Marquette Dispatches Detroit, 13-5
March 22, 2015
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team has struggled of late scoring in the second half, but such was not the case this afternoon as the Golden Eagles outscored visiting Detroit, 6-2, in the final 30 minutes and placed seven different players in the scoring column to close out a 13-5 victory at Valley Fields Sunday, March 22.
Marquette jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first 3:17 of the contest on goals by Julianna Shearer and Nicole Gleason. From there, the Golden Eagles (4-5) never looked back. Shearer and Hayley Baas registered hat tricks for the Blue and Gold, while junior and newly appointed co-captain, Claire Costanza, notched a goal and five assists in the win.
A point of emphasis for Marquette the past two games has been closing it out. On Friday, against Michigan, MU took a 6-2 lead into the locker room before giving up eight unanswered tallies in the second half of a 10-7 loss to the Wolverines. Today, it was a matter of executing the game plan in the second half.
"It feels great," head coach Meredith Black said. "It feels good to get a win after Friday's loss. We talked about a mentality shift and to keep the same mentality we have in the first half in the second half."
Mission accomplished as the Golden Eagles dominated play throughout, evidenced by an 18-2 edge in draw controls.
"Allison Lane has been working on it a lot and she stepped up today, which was huge," Black said. "We've been focusing on the mental aspect of the draw all season and the importance of it. I'm glad we were able to make that shift today."
Lane totaled six draw controls on the day, followed by five more from Taylor Smith, who also added two goals, an assist and two ground balls.
Marquette mimicked its start from Friday, jumping out to a 6-2 lead on Smith's first goal of the game with 6:39 left in the first half. The Golden Eagles would take a 7-3 lead into halftime.
Kylie Birney got the Titans on the board to start the second half, scoring just 2:04 into the period. However, Riley Hill was able to swing the momentum back in Marquette's favor just 2 minutes later to make it 8-4. From there, the Golden Eagles outscored Detroit, 6-1, down the stretch.
Costanza assisted on the final goal by Shearer with 5:36 remaining to give her a BIG EAST-leading 20 helpers on the season and 33 points through nine games. The Webster, New York native is just 10 points away of matching last season's point total of 43.
"Claire is such a good feeder and she's sees everyone," Black said. "Today, everyone really worked hard off the ball to get open and that enabled us to get some good looks."
Next up for the Golden Eagles will be the final non-conference game leading up to BIG EAST opener as Notre Dame comes to town Wednesday, March 25. Black, a former standout for the Irish knows it's going to take a tremendous effort to beat the perennial national power.
"We're going to have to fight," Black said. "Notre Dame is a great team. We're going to have to come out hustling and working hard. We'll need to stay focused on discipline and playing our good defensive game that we normally play and take advantage of opportunities that we get on the attack side."
First draw is set for 4 p.m. at Valley Fields.
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