Women's Lax Falls in 2OT to No. 16/17 Hopkins, 8-7

Emily Donovan helped MU erase a two-goal deficit in the second frame.
Feb. 8, 2015

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HOUSTON - Claire Costanza's second goal with 18 seconds left in the first overtime forced a second extra session, but the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell to No. 16/17 Johns Hopkins, 8-7, on Sunday afternoon at Carl Lewis Field in Houston.

“Today was a definitely bittersweet game because I’m proud of how the team played,” Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. ”I’m proud of how Hopkins went ahead by two goals in overtime and we still came back to push it into a second overtime. You can’t ask for anything more than that. We played every second of that game as a team and I am proud of that. I would have loved to see a win at the end, but we are going to learn a lot from this game.”

The game was the first NCAA Division I game played in Houston as part of the UH Women Empowered initiative.

“The event was awesome,” Black said. “It was such a great experience. The weather and atmosphere for lacrosse today were amazing. It was a special environment and might be something we look forward to doing in the future.”

Costanza scored the first and last goals of the game for Marquette (0-1), which trailed 5-3 with nine minutes remaining in regulation. Taylor Smith and Emily Donovan scored the final two goals of the second half to tie the game 5-5 heading into the first overtime.

Kristen Cannon scored the first two goals of the first extra session for John Hopkins (1-0) to give the Blue Jays a 7-5 lead. MU's Nicole Gleason potted her first of the season on a shot which deflected off JHU goalie Caroline Federico's stick with 2:24 remaining before Costanza's tying goal.

Alexis Maffucci scored her second of the game just 33 seconds into the second overtime to end things with the Blue Jays down a player following a yellow card to Emily Kenul.

Marquette controlled action through much of the first half, recording a 13-11 edge in shots and a 9-7 advantage in ground balls, but entered the break with the score tied 3-3. MU goalie Sarah Priem notched five saves in the first half and a game-high eight for the contest.

“Our clears went well and our goalkeeping was great today,” Black said. “We were able to possess the ball, which is very important for our team. Holding them to less than 10 goals was also huge.”

For the game, the Blue Jays out-shot Marquette 27-23, held a 16-12 advantage on ground balls and won 13-of-19 draw controls.

“We have to regroup and get back on track,” Black said. “We have to work on the details and get better every single day.”

The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. Central time in Boulder, Colorado against the University of Colorado.




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