Marquette Releases Schedule for First Big East Lacrosse Season

MILWAUKEE Marquette University has announced its schedule for the 2014 season, its second year in NCAA Division I and first as a full member of the Big East Conference.

"I am very excited about our team's development as we enter into our second year of competition," head coach Meredith Black said. "We still have a lot of growing to do, but the confidence level of the team has risen and everyone understands the work it takes to get to where we want to be."

The Golden Eagles, who concluded their inaugural campaign as NCAA Division I Independents at 2-15 overall, will play 17 games again in 2014, including a full slate of seven games against Big East members.

"It is exciting to enter into the Big East officially this year and have the tournament as a goal for which to strive," Black said. "We got a taste of what the conference will look like last year and now it is our chance to go out and compete. The second year will bring different hurdles than the first brought, but we are more prepared to tackle those challenges and move forward."

Marquette played every Big East program in 2013, but not as part of a conference schedule. As full conference members they are eligible for one of four spots in the league's annual championship on May 1-3 in Washington, D.C.

Marquette opens the 2014 season on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Johns Hopkins in a homecoming of sorts for Maryland-natives Kenzie Brown, Julianna Shearer and Amanda Bochniak. The game is slated for 11:00 a.m. Central time at historic Homewood Field.

The Golden Eagles will have 10 days off following their season opener before heading to Lakeside Field in Evanston, Ill., for a meeting with seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The meeting marks the first regular season contest for the two programs, which have met in fall ball during each of the previous two academic years. The Wildcats went 19-3 in 2013 and advanced to the NCAA Final Four.

After having a year of firsts in 2013, Marquette will take its part in another program's record book on Friday, Feb. 28 when it heads to Oosterbaan Field House in Ann Arbor, Mich., for Michigan's first home game. The Wolverines will compete as members of the American Lacrosse Conference during their inaugural season before joining the newly formed Big Ten Women's Lacrosse Conference in 2015.

The Golden Eagles will remain in southeastern Michigan following the game at U of M and will face Detroit Mercy at Titan Field in Detroit on Sunday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. CT. MU defeated the Titans, 11-10, on March 3, 2013 at Valley Fields for its first home win.

Marquette will host its first home contest of the year on Friday, March 7 at 1:00 p.m. against Duquesne in a rematch of last season's home opener, an 11-7 loss to the Dukes.

On Wednesday, March 12 the Golden Eagles will host Coastal Carolina looking for their second win in as many years over the Chanticleers. MU picked up its first win in program history over CCU on Feb. 17, 2013 at a freezing Brooks Stadium in Conway, S.C. Freshman midfielder Haley Baas scored the game-winner in double overtime for the 12-11 victory.

MU will then hit the road for a contest at Harvard on Saturday, March 15 and will play at Coach Black's alma mater, Notre Dame, on Wednesday, March 19. Winthrop, Marquette's opponent in its first game last season, will make the trek to Milwaukee for a noon game on Sunday, March 23 before the Golden Eagles kick off Big East Conference action on Friday, March 28 against Cincinnati.

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