Marquette Pushes Past Central Michigan, 12-9

Feb. 23, 2017

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MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – A decisive second-half surge propelled the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team to its first win of the season, overcoming a two-goal halftime deficit to upend host Central Michigan, 12-9, on Thursday.

Trailing 5-3 at halftime, the Golden Eagles (1-3) scored four straight tallies before 5 minutes had gone by in the second half to reverse their fortunes and take a 7-5 advantage. MU ended the second stanza outscoring CMU, 9-4, and improved to 2-0 in the all-time series.

Grace Gabriel registered her third hat trick of the season, scoring all three goals on four shots, including her final tally with 57 seconds left to clinch the victory. Amanda Bochniak claimed her first hat trick of the year to go along with an assist and is now just eight points away from reaching 100 career points.

With the Golden Eagles clinging to a 10-9 lead with under 6 minutes remaining, a long offensive possession led to Riley Hill’s second goal of the game and a big insurance tally to push the Marquette lead to 11-9 with just 5:41 left. Hill would add an assist in the win as well.

Julianna Shearer recorded her third straight multi-goal game with two scores to go along with two ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers. Claire Costanza had a goal and two assists, while Allison Lane had a goal, an assist, three ground balls and three draw controls.

Junior goalie Molly Grozier made a career-high 11 saves in the win, including six in the second half.

Jocelyn Lemay and Emily Kraus led the Chippewas (1-2) with three goals apiece with Lemay registering a game-high eight shots.

Marquette improved to 16-3 all-time when allowing fewer than 10 goals and won the draw controls battle for the fourth time in as many outings this season, 13-10.

The Golden Eagles will remain on the road for the next six contests, traveling to Kennesaw State on Tuesday, Feb. 28. First draw in Kennesaw, Georgia is set for 12 p.m. Central time.




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