UConn Upends Marquette Women's Lax, 13-8
April 4, 2015
STORRS, Conn. -- A string of six-straight goals by host University of Connecticut was the difference as the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell by a score of 13-8 at the Sherman Family Sports Complex this afternoon, April 4.
"I feel we played a good 45 minutes," head coach Meredith Black said. "Our biggest issue in this game was we didn't take care of the ball. Of those 25 turnovers, several came at critical times and it's hard to win when you don't have the ball."
Julianna Shearer tied the game at 2-2 with 19:56 left in the first half before UConn went on its big run, scoring the final five goals of the period to take a 7-2 lead at halftime and eventually taking an 8-2 advantage.
"That was a span of the game that really hurt us. We made it too easy (on them)," Black said of UConn's six-goal run. "We didn't play a good defensive game and couldn't get the ball down the field. Without the opportunity to score, we couldn't catch up."
Marquette's Riley Hill finally ended the 24:21 scoring drought with the team's first goal of the second half, but the Golden Eagles were unable to climb all the back, falling to 4-8 overall, 0-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Huskies (7-4, 2-0 BIG EAST) pick up their third-straight win.
Senior Nicole Gleason netted a hat trick on four shots to lead Marquette, while Shearer added two goals and an assist and Hill chipped in a goal and an assist. For the Huskies, Emily Anderson led the way with four goals on five shots, while Katherine Finkelston and Grace Nolan each recorded hat tricks. Nolan also dished out three assists to finish with six points.
UConn held a 28-25 advantage in shots with a 19-16 edge in shots on goal. The Huskies also won the draw controls battle 14-9 with MU taking control in the second half with an edge of 8-5. Both teams combined for 52 turnovers with UConn committing 27.
One other bright spot for MU was the play of Fran Meyer, who turned in three ground balls, two draw controls and four caused turnovers at the defensive end.
"Fran Meyer played a great game and one we can be inspired by," Black said. "We fought to the very end and we need to learn to take care of the ball. That's what we'll be working on ahead of Florida on Wednesday.
It'll be an early start time against the Gators as first draw is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Valley Fields.
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