Marquette Tops Cincinnati in BIG EAST Opener

March 19, 2017

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CINCINNATI – All facets were clicking for the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team in a 16-10 road victory over Cincinnati in the BIG EAST opener on Sunday.

Junior Riley Hill led all scorers with a career-high five goals, while senior Amanda Bochniak notched a career-high eight points and a career-best four goals and four assists. Claire Costanza also had a big game with five points on a goal and four assists.

The Golden Eagles (3-6, 1-0 BIG EAST) ended a three-game losing skid and won their second straight BIG EAST Conference opener on the road following a league-opening, 15-4, triumph over Villanova in 2016.

Marquette never trailed, but the Bearcats (3-5, 0-1 BIG EAST) made it interesting at several points. After the Elaina Enich scored one of her team-high four goals to tie the game at 7-7 to start the second half, MU went on a three-goal run in a span of less than 3 minutes as Julianna Shearer, Grace Gabriel and Hill all found the back of the net.

Trailing 11-8, Enich started another run to bring the game to within 11-10, but the Golden Eagles rallied off the final five goals, capped by three-straight from Bochniak, who recently joined the 100-point club.

Shearer’s two goals brings her to within one of tying Hayley Baas’s all-time mark of 88 career goals, and just four points away from joining Bochniak, Baas and Costanza as members of the Marquette 100-point club. 

Freshman goalie Jules Horning made her first career start and made 14 saves on the way to earning her first career victory.

Both teams nearly doubled their combined score totals from the previous two match-ups that saw the Golden Eagles score identical 8-7 victories. MU is now 4-1 all-time against the Bearcats.

Marquette will remain in BIG EAST action and on the road, closing out a seven-game swing away from home with Temple on Saturday, March 25. First draw is set for noon Central time in Philadelphia.

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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