Golden Eagles Win Third in a Row, Beat Gaels 15-4

Riley Hill notched her first-career hat trick, joining Claire Costanza, who also scored three times in the win.
March 10, 2015

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MORAGA, Calif.- Make it three wins-in-a-row for the Marquette University women's lacrosse team, a program record, as it displayed a dominating performance with eight different players reaching the scoring column in a 15-4 win over host St. Mary's College.

"It feels really good," head coachMeredith Blacksaid of the win. "I was really happy. We won because we came together as a team and worked as a unit.

"Claire Costanzahad an outstanding performance," Black added. "Seven assists and three goals. She stepped up as a leader today and it was really great. Everyone followed her lead."

Costanza, whose 10 points set a program record for most in a single game, also set the program standard with her seven assists as she led the Golden Eagles (3-3) to their first three-game winning streak in team history. FreshmanRiley Hillalso tallied three goals, whileHayley Baas,Nicole GleasonandEmily Donovanadded two goals apiece.

Marquette jumped out to a 4-0 lead on the Gaels (0-5) and led 10-2 at halftime before scoring the first four goals of the second half. The Golden Eagles outshot the Gaels, 29-13, with a 22-7 edge in shots on goal.

Fittingly, Costanza started the scoring barrage with the first goal of the game just 1:33 into the first half. Devyn Antolini picked up her first point of the season with an assist on Gleason's first goal with 22:42 left in the first half to make it 2-0.

Emily Donovanthen made it 3-0 and it forced the Gaels to call a timeout.

"In my pregame talk with the team, I talked about dictating the game for the entire 60 minutes and deciding how we wanted the game to go," Black said. "When we went up 3-0, they called a timeout. Our goal was to push the tempo, maintain our energy, and we did that."

Out of the timeout, Gleason scored her second of the game to make it 4-0 and the rout was on.

Jaclyn Biggers, SMC's leading scorer, got her team on the board with 19:15 left in the first half to make it 4-1. However, it wasn't enough to combat the heavy offensive onslaught displayed by MU today. Hill scored her first two of the day to make it 6-1 before Costanza, Donovan and two goals from Baas made it 10-1 with 3:10 left in the first half.

An MU squad that hadn't surpassed eight goals in a game this season, suddenly was in double digits before halftime.

Marquette received a solid effort in net by goaliesSarah PriemandEmma Salter, who split duties 50-50. Priem, who leads the BIG EAST Conference in goals against average, made two first-half saves before giving way to Salter, who turned away one SMC shot.

The Golden Eagles will look to move above the .500 mark for the first time this season with one of their toughest tests of the season yet, as they travel to USC for a non-conference meeting against the Trojans Sunday, March 15.

"USC is a really good team," Black said. "We want to keep rolling with the momentum we've built with these past three wins. We're going in to fight hard and try to come out with a win."

First draw is set for 2 p.m. Central time.




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