Lacrosse Falls at California, 18-11

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March 16, 2017

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BERKELEY- Despite a five-goal effort from senior Julianna Shearer, the Marquette women’s lacrosse team dropped an 18-11 road decision at California on Thursday afternoon.

The Golden Eagles (2-6), who are in the midst of a season-long seven-game road swing, suffered their third consecutive defeat with the loss to the Golden Bears. 

With her team-high five goals, Shearer turned in her second consecutive effort of five goals or more after potting a season-best six in last weekend’s showdown with Northwestern. The Westminster, Maryland, native currently leads Marquette with 25 goals scored on the campaign, and is just three goals away from tying Hayley Baas's all-time record of 88 career goals. 

Marquette struggled out of the gate in the contest, allowing Cal to jump out to a 6-1 advantage at the 17:53 mark of the first half. Although MU failed to generate much offense early, the Golden Eagles responded well and went to a 4-2 run to cut their deficit to just 8-5 at the half. Shearer, Lindsey Willcocks, Grace Gabriel, and Riley Hill each found the back of the net during the stretch. Willcocks’ goal, which came off a free position attempt, was her first of the season.

The Golden Eagles were able to carry over some of the momentum that they built before the break into the second half, as Shearer scored twice to open the frame and bring MU within just one at 8-7 with 24:59 left to play. But the Golden Bears’ offense came to life once again with a 4-0 run to push the lead back to 12-7. 

Marquette responded to Cal’s run with a 3-0 push of their own, sparked by two more goals from Shearer and one from Charlotte McGuire, to bring the score to 12-10 midway through the second half. The Golden Bears notched six of the match’s final seven goals to seal their 18-11 triumph. 

California (2-7), earned their second win of the season, as senior Jena Fritts matched Shearer’s effort with five goals of her own. Cal posted a 38-29 advantage in shots in the game in addition to recording six more saves than the Golden Eagles.

With an assist in the contest, Marquette senior Amanda Bochniak reached 100 career points. She is the third Marquette player to reach the milestone, joining 2016 graduate Hayley Baas (103 points) along with current teammate and all-time points-leader, Claire Costanza (143 points).

Marquette will return to action this Sunday, March 19, when it opens BIG EAST play at Cincinnati. The contest is scheduled for 11 a.m. Central time start.


 

 

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