Women's Lacrosse Falls at Winthrop, 17-7, in Inaugural Contest
Feb. 15, 2013
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team fell to Winthrop, 17-7, in its inaugural game Friday evening at Eagle Field in Rock Hill, S.C.
Winthrop (2-1) was paced by freshman Claire Feeney’s seven goals, including four in the opening period.
Winthrop led by as many 13 goals at 15-2 before MU cut into the Eagles’ advantage with five-straight goals midway through the second half. Costanza netted a pair of goals during that stretch as did Gleason. Costanza also assisted on both of Gleason’s tallies. Hooker added her second of the night at the 12:50 mark.
Hooker, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native, scored the first goal in program history with 24:58 left in the first half. Hooker cut up the right wing into the eight-meter arc and fired a shot past Winthrop goalie Camille King.
Brown tallied MU’s second marker of the contest by beating King past her right shoulder, painting the upper left corner of the cage for the goal.
Winthrop took a 10-2 advantage into the half with a 20-6 edge in shots. WU held a 38-16 edge in shots for the contest.
The game also marked the first home game ever for Winthrop, which began its first season of competition Feb. 8 at Howard.
The Golden Eagles return to action Sunday, Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. CT in Conway, S.C. against Coastal Carolina at Brooks Stadium.
Marquette head coach Meredith Black-
On losing the program’s first game:
“It definitely hurts to lose as it would any game. We played so well towards the end of that game – the last 20 minutes – and I think once we got the first-game jitters out of the way we came together and never gave up through 60 minutes of that game. We showed what we can be and I’m proud of how the team kept working throughout the entire game. I saw a lot of potential of what we could be this year.”
On the opportunity to play Sunday at Coastal Carolina:
“I think it is a blessing that we have a game in 48 hours because our team wants to get back on the field. They want a chance to show that the team they were in the last 20 minutes of that game is who they really are. If we can start at Coastal like we ended at Winthrop I think we will be in good shape.”
On the 10-2 halftime deficit to Winthrop:
“I think it is 100 percent first-game jitters. I don’t think the players knew what to expect. Everything was just so new that when we did go down by a couple goals I think it was a little bit of a shock for us. We had trouble recovering from that and it snowballed a little bit. Once we got to the point where we had nothing to lose and we started playing that way it was a totally different team that showed up.”
Freshman midfielder Lauren Hooker-
On scoring the first goal:
“I was just trying to get the momentum going for the team. We were starting out slow and nervous and I was hoping to change the attitude on the field. In the end we stepped it up and got all of our nerves out and went from there.”