Women's Lacrosse Falls to Third-Ranked Florida
April 5, 2017
MILWAUKEE – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team played host to its sixth nationally-ranked opponent of the season on Wednesday as the No. 3/3 Florida Gators picked up a 21-7 BIG EAST Conference win inside the Valley Fields Dome.
Marquette's Julianna Shearer scored her second of the game with 5:21 remaining in the first half to take what was a seven-goal deficit to an 8-4 margin. The Golden Eagles (4-8, 2-2 BIG EAST) then had a chance to cut the deficit to three in the final minute of the opening half, but a misfire with the shot clock winding down gave possession back to the Gators (10-2, 4-0 BIG EAST), who scored twice in the final 20 seconds to take a 10-4 advantage into the locker room.
Florida, who was led by Lindsey Ronbeck’s seven points on five goals and two assists, showed why they are worthy of the third-highest ranking in the country after firing off 43 shots and using a 13-1 run to expand on an early 8-4 lead. Both losses for the Gators this season have come to teams ranked No. 1 in the country and they entered today’s contest with the third-best scoring average in the nation.
Shearer would finish with three goals on eight shots and added three draw controls, while Grace Gabriel chipped in two goals and an assist to go along with two ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover. Defensively, Fran Meyer continued her strong season as she turned in an all-around effort with three ground balls, two draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Marquette will take on its seventh ranked opponent of the season when traveling to No. 13/13 Denver on Saturday. First draw is set for 2 p.m. Central time.
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