Marquette Suffers 11-5 Setback at Denver

Julianna Shearer
March 25, 2016

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DENVER - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team was unable to find an answer for a stifling Denver defense, falling to the Pioneers 11-5 at the Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium on Friday.

It was a disappointing offensive performance for the Golden Eagles (3-6), who had averaged 13 goals per game in their previous five outings. Outside of taking a brief 3-2 advantage late in the first half, MU endured a scoring drought of more than 23 minutes during which Denver was able to rally six unanswered tallies to take a commanding lead.

It was Marquette's lowest-scoring output of the season and turnovers once again played a factor, as well as Denver's goalie, Maddy Stevenson, who made 10 saves on the day.

Julianna Shearer scored twice with four shots on target to extend her team-lead with 19 goals on the season. She added three draw controls and a caused turnover as well. Four Golden Eagles reached the scoring column in all as Allison Lane scored her 16th of the season, while Amanda Bochniak tallied her 10th and Charlotte McGuire added her fourth of the year.

Shearer's first goal of the game gave the Golden Eagles the first goal of the game for the ninth time this season. After Denver responded with two straight goals, Bochniak and Lane went back-to-back make it 3-2 MU with 12:45 left before halftime.

The Pioneers (4-5) would score four-in-a-row to end the half and two more to start the second half before McGuire ended a Marquette scoring drought of more than 23 minutes with a goal to cut the Denver lead to 8-4. Shearer would add her second of the game with 6:31 remaining and in the middle of three more Pioneer goals to end the game.

Eight players scored for Denver, which was led by Elizabeth Behrins' three goals and two assists. Kendra Lanuza also added two scores for the Pioneers.

Several of Stevenson's 10 saves came at big moments - some that shifted momentum away from MU. Sarah Priem made eight saves and recorded three caused turnovers in the loss.

Both teams looked sloppy with the ball as they combined for 42 turnovers. Marquette's 22 miscues were just one off of its season-high, which occurred in a loss to then-No. 11 Northwestern back on March 8.

On the other hand, Marquette was strong defensively, causing 14 turnovers as Denver committed 20 in all. Hayley Baas was credited with four caused turnovers and six ground balls in a strong effort.

The Golden Eagles will be back in action on Monday, playing host to No. 4 Notre Dame at Valley Fields. Game time is set for 2 p.m. Central time.




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