Women's Lax Defeated By Michigan, 10-7
March 20, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team moved to 3-5 on the year after Michigan (5-3) used an 8-0 second-half run to top the Golden Eagles 10-7, Friday, March 20, at Valley Fields.
"We played to win in the first half, but we played not to lose in the second half," head coach Meredith Black said. "I was happy with how we played, but then we lost a little confidence because this was one of the first times this team has had to play with a lead."
Freshman Riley Hill and junior Claire Costanza got off to quick starts in MU's second home contest of 2015. After feeding Hill on her first goal of the game, Costanza potted a shot to give the Golden Eagles a quick 2-0 lead.
MU extended its lead to 5-1 after senior Nicole Gleason broke free at midfield following a penalty and completed a give-and-go with Costanza. Hill was able to respond to the Wolverines second goal to complete the first-half hat trick on just three shots.
"(In the first half) We played with a lot of confidence and we knew we were capable of taking advantage of some nice looks, and we did," said Black. "We had a lot of fun and played our game."
Costanza finished with three first-half tallies, while junior goalie Sarah Priem made eight saves.
"Priem has been huge for us in every game," said Black. "She's a clutch player who's stepped up as a leader this year."
The Golden Eagles looked to be in control as the two teams geared up for the second stanza, but the Wolverines' Jess Angerman was able get a shot past Priem's ankles to cut UM's deficit to 6-3.
Angerman, who finished with a hat trick, sparked a Michigan rally that spanned the final 26:02 of the second half, in which the Wolverines outscored MU 8-1. Michigan was able to control the pace of play and got off 18 shots compared to MU's four in the final 30 minutes.
"They played a great defensive game and a few times we lost the ball coming down to our attacking end and it rattled us," said Black.
The Wolverines also won 7-of-10 draw controls in the final 20 minutes, while grabbing 12-of-20 ground balls.
Both Kim Coughlan and Madeline Dion finished with two goals to round out the scoring for Michigan, three of which came in the second half.
Costanza broke the drought in the final seconds of the contest to give her a game-high four points.
Marquette returns to the Valley on Sunday, when it takes on Detroit at 1 p.m. Central time.
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