Marquette Defeats Detroit, 15-9
March 2, 2014
BEVERLY HILLS, Mich. - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team evened its season record at 2-2 with a 15-9 victory on Sunday afternoon against Detroit at Detroit Country Day's field house in Beverly Hills, Mich.
"We talked to our team about being confident from the start and believing that they have the ability to be the aggressor," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "We've never been in that position before in that we've held the lead for a long time. That was new for our program and I think it is all about confidence and believing the in the power of `yes'"
Freshmen Amanda Bochniak and Julianna Shearer each posted career days for the Golden Eagles (2-2) as Bochniak posted a career-best six points on a goal and five assists, while Shearer tallied five first half goals.
Sophomore Hayley Baas, who scored a career-high four goals in MU's loss at Northwestern on Tuesday, added a hat trick on the afternoon.
"Julianna and Amanda are outstanding, both of them," Black said. "'Jules' is really great off-ball, she's a great cutter, she sees the field and sees plays develop. She gets in the position to make herself a threat and Amanda has great vision with the ball. She sees the field so well and is able to, even with some pressure, make some nice feeds."
Sophomore Kylie Birney led the Titans (0-3) with four goals and freshman Kelsi Pritchard put up two goals and a pair of assists in the loss.
MU doubled up Detroit in shots, 28-14, and held a 15-10 advantage in draw controls.
"I would say offensively this was our most complete game," Black said. "I think we struggled a little bit defensively and I think partly because we aren't used to having a lead and playing more defense than we did today. When Detroit got the ball down in our end we weren't necessarily ready because we had a little more time to think and bit slower pace for the defenders. We have to fix that and be able to keep a lead with no loss when another team gets the ball in our end."
Marquette shot out of the gate with four of the first five tallies of the afternoon, all of which came from Shearer. Detroit responded to cut MU's lead to 5-3 at the 5:52 mark of the opening half before Marquette closed out the first with the final three markers.
MU led 8-3 at halftime and held a 14-7 edge in shots and a 9-3 advantage in draw controls.
Detroit cut Marquette's lead to four early in the second half, but the Golden Eagles led by as many as seven goals on a Claire Costanza marker with 9:23 left in regulation.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Friday, March 7 for their home opener at Valley Fields against Duquesne at 1 p.m.