MU Offense Explodes in 17-4 Win Over Central Michigan

Junior Julianna Shearer set a career-high with six points on five goals, one assist.
March 19, 2016

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MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team set four program records and put eight in the scoring column en route to a convincing 17-4 victory over Central Michigan at Valley Fields on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles (3-5) cracked double-digits for the third straight game and fourth time overall in 2016, setting program records with 17 goals and margin of victory over an opponent.

"I'm very happy with our performance today," head coach Meredith Black said after the win. "It wasn't so long ago that we had our first season as a program, so we remember what that feels like. We played hard and we played strong - we didn't take anything for granted today."

Junior Julianna Shearer paced the offense by scoring in her sixth straight game and setting a career-high with six points on five goals and an assist. The five goals tied a mark held by herself and Kenzie Brown for the most by a Golden Eagle in a single game.

Classmate Amanda Bochniak totaled five points on two goals and three assists, while Riley Hill added a goal and three assists. Hayley Baas tallied her second hat trick of the season with three goals on four shots, while Cate Soccodato (1g, 2a) and Charlotte McGuire also tallied three points apiece.

Marquette used a fast start to get ahead of the Chippewas (3-3) early on, scoring four unanswered goals before the game was 5 minutes old. By halftime, the Golden Eagles had registered another program record for most goals in a half, taking a 12-2 lead into the locker room.

MU dominated the draw control to the tune of a 15-7 margin with Allison Lane tying her own program-high of six. She would also add a goal, an assist and three caused turnovers in the win.

The Golden Eagles were efficient offensively, converting 17 goals off just 25 shots and committing a season-low 13 turnovers while successfully clearing 11-of-12 clear attempts.

Senior Emma Salter earned her first start of the season in net and allowed just two goals, while making two saves en route to the win. Sophomore Molly Grozier saw time in relief for the first time this year, while also making two saves.

"[Emma] Salter is an outstanding back-up goalie," Black said. "We never worry about her in the cage and, as usual, she performed great in the time she was given.

"It was great to be able to give Molly Grozier an opportunity as well," Black added. "She's great in her own right and it will be nice to have her when our two seniors move on. I feel good about our goalkeeping future."

With two wins in their last three games, the Golden Eagles will enter spring break playing some of their best lacrosse of the season. MU will have a week to prepare for its next challenge, the University of Denver, on the road Saturday, March 26.

"I still see us getting better each day," Black said of the team's progress. "This late in the season, you don't always see that. The girls have shown they really want to improve. They bring it in practice every day, they respect the coaching staff and it's really great to see."

Keep up with the Marquette women's lacrosse program all season long through social media by following on Twitter (@MarquetteWLax) and Instagram (@MarquetteWLax) and `liking' on Facebook (/MarquetteWLax).




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