitation this season. Steller had two goals against the Bearcats to move up to 63 points in her career. She posted four points per game in 2020 to lead the team with 40 total points, and she’s on track to be neck and neck all year with Garcia to become the 11th Golden Eagle to record 100 career points.
Like Garcia, Kane did not play against the Bearcats. That leaves her at 49 points through three years of competition, but that’s only seven behind 14th place Nicole Gleason. If Kane gets on the field, she should be able to contribute more than enough to move into the top 15 for sure after averaging 2.4 points per game in 2020. Foust is a junior this year, and she ended the 2020 campaign with 36 career points after leading MU in goals with 25. Three goals and two assists against the Bearcats has Foust north of 40 points and closing in on both Kane and Gleason. Her 2020 scoring pace would launch her past 80 points at the end of the 2021 regular season, but she averaged four points per game in MU’s final seven games. If she can best that this year, Foust might outpace Steller and Garcia to get to 100 first.
More as a note to myself, I want to mention Caroline Peterson and Hannah Greving here. Peterson ended her junior year in 2020 with 29 career points after tallying 20 in 10 games. That kind of production over a 15 game season could propel her towards the top 15. Greving was a freshman last year and ended the year with 16 points. She’s a long ways off from approaching the top 15.... but 16 points in 10 games as a freshman, all off the bench, is pretty great work. We’ll keep an eye on both women.
Here’s what the chart looks like at the end of the 2021 season.
Marquette Women’s Lacrosse All-Time Points Chart