WLAX Minute: Kick Off To League Play

Faye Brust, Louisville

Faye Brust, Louisville

March 30, 2014

Early Season Showdown
Two of the top-three teams in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll squared off in the first weekend of conference play. Preseason favorite Georgetown hosted Louisville, which was picked to finish third, on Saturday at Multisport Field in Washington, D.C. The Cardinals claimed their third consecutive win and handed the Hoyas their fifth straight loss with a 14-13 edging. GU led for just 15 seconds in the contest, which was tied seven times. Knotted 11-11 with 18:09 to play, Louisville ripped three straight goals, including a pair by Faye Brust, to put the game out of reach for the Hoyas. Brust finished with five goals on the day, as did GU’s Caroline Tarzian. The Cardinals are the lone unranked team to defeat No. 14/15 Georgetown this season, but Louisville is receiving votes in both major polls.

Dazzling Debut
Playing its first BIG EAST Conference game in program history, Marquette defeated Cincinnati, 14-6, on Friday evening in Milwaukee, Wis. The Golden Eagles received four goals apiece from Claire Costanza and Hayley Baas, while Costanza also tallied three assists for a career-high seven points. The Bearcats scored three goals per period as MU led just 5-3 at the break before exploding for a nine-goal second period. Cincinnati was limited to just five second-half shots while committing seven turnovers in that span.

Balanced Attack
Three different players tallied hat tricks as Villanova defeated Rutgers, 14-11, in both teams’ BIG EAST openers. Shannon Galvin, Becca Hetrick and Ali Judge each recorded three goals as the Wildcats started 1-0 in league play for the first time in conference history. The Scarlet Knights had a pair of players with three goals each as RU saw its three-game winning streak come to a close. VU goalkeeper Jaclyn Fraum made 10 stops in the cage, while her season total of 7.38 saves per contest leads the BIG EAST.

High Five
Connecticut claimed its BIG EAST-best fifth victory in a row on Saturday with a 15-9 win over Temple in both teams’ league openers. Seven different players scored goals for the Huskies, including three apiece by Lauren Kahn, Katherine Finkelston and Carly Palmucci. UConn goalkeeper Shannon Nee, reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, played all 60 minutes in net, making eight saves and recording a ground ball and a caused turnover to earn her sixth victory of the season.



Weekend Schedule/Results
Friday, March 28

Marquette 14, Cincinnati 6
Saturday, March 29

Connecticut 15, Temple 9
Villanova 14, Rutgers 11
Louisville 14, Georgetown 13
Sunday, March 30

Oregon 10, Cincinnati 5