Golden Eagles Fall on the Road at Louisville
Feb. 11, 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team closed out a two-game season opening road trip with a 16-8 setback at Louisville on Sunday.
A slow start was nearly erased as Marquette cut a big first half deficit to 9-7 early in the second half, but Louisville responded with a 7-0 run to pull away with a victory in its home opener.
Junior Grace Gabriel led Marquette with five goals on a career-high 10 shots, dominating the free position with a 3-for-4 conversion rate. Senior Allison Lane chipped in her third goal of the season, while Logan Dobratz and Megan Menzuber each scored their first.
Marquette controlled the draw circle, 17-9, led by Gabriel’s eight draws and Lane’s seven. However, turnovers devastated MU as Louisville turned extra possessions into goals. Tessa Chad led all players with five goals on the day, scoring twice after Caroline Blalock (4 goals) was issued her second yellow card and sent off for the final 16 minutes.
Louisville goalie Lexi Ball didn’t make it easy on MU either, making six second-half saves en route to a seven-save performance. Sophomore Julianna Horning made five saves in her second straight start before being relieved by Sophia Leva, who notched three saves in her Marquette debut.
The host Cardinals raced out to a 6-1 advantage in the first half before the Golden Eagles finally gained a rhythm at both the offensive and defensive ends of the field. Over the final 13-plus minutes of the opening period, Marquette outscored Louisville, 4-2, to enter the locker room with a manageable 8-5 deficit.
The Golden Eagles now look ahead to its home opener against Central Michigan on Friday, Feb. 16. First draw is slated for 3 p.m. Central time. First 100 fans receive free Marquette roll-a-banners.
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