Marquette Falls in OT Thriller at Temple, 17-16
March 25, 2017
PHILADELPHIA – Marquette overcame a six-goal deficit to force overtime, while senior Julianna Shearer broke the program’s career-goals record and sophomore Grace Gabriel tied Shearer’s record for most goals in a single game, but the Golden Eagles fell in a thriller, 17-16, to BIG EAST-foe Temple on the road on Saturday.
The Golden Eagles (3-7, 1-1 BIG EAST) trailed by as many as six goals, including five early in the second half to force their first overtime game for the first time since 2015, but Brenda McDermott’s third goal of the game with 3:19 remaining in the extra frame propelled the Owls (8-2, 1-1 BIG EAST) to a thrilling victory at home, where they remain unbeaten at 5-0.
Shearer entered the contest just one goal shy of tying Hayley Baas (’16) for the program-record with 88 goals. With 20:25 left in the first half, the Westminster, Maryland, native connected on her second goal of the day to give Marquette a 4-2 lead and, in the process, became the program’s all-time goals leader with her 89th career tally. She needs just two points to become the fourth player in program history to record 100 career points.
Following a 5-0 MU run to give it a 5-2 lead with 19:48 remaining in the first half, Temple answered with a 10-1 run, including seven-straight goals to regain the lead. Marquette closed out the first half with back-to-back scores by Gabriel and Charlotte McGuire to cut the deficit to 12-8 by halftime.
Gabriel, who matched Shearer’s single-game record of six goals, scored three times in the second half, including the game-tying goal to make it 16-16 with 2:44 left in regulation. It was her 26th goal of the season, which sits three shy of Shearer’s team-leading 29 scores.
Marquette fell despite nine players reaching the scoring column and the team taking good care of the ball, committing just 11 turnovers as compared to Temple’s 19. The difference in the contest was at the draw circle, where the Owls controlled a 22-13 advantage.
Six different players scored for Temple, which was led by Nicole Barretta’s five goals and one assist. Olivia Thompson added four goals, while Anna Frederick and McDermott finished with three goals apiece.
The Golden Eagles concluded their season-long seven-game road swing with a 3-4 mark and are eager to return home where they will host Villanova in the BIG EAST home opener on Saturday, April 1. First draw is set for 12 p.m. Central time at the Valley Fields Dome.
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