Marquette Women's Lax Falls at USC, 11-4
March 15, 2015
LOS ANGELES - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team had its three-game winning streak snapped as host University of Southern California used a strong second half to win, 11-4, at McAllister Field Sunday, March 15.
A tightly-contested battle in the first half saw both teams play virtually even except for the Trojans (5-2) taking a 5-4 lead into halftime. The Golden Eagles (3-4) had to play from behind from the start after falling behind 3-0 early, but built some much-needed momentum going into the break.
The second half was a much different story as USC looked like a dominating force in the second half, outscoring its counterpart, 6-0, over the last 30 minutes en route to the win.
Five different Trojans found the net, led by Kylie Drexel's five goals and two assists. Caroline de Lyra and Amanda Johansen also registered multi-goal games to pace the Trojans.
Marquette received major contributions from Allison Lane, who came off the bench to score two first-half goals. She now has four goals on the season. Riley Hill and Julianna Shearer also found the back of the net in the loss.
It was the first time in four games that Marquette allowed an opponent to reach double-digit goals with the previous being a 13-6 setback to Northwestern in the home opener at Valley Fields back on Feb. 21. Sarah Priem, who entered the game with a league-leading goals against average of 7.41, made four saves in the loss.
Johansen got the scoring started with a goal just 44 seconds into the game. Back-to-back goals by Drexel a few minutes later and USC had a 3-0 lead with 25:58 left in the first half.
Marquette's defensive unit buckled down after that, allowing just two Trojan goals the rest of the first half. Meanwhile, Lane and Hill cut into the deficit with a pair of goals just 1:18 apart to make it 3-2 with 21:02 remaining.
With 17:15 left in the half, Shearer found the net to make it 4-3 and Lane scored her second of the game to cut the deficit to 5-4 with 2:43 left before halftime.
It was USC's de Lyra with two goals to start to the second, followed by another score by Johansen to make it 8-4 and force Marquette into a timeout with 22:14 to go.
The Trojans kept the pressure on however as Drexel scored three straight to close things out.
After a 10-9 advantage for USC in shots and ground balls in the first half, that margin expanded to 13-6 and 5-4 in the second half, respectively.
Claire Costanza extended her streak of consecutive games with a point scored to 12after assisting on Lane's first goal. She leads Marquette with 23 points (10g, 13a) on the season.
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