Marquette University

Marquette University Athletics Department
Al McGuire Center - 770 N. 12th Street Milwaukee, WI 53233
Division 1 Wisconsin Midwest
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Meredith Black

Meredith Black completed her ninth season and tenth year at Marquette in 2020-21. She was named the first head coach in Marquette women's lacrosse history on Feb. 4, 2011, taking over the program prior to the 2012 season, after which time she oversaw its transformation into an NCAA Division I varsity team before leading it into its first season in 2013.

The 2021 season ended with Marquette finishing 7-9 (4-6 BIG EAST) and a fifth place finish in the BIG EAST Conference. The Golden Eagles won three of their six non-conference games, defeating Oregon, Central Michigan and Kent State to ready themselves for BIG EAST play.

MU split with Villanova and won at Georgetown for the first time in program history with a convincing 15-9 victory on April 9. The Golden Eagles closed their season with two wins at Butler.

Statistically, MU ranked second in the conference in goals (214), points (303), and assists (89). MU also boasted a top-40 scoring offense nationally (13.38 goals and 18.94 points per game). A consistent theme under Black's watch, the Golden Eagles led the BIG EAST in draw controls (226) while turning the ball over just 15.44 times per game, the lowest figure in the BIG EAST.

Coach Black proved to be key in the development of redshirt senior attacker Megan Menzuber, who leaves Marquette ranking No. 2 all-time in points (178) and goals (127) and No. 5 in assists (51).

Black's 2020 squad had its season shortened because of COVID-19 and finished with a 6-4 record. The Golden Eagles won four of their five home games and boasted a lineup that featured seven girls scoring between 14 and 23 goals. Jules Horning (2017-20) became the all-time leader in saves at MU (429) while Megan Menzuber became the 10th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark.

Junior attacker Caroline Steller led the team in scoring (23 goals, 17 assists) with a breakout season in her third year on campus. She was named BIG EAST Attacker of the Week honors after scoring six goals and dishing out three assists in two games against Arizona State and Fresno State. Hannah Greving led all BIG EAST freshmen with 14 goals and was on her way to becoming MU's second consecutive BIG EAST Freshman of the Year had the season finished.

The 2019 season marked significant progress in the seventh year of Meredith Black's tenure at MU. The Golden Eagles made the postseason for the second time in as many years, making the Big East Tournament semifinals. The team earned its highest-ever seed in the conference tournament (No. 2) and hosted a Big East Tournament game at Valley Fields for the first time in program history. On senior night, Marquette set another program record after a 14-12 victory over No. 24 Georgetown, marking MU's first-ever triumph over a top-25 opponent.

Also in 2019, senior Grace Gabriel became Coach Black's first player to garner First Team All-BIG EAST honors in three consecutive seasons (2017-19). The 2018 IWLCA Second Team All-American surpassed the school's record for career points in 2019 to own Marquette's points (196), goals (172), shots (428) and draw controls (324) career records. She was also named the conference's Co-Midfielder of the Year for the second consecutive season. A program-record five players were named to the All-BIG EAST first and second teams, while freshman attacker Shea Garcia was named Coach Black's first ever BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.

Black's program had a banner year in 2018 in which it set numerous records and milestones on its way to 10 victories and a first-ever BIG EAST semifinals berth. Collectively, the Golden Eagles set records in every statistical category, including goals (244), which marked an increase of more than three goals per game from the 2016 season. The 13.56 goals per game average finished in the nation's top-30 by year's end. Individually, she had her first-ever IWLCA All-American and BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year in junior Grace Gabriel, who notched a school record in goals (56), points (67), draws (107) and caused turnovers (31). For the second-straight year, three Golden Eagles earned All-BIG EAST recognition.

The 2017 season was a year in which the offense took another step forward. Despite a 6-11 overall record with a 4-5 mark in BIG EAST play, the team scored 42 more goals than in 2016 and raised the scoring average by more than five goals per game over the last two seasons. A big factor in all of that was the production of senior attacker Julianna Shearer, who set numerous all-time program records including the single-season scoring mark with a BIG EAST-leading 55 goals. Shearer joined Grace Gabriel (unanimous selection) on the BIG EAST First Team, while Allison Lane earned all-league honors for the second consecutive year as a second team selection.

The 2016 season saw Black’s squad take a giant leap forward offensively, averaging nearly 10.5 goals per game on the way to a program-record seven wins and a tie for third place in the BIG EAST Conference, the program’s highest-ever finish in league play. For the first time, three members received All-BIG EAST honors, including two first team selections (Allison Lane, Elizabeth Goslee) and a second team pick (Julianna Shearer). Goslee became the program's first two-time all-region selection after being named to the IWLCA All-West/Midwest Second Team.

The 2015 campaign saw some early success, but it remained one of continued development and improvement for the Marquette University women's lacrosse program. Three of the team's first five games went to overtime, including a season-opening 8-7 loss to 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins in the first-ever women's lacrosse game played in Houston, Texas. After dropping it's first three contests, MU strung together three-straight wins for the first time in program history with back-to-back overtime wins on the road against Duquesne (8-7) and UC-Davis (5-4) followed by a 15-4 win over St. Mary's.

The defense shaved nearly a goal-and-a-half off its goals against average from the season prior as they held opponents to just 9.97 goals per game, which ranked third in the BIG EAST. Marquette ranked 13th-nationally as a team in caused turnovers per game (9.65) and junior Elizabeth Goslee ranked in the top-20 individually. Goslee, along with Claire Costanza, earned All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades.

The 2014 season marked the first season for the Golden Eagles as full-fledged members of the BIG EAST Conference and they picked up a victory in their first-ever league game against Cincinnati on March 28 at Valley Fields.

Following losses at a pair of top-10 teams in Johns Hopkins and Northwestern to begin 2014, Marquette reeled off wins in three of its next four contests, including back-to-back victories at Michigan and Detroit.

Those consecutive wins were a program first and the 15-9 triumph over Detroit highlighted a season-long improvement on attack. The Golden Eagles increased their offensive output by over two goals per game in 2014 and allowed three-and-a-half fewer goals against, while turning the ball over 100 fewer times.

Four athletes earned All-BIG EAST Conference Second Team honors during MU's inaugural season in the league with Amanda Bochniak, Hayley Baas, Elizabeth Goslee and Sarah Priem all earning recognition. Bochniak and sophomore Claire Costanza each posted over 20 goals and 20 assists and the attack will be bolstered in 2015 by the return from injury of Julianna Shearer, who posted 12 goals and three assists before a season-ending injury after just seven games.

The women's lacrosse program continues as a shining example in the community for the Marquette athletic department, volunteering countless hours and continuing to raise funds in an inspiring effort in the fight against pancreatic cancer. All told, over $12,000 was raised for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network during the 2014-15 academic year, bringing MU's total during its three seasons of competition to over $30,000 for the organization.

In both 2017 and 2019, the Marquette University women's lacrosse team was one of three programs in the nation to earn the IWLCA's annual Team Community Awareness Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by one team from each division on their campus and in their local community.

The former Meredith Simon arrived at Marquette after spending the previous seven years as an assistant coach at Towson, Notre Dame and the University of California-Berkeley. She helped Towson and Notre Dame to a combined four NCAA Championship appearances and coached one season at Cal where she worked with the Golden Bears' attack and goaltenders.

At Notre Dame from 2008-10, she helped the Irish to a 39-19 record in three seasons, including the 2009 BIG EAST Championship and three NCAA Championship appearances. Black coached four all-Americans (Jillian Byers, Gina Scioscia, Caitlin McKinney and Shaylyn Blaney) during that time and oversaw the 2009 team that set school records for goals (321), assists (150) and points (471), while claiming the BIG EAST title and advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship.

She took her first coaching job at Towson in 2005 after a standout career as a student-athlete at Notre Dame, and helped the Tigers to their first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title and NCAA Championship berth in school history. Following three years at Towson (2005-07) under head coach Missy Doherty, Black returned to her alma mater as an assistant under Tracy Coyne, for whom she played as an undergraduate.

During her playing career at Notre Dame, Black helped the Fighting Irish to the first two NCAA Championship appearances in school history in 2002 and 2004. She was also the school's first student-athlete to be named an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) First Team All-American in 2004, while setting the then-Notre Dame single-season scoring mark with 74 points on 46 goals and 28 assists. Black led ND to the NCAA Tournament that season and became the first ND player nominated for the Tewaaraton Award, honoring the nation's top player.

She was also a two-time All-BIG EAST First Team selection (2003 and 2004) and was named the BIG EAST Attack co-Player of the Year in 2004.

The Flemington, N.J., native concluded her career with the Irish first in school history in games played (64), third in goals (109), fourth in assists (49), third in points (158), tied for fourth in ground balls (123) and third in draw controls (91).

Black graduated from Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in American studies in 2004 and was a four-time dean's list selection. She prepped at Hunterdon Central High School in New Jersey, where she was a three-sport standout in soccer, basketball and lacrosse.

The former Meredith Simon married Adam Black in October of 2010. They currently reside in Whitefish Bay with their two daughters, Juliet (born January 2015) and Belle (born April 2018).

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Caitlin Wolf

The 2020-21 season will mark the sixth for Caitlin Fifield as a member of head coach Meredith Black's staff at Marquette University and the second as Associate Head Coach.

In five seasons with Marquette, Fifield has taken the offense to new heights. The program has gone on to set two single-season wins records, including the first 10-win season in program history in 2018, and qualified for their first-ever BIG EAST tournament berth. The 2019 season marked the first time in program history in which MU hosted a BIG EAST Tournament game, as the No. 2-seeded Golden Eagles hosted Georgetown at Valley Fields.

Upon her arrival in 2016, the Golden Eagles increased their scoring output by 49 goals, tying a team record and setting the single-season wins mark with a 7-10 finish. In 2017, the offense made another drastic improvement with a 42-goal gain and another program record with 219 goals (12.88/game) scored. The 2018 season was no different, equating to a 25-goal improvement and 244 goals (13.56/game) scored, which ranked 26th in the nation through the end of the regular season. Fifield helped then-freshman Shea Garcia achieve a breakout 2019 rookie season as she scored 29 goals on the way to BIG EAST Freshman of the Year honors.

Her 2020 team was on pace for perhaps the best offensive season in program history before it was canceled 10 games in because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Golden Eagles tallied 148 goals and 221 points overall and had seven different players score between 14 and 23 goals, creating a dynamic and balanced attack. Junior attacker Caroline Steller led the bunch with 40 points (23 goals, 17 assists) while freshman Hannah Greving led all BIG EAST freshmen with 14 goals.

MU tied a program-record with 23 goals in a decisive victory over Detroit Mercy and Megan Menzuber broke the single-game program record with seven goals against the Titans. The Golden Eagles reached also double figures in goals in eight of their 10 games in 2020.

Individually, Fifield has aided the growth of her attackers and playmakers overall. In 2017, Julianna Shearer set the BIG EAST record and Marquette record with 55 goals scored en route to a First Team All-BIG EAST nod and IWLCA All-Region honors.

However, that record was short-lived as Grace Gabriel bested the mark by one in 2018. She also set program records for points (67), draw controls (107) and caused turnovers (31) on her way to a slew of postseason honors, including IWLCA All-American, BIG EAST Co-Midfielder of the Year and her second-straight first team all-league honor. Additionally, Cate Soccodato (39; school record) and Riley Hill (34) combined for 73 assists, which ranked in the top-five league-wide and top-25-nationally.

During Fifield's time with the Golden Eagles, they've been one of the best in the country at securing draw controls. During the 2019 season, MU ranked No. 1 in the BIG EAST and No. 25 nationally in DC's with an average of 14.56 per game. When Fifield arrived, MU averaged just 8.65 draws per game in 2015 (last in the BIG EAST). Additionally, the Golden Eagles have boasted the BIG EAST’s leader in draws per game in each of the past four seasons. Grace Gabriel did it for the fourth consecutive year after finishing 2019 with 119 draws (6.61 draws/game.).

Off the field, Fifield has been instrumental in the implementation of community service programs the team has been involved in. In both 2017 and 2019, the Marquette University women's lacrosse team was one of three programs in the nation to earn the IWLCA's annual Team Community Awareness Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions by one team from each division on their campus and in their local community.

Fifield comes to Marquette following an impressive playing career at the University of Richmond and two seasons as assistant coach at Wagner College. While at Wagner, the Seahawks matched a school-record with 11 wins during the 2014 season en route to its first Northeast Conference championship game appearance.

The North Babylon, N.Y. native spent five seasons at Richmond and capped her career with one of the school’s top single-season performances in program history en route to a first team All-Atlantic 10 selection and a place on the Tewaarton Watch List as a redshirt-senior in 2013. Fifield started every game, recording 72 points, including 24 assists – both of which rank in the school’s all-time single season top-10 lists.

She finished her career fourth on the all-time list in goals (174), seventh in assists (55) and third in points (229) for the Spiders. Fifield was a two-time First Team All-A10 selection, a second team choice in 2011 and an All-Rookie Team honoree in 2009.

Also in 2009, she was a member of the Canadian National Team and earned a Top-34 roster spot in the summer of 2012. In 2016, she made it to the second round of tryouts as Team Canada looked to select its roster for the 2017 FIL World Cup held in London.

Fifield began building a solid coaching foundation while serving as a club coach and college camp counselor since 2008. Since then, she has served as head coach of the Long Island Elite Yellow Jackets’ Club Team where she gained valuable experience running practices and coordinating the offense.

She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Richmond and her master’s in education from Wagner.

A graduate of North Babylon High School, Fifield was a two-time US Lacrosse All-American and a two-time Academic All-American.

Fifield currently resides in Milwaukee with her husband, Matt. They were married on Sept. 12, 2020.

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Jill Rizzo

Jill Rizzo was hired as an assistant coach for the Marquette women's lacrosse team in June 2021. She joins head coach Meredith Black and associate head coach Caitlin Wolf on the coaching staff.

Rizzo comes to MU after a phenomenal career on the field as Ohio State's goalie from 2016-21. She was a five-year starter (COVID year in 2020) in college and saved a program-record 777 shots, which is No. 1 among current NCAA women's lacrosse players. She tallied a .469 save percentage and won 28 games as a starter during her time in Columbus. Her 203 career ground balls also put her at No. 2 all-time among NCAA players.

"I am beyond grateful for the opportunity provided by coach Black to join the Marquette women's lacrosse coaching staff," Rizzo said. "I am honored to be a part of the rich culture of excellence at Marquette University and I'm so excited to get started!"

A four-time team captain at OSU, Rizzo was named Second Team All-Midwest Region and Second Team All-Big Ten in 2021. She played in 70 of 71 games in five-year career, starting 69 of them. Not only is she OSU's all-time leader in saves (772), but she's the only Buckeye with more than 600 saves in her career.

Although this will be her first experience as an assistant coach, Coach Black believes that Rizzo's leadership and on-field experience will translate seamlessly into her coaching career.

"I am so excited for the addition of Jill to our program," Black said. "Her experience and success as a goalie at the Division I level speaks for itself. She has an extremely high-level lacrosse IQ and I know she will work wonders with our defense and goalies as our new assistant coach. Jill is very motivated and eager to jump in and make us better."

A two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, she was also a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. Rizzo ranked second among active players in career saves per game (11.03), and ground balls (203) while ranking fifth with 2.90 ground balls per game. During OSU's 2020 matchup with the Golden Eagles, Rizzo started in net and saved 17 shots in a 16-14 win.

The Queensbury, N.Y., native earned her Ohio State degree in business administration in the Spring of 2020 and enrolled in graduate school for sport management.

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