Marquette Announces Schedule for Inaugural Lacrosse Season

MILWAUKEE - Marquette University has announced its 2013 schedule for the program's inaugural campaign, which features seven home games and contests against three 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship participants.

"We are pleased to announce our first regular season schedule in program history, which should provide us with top-level competition and a chance to see where we stack up nationally," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "Our schedule, which includes games against multiple newer programs as well as future conference opponents, was designed to give us an opportunity to face teams in similar situations to our own."

Marquette's season gets underway with a trip to South Carolina for the program's first-ever regular-season game on Friday, Feb. 15 at Winthrop. After the season lid-lifter, MU will head down the road to Conway, S.C. to play Coastal Carolina on Feb. 17. The trip will be a homecoming of sorts for redshirt freshman midfielder and Moore, S.C., native Anna Muzika.

MU will return to Milwaukee on Saturday, Feb. 23 for its first home contest when it welcomes assistant coach Courtney Tamasitis' alma mater, Duquesne, to Valley Fields. Face-off for the match is slated for noon Central Time.

The Golden Eagles will host Detroit on March 3 before going on a West Coast swing during spring break to play St. Mary's (March 10), San Diego State (March 14) and USC (March 16). The contest against the Aztecs will be a highlight for redshirt freshman defender Alex Winey, who returns to play in her hometown.

Following the three-game road trip, MU will cap the month of March with three-consecutive home games of its own. The Golden Eagles will open the home-stand against Harvard (March 19), prior to facing future Big East Conference-foes Villanova on Friday, March 22 and Rutgers on Sunday, March 24.

Marquette will play the 2013 campaign as an independent before joining the Big East Conference as a full-time member in 2014.

"Although not required by the Big East, we chose to play a full league schedule because we thought it would be in our best interest to gauge where we are and where we need to be when we are fully incorporated into the conference in 2014," Black said.

A pair of road games against Cincinnati (April 5) and Louisville (April 7) will continue the stretch of contests against future conference opponents. Both the Bearcats and the Cardinals failed to win a home game during the 2012 campaign.

Marquette hosts its final home matches at Valley Fields against Georgetown on April 12 and Loyola (Md.) on April 14. The game against the Greyhounds is MU's Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Game, with all proceeds from the game going to support pancreatic cancer awareness and research.

"Pancreatic cancer holds personal significance because one of my best friend's mothers passed away from the disease and I thought it would be great cause for us to support," Black said. "We have a few players on the team who have lost their grandparents from the disease and it is something we feel needs greater awareness." Last season, Loyola earned a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Championship and advanced to the second round, before falling to Maryland, 17-11.

Marquette will take to the road once again, traveling to face Connecticut on April 19 and 2012 national runner-up Syracuse on Sunday, April 21. The Orange is coming off a school-record 19-win season, which concluded with an 8-6 loss to Northwestern in the national title game.

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