No. 4 Northwestern Tops Marquette, 20-5
Feb. 25, 2014
LAKE BARRINGTON, Ill. – Sophomore Hayley Baas notched her fourth career hat trick and Sarah Priem had 12 saves in net, but the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team fell 20-5 to No. 4 Northwestern at the Lake Barrington Field House in Lake Barrington, Ill.
“I thought we came out a little bit slower than Northwestern, but we played a full 60 minutes," head coach Meredith Black said. "I think Northwestern came out at a game speed that was higher than ours and we slowly started to match that and by the end of the game we felt we were playing with them. We scored the last two goals of the game, which is huge for us and I think our attack finally gained some confidence in that they can compete at this level."
Baas scored the Golden Eagles’ (0-2) lone goals in the first half and added her second as the contest’s final tally. Freshmen Amanda Bochniak and Julianna Shearer, both of whom scored in the season opener at Johns Hopkins on Feb. 15, also scored in the second half.
"As always I think our defense played really well even considering they had 20 goals and Sarah Priem had 12 saves, which is huge against a team like that," Black said. "Even though our defense did allow a few easy goals, I think they did a good job of making Northwestern work for the opportunities that they got.”
Christina Esposito and Kara Mupo each posted hat tricks for the Wildcats (3-0) and a total of 15 players scored.
Marquette was out-shot 38-12 for the game and NU held a 21-6 edge in draw controls, a 26-16 lead in ground balls and committed just 15 turnovers to MU’s 23.
Northwestern’s Kate McDonald scored just 1:43 into regulation and the Wildcats scored the first seven goals of the game before a response from Baas. The sophomore scored Marquette’s first tally at the 18:22 mark on a dive through the 8-meter fan. Her shot beat NU goal Bridget Bianco high as MU cut into the Wildcats’ lead at 7-1.
Baas added her second marker of the game on her second shot with 13:02 to play in the opening staff on a free-position shot. Northwestern added the final four goals of the half and took a 12-2 lead into the break.
The Wildcats also tallied the first six goals of the second to build an 18-2 advantage before Bochniak potted her second career goal with 8:11 left in regulation. Shearer posted her goal with just over a minute to play and Baas’s final marker came with nine seconds on the clock.
Priem notched 10 saves on 13 Northwestern first-half shots and picked up three ground balls. NU scored on 4-of-6 free-position shots in the first and was successful on 11of-12 clear attempts. Marquette turned the ball over on 16 occasions in the first, resulting in just a 50-percent conversion rate on clear attempts (6-of-12).
Tuesday’s meeting between the two squads marked first game played against each other all-time.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, Feb. 28 in Ann Arbor, Mich., at Oosterbaan Field House against the University of Michigan. MU will also face Detroit during the road trip on Sunday, March 2 in Beverly Hills, Mich., at the Detroit Country Day School Field House.