Marquette Wins First BIG EAST Game 14-6 over Cincinnati
March 28, 2014
MILWAUKEE – Playing in the program’s first BIG EAST Conference game in program history, the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team picked up its first league victory with a 14-6 win over Cincinnati. The game was also MU’s annual contest in support of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
The Golden Eagles (5-5, 1-0 BIG EAST) received four-goals apiece from Claire Costanza and Hayley Baas, while Costanza also tallied three assists for a career-high seven points. The sophomore from Webster, N.Y. scored MU’s second and third goals of the game and Baas added the squad’s fourth as the Golden Eagles built a 4-0 lead just six minutes into regulation.
Freshman midfielder Dani Tunnell scored five of six goals for Cincinnati (6-4, 0-1 BIG EAST) and points-leader Ashley Helmrath added the other lone marker for the Bearcats.
Marquette fired a season-high 29 shots, while the Bearcats managed just 13 in the contest. The Golden Eagles also garnered 12 of 22 draw controls, while corralling 10 more ground balls than Cincinnati (19-9). Off many of those ground balls, Marquette was a perfect 9-of-9 on clear attempts on the evening.
The Golden Eagles held a 5-3 lead at halftime and scored the first two goals of the second half to rebuild their lead.
Freshman attack Alina Atayan scored her first career goal with just 48 seconds remaining in regulation after being set up by Costanza right in front of the cage.
The game was Marquette’s annual fund raising game for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, as it continues its first against Pancreatic Cancer.
The Golden Eagles set a $10,000 goal once again for this season and continues to accept donations through its FirstGiving profile online at http://go.mu.edu/PanCan14.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and one of the most painful and deadly.
The Golden Eagles return to action on Saturday, April 5 at Georgetown.