Marquette Wire

PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

Photo by Kate Holstein

Photo by Kate Holstein

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Marquette (9-4, 5-0 BIG EAST) will head to Gainesville, Florida Saturday to take on the No. 9 Florida Gators (10-3, 5-0 BIG EAST) to achieve two program-firsts: a victory over the Gators and a first-place ranking in the BIG EAST Conference standings. The Golden Eagles have lost all three games its played against Florida in program history.

Assistant Coach Caitlin Fifield said the team is confident because of its fast start, but isn’t taking anything for granted.

“We’re high-tuned into us and we’re going to respect Florida and know it’s going to be a battle for sure and definitely a tight game,” Fifield said.

Marquette is coming off a 13-11 victory against Vanderbilt. Junior midfielder Grace Gabriel scored her 51st goal of the season against the Commodores, putting her just four shy of 2017 alumna Julianna Shearer’s program record for goals in a season.

“Grace has always been, you know, a great goal scorer for us,” Fifield said. “Right now, she has six or seven people she can really trust down there and work well with.”

Gabriel is going to have competition against the Gators lead attacker senior Shayna Pirreca, who has 39 goals on the season and scored a season-high of six against North Carolina.

While Pirreca will put the Golden Eagles’ defense to work, the Marquette line has proven itself up to the challenge, limiting opponents to 11.85 goals per game, or fourth out of 10 BIG EAST teams.

Perhaps the only thing more tenacious than Marquette’s defense has been its effort in the draw control circle. Marquette leads the conference with 16.31 controls per game.

“We try and have a new mindset every draw,” Fifield said. “If we get scored on, we’re ready to attack and just be aggressive and kind of focus on the full 60 minutes going forward.”

The refreshed mindset will be fundamental for six-foot senior midfielder Allison Lane, who has controlled 61 draws, second only to Gabriel.

The first draw is set for 11 a.m. CT and the game is viewable on Florida’s YouTube page.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

About the Writer
Meghan Rock, Executive Sports Producer

Meghan is the executive sports producer for the Marquette Wire. She is a junior majoring in journalism and minoring in digital media. She previously worked as a sports reporter for the Wire. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Men's Basketball

    PHOTO GALLERY: Men’s basketball wins second game at Fiserv Forum

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Sports

    Volleyball sweeps Xavier for final regular-season road match

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Sports

    Women’s basketball dominates in blowout of Northern Iowa

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Men's Soccer

    Men’s soccer loses in BIG EAST Championship to Georgetown

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Men's Basketball

    Three takeaways: Despite turnovers, points in the paint help Marquette defeat BCU

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Men's Basketball

    Howard scores 37 in Marquette’s 92-59 win over Bethune-Cookman

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Sports

    Volleyball routs Butler in straight sets

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Sports

    King scores 1000th point in Marquette’s blowout over Montana State

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Men's Soccer

    Marquette beats Creighton in penalty kicks, advances to BIG EAST Championship

  • PREVIEW: Women’s lacrosse set for showdown with No. 9 Florida

    Men's Basketball

    Three takeaways: Depth helps Marquette in home opener