Program Records Set in Loss to No. 14/17 Northwestern
March 11, 2017
EVANSTON, Ill. – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team played a strong first half and Julianna Shearer set a program-record with six goals scored, but No. 14/17 Northwestern pulled away in the final 30 minutes en route to an 18-10 win on a chilly Saturday at Martin Stadium along the shores of Lake Michigan.
Shearer’s free-position goal with 10:41 left in the first half brought the Golden Eagles (2-5) to within 6-5, but the ‘Cats scored two goals in the final minute before halftime and pulled away with three straight to open the second half. Despite the loss, Shearer became the first Marquette player to score six goals in a game, besting her previous career-high of five goals.
Northwestern (3-4), which snapped a four-game losing streak, held Marquette scoreless until the 21:19 mark of the second half until Megan Menzuber scored her first career goal that ended the Golden Eagle scoring drought of 19 minutes, which proved just too much to overcome.
Marquette fell to its fifth nationally-ranked opponent of the season, managing just 13 ground balls on the day, while Northwestern tallied 31 and held a 44-32 shots advantage. Marquette goalie Molly Grozier set a career-high and program-record with 15 saves, while NU goalie Mallory Weisse made 11 saves in the win.
The defensive effort was led by Fran Meyer, who also set a program-record on Saturday with a career-high six caused turnovers. Grace Gabriel added two caused turnovers as well to go along with a program-record 11 draw controls, three ground balls and two goals scored.
The Golden Eagles were without the services of junior midfielder Allison Lane in the second half after she suffered an injury late in the first half. Before the incident, she scored her 12th goal of the season in impressive fashion, racing past every Wildcat defender and going coast-to-coast to make it 5-4 with just over 15 minutes left in the half.
Senior attacker Amanda Bochniak is now one point shy of becoming the third Golden Eagle to record 100 career points after tallying three assists. Fellow senior Claire Costanza is the all-time leader with 143 points after adding one assist on Saturday, while Hayley Baas, who graduated after the 2016 season, is second all-time with 103 career points.
Christina Esposito led the way for Northwestern with six goals on 13 shots. Danita Stroup added a hat trick as well.
Marquette will head west during spring break in preparation for a match-up against California on Thursday, March 16. First draw is set for 5 p.m. Central time.
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