Marquette Throttles Detroit on the Road, 14-5
March 6, 2016
DETROIT - Allison Lane and Hayley Baas each scored four times, while the defense was consistent throughout, and the Marquette University women's lacrosse team picked up a key 14-5 victory over Detroit on the road on Sunday.
It was a much-needed win for the Golden Eagles (2-4), who pushed their record to 4-0 all-time against the Titans (0-4). MU outshot Detroit 31-15 in the contest and was successful in all 20 clearing attempts. Lane and Baas paced the offense in the scoring column, but sophomore Riley Hill was the igniter at the outset.
"I thought we played a good game," head coach Meredith Black said. "All across the field we had some great performances and in order to put together a big win is having more than one person stepping up with a big game."
Hill assisted on the first two goals before finding the back of the net twice to stake the Golden Eagles with a 4-0 lead. Hill finished the game with a game-high six points on two goals and four assists and led the Golden Eagles (2-4) to a comfortable 8-1 halftime advantage.
Baas didn't score her first goal of the day until accounting for MU's first goal of the second half that extended the lead to 9-1. Detroit would respond with three straight tallies to cut the deficit to just five goals, but Baas and Lane would combine to score the next three goals for the Golden Eagles, which helped seal the Titans' fate.
Much like Hill's impact in the attacking zone, junior Julianna Shearer dominated on the draw. The Westminster, Maryland, native set a program record with eight draw controls in the win - besting the previous mark of six which was shared by Kenzie Brown and Lane.
The advantage off the draw helped the Golden Eagles control possession and limit opportunities for the Titans. Shearer would finish the game with a goal on five shots and a ground ball to go with her eight draw controls.
"It was important for us to play this game with a lot of confidence," Black said. "We really wanted to control this game from the start and I think we did a nice job staying composed. Detroit is a scrappy team and sometimes those teams can get to you mentally, but we kept our composure and did a nice job."
Amanda Bochniak joined Baas, Lane and Hill as Golden Eagles to register multiple goals in the win, finishing with two goals, two assists and three ground balls. Defensively, Fran Meyer joined Lane with four caused turnovers and three ground balls. Seniors Kayce Haverstick and Elizabeth Goslee also had two caused turnovers apiece as MU forced Detroit in 26 turnovers overall.
Kaitlyn Wandelt led Detroit with two goals, four ground balls and a caused turnover in the loss.
Marquette will have a quick turnaround as it travels to Evanston, Illinois, to take on No. 6/10 Northwestern on Tuesday. It will be the Wildcats' home opener at Lakeside Field, which is slated for a 3 p.m. Central time start.
"I feel really good with where we're at right now," Black said after Sunday's win. "I do still think our consistency is something we need to work on. It takes a little bit of experience and more mental focus and I think we're in the best position we've been in to be able to beat a team like Northwestern. On Tuesday, we'll be ready."
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