Colorado Outlasts Marquette, 10-8
Feb. 28, 2016
MILWAUKEE - Despite Julianna Shearer's career-high four-goal performance, the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell to visiting Colorado, 10-8, at Valley Fields on Sunday.
Shearer scored the Golden Eagles' first two goals of the contest, including the game's first tally - which MU has scored registered against all five opponents this season. The junior tied Colorado's Johnna Fusco for game-high honors with her four scores, while adding three ground balls, a draw control and a caused turnover, but it wasn't enough to beat a solid Colorado team today.
"I told the team we didn't play bad, but we could've played so much better," head coach Meredith Black said after the game. "I think we have a lot to learn from this and a lot we can build on from this weekend. That's what we're going to take away from this and we'll continue to learn from our `will to win' mentality."
The Buffaloes (3-1) used a 5-1 run to close out the first half with a 6-3 edge. Fusco was responsible for four of the goals, including the final tally of the first half with 20 seconds remaining before halftime. Colorado took a lot of momentum into the locker room, but the Golden Eagles responded by coming out of the second half very strong.
Junior Taylor Smith scored her second goal of the season about 3 minutes into the second half, which started a 4-1 run that tied the game at 7-7. After Colorado's Carly Cox made it 7-4 with 21:21 remaining in the second half, Shearer scored twice before sophomore Charlotte McGuire scored her first collegiate goal to tie the score with 15:30 left.
However, just over minute later, CU's Sarah Lautman netted her first of two second-half goals to put the Buffaloes up for good. Colorado was able to move the ball efficiently enough to run out the final few minutes of action, preventing a Golden Eagle comeback.
MU goalie Sarah Priem led the Marquette defense, making 10 saves, while picking up five ground balls and causing one turnover in a valiant effort in net. Kayce Haverstick added three ground balls and three caused turnovers as well.
CU was led by Fusco's four goals, but also received nice contributions from Cali Castagnola and Lautman, who each added a pair of scores. CU goalie Paige Soenksen made nine saves, while picking up seven ground balls in the win.
"[Colorado] is a great team and they're going to have a great season," Black added. "I'm happy about holding them to 10 goals, but I think if we would have fouled less, it's amazing to think the type of defensive game we could've had."
Marquette was whistled for 35 fouls, which led to several free-position attempts for the Buffaloes, who converted four-of-eight of those chances. MU won the draw control battle, 12-8, but committed 20 turnovers to CU's 18. The Buffaloes held a 25-21 shots advantage and picked up six more ground balls (36-30) in the win.
The Golden Eagles will have the week off before traveling back to the state of Michigan on Sunday, March 6, for a return to trip Detroit, which they defeated at Valley Fields a year ago by a score of 13-5. First draw is set for 12 p.m. Central time.
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