Taylor Madigan scored the Golden Eagles' golden goal 18 seconds into overtime to lift 15th-ranked Marquette over defending National Champion Notre Dame, 3-2, at Valley Fields.
In a back-and-forth affair, Ashley Stemmeler opened the scoring for MU, notching a goal just 30 seconds into the match, but Notre Dame countered in the 63rd minute to tie the score at 1.
Marquette answered just three minutes later, as Maegan Kelly let loose a low drive that found the back of the netting for the go-ahead goal. Notre Dame then responded yet again with an equalizer in the 71st minute and the two teams battled back and forth in the final moments until overtime.
After dropping the first two sets 25-22 and 25-14, Marquette rallied back to beat Seton Hall in five sets, with 25-21, 25-19, and 15-12 victories in the final three sets.
Trailing 19-17 in the third set and coming out of a timeout, Ciera Jones unleashed back-to-back crucial kills to even the set. She then combined with junior middle hitter Danielle Carlson for a block to give Marquette a 21-20 lead. From there, three straight attack errors from the Pirates gave Marquette their first life in the match, a 25-21 third set victory.
In the fourth set, the Golden Eagles were tested yet again, as Seton Hall opened an early 10-4 advantage, but Beyer and Jones once again rose to the occasion late in the set and had a couple of huge go-ahead kills. A few big attack errors ultimately cost Seton Hall the set, which the Golden Eagles took 25-19.
In the deciding fifth set, Beyer took control with four big kills and a service ace. Beyer's kill at 3-2 gave the Golden Eagles the lead for good, and her 16th and final kill put the match away for Marquette. The team mobbed Beyer on the court, and the Marquette women's soccer team erupted from the stands to celebrate as well.
Down late yet again, Jae Crowder scored six points to lead Marquette during a decisive 14-2 run, and the third-seeded Golden Eagles pulled away from Murray State for a 62-53 victory hat sent MU into a second-straight Sweet 16.
After two layups from Davante Gardner late in the game, Crowder took a charge and then came down to the other end and coolly drilled a 3, sending the outnumbered Marquette fans into a frenzy. Even Father Pilarz was pumping his fist and screaming, "We are! Marquette!"
We were a couple plays from closing the game out, and I just wanted to make the next big play," said Crowder, the Big East player of the year. "I knew at that time it was big in the game, and it was the next big stop that we needed."
2011-12 Game of the Year