Marquette Falls at 11/13 Northwestern, 17-11

Junior Taylor Smith scored twice in the loss.
March 8, 2016

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EVANSTON, Ill. – Seven different players collected goals for the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team, but it wasn’t enough as host Northwestern pulled away late to register a 17-11 victory in its home opener at Martin Stadium on Tuesday.

The Golden Eagles (2-5) were able to cut the deficit to 12-10 on Taylor Smith’s second goal of the game with 8:42 remaining in the second half, but the Wildcats (2-3) responded with five unanswered tallies, which proved too much to overcome.

“I thought we did a nice job with the ball when we had it and when we took care of it,” head coach Meredith Black said after the game. “The turnovers really hurt us. We needed the ball more because when they had it, they took advantage of their opportunities.”

Marquette registered its highest-ever goal total in three tries all-time against Northwestern and its third-highest goal total of the season. Allison Lane, Julianna Shearer, Taylor Smith and Cate Soccodato each scored twice for the Golden Eagles (2-5), who fell to their third top-20 ranked team this season. Soccodato, who added an assist, and Riley Hill, who tallied a goal and two assists led MU with three points apiece.

MU took an early 1-0 lead on Shearer’s tally just 3:49 into the game. The Golden Eagles have scored the first goal of the game in each of their seven outings this season. However, the unfortunate story for the Blue and Gold was a season-high 23 turnovers it committed, which afforded too many additional opportunities for the ‘Cats, who registered a season-high in goals scored.

“Fourteen turnovers in the (first) half was a killer,” Black said. “I think some of our turnovers had to do with lack of composure and we need to be more confident with the ball. When you turn the ball over against a top-10 team like Northwestern, they usually find a way to take advantage.”

Corinne Wessels totaled her first four goals of the season to lead all scorers. Selena Lasota and Kaleigh Craig also added three goals apiece to lead the Wildcats, who controlled the shot count (36-19).

Despite committing 14 turnovers in the first half, the Golden Eagles held an 11-4 edge in the draw control after 30 minutes of play and trailed just 9-5 at the break. Shearer led MU with four draw controls, while Allison Lane recorded three. 

The second half was a different story, however, as Northwestern dominated the draw with a 14-1 advantage, which allowed it to possess the ball at a much higher rate. Shelby Fredericks led all players in the circle with nine draw controls. She added a goal and an assist as well.

NU went 7-for-12 in free-position shots, while MU went just 2-for-5.

“I think there’s a ton we can learn from this game,” Black said. “Minus the turnovers, we did a lot of great things. We had some nice defensive stops and we had some nice looks on attack. Those things we did well, we just need to learn how to do them more consistently.”

The Golden Eagles will have 10 days off before returning home to face Central Michigan at Valley Fields Saturday, March 19. First draw is slated for 12 p.m. Central time.




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