Temple Slides By Women's Lax, 11-7
April 11, 2015
PHILADELPHIA -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell to host Temple University, 11-7, despite a hat trick from junior Hayley Baas and two goals from redshirt-junior Emily Donovan, at Geasey Field, Saturday, April 11.
The Golden Eagles (4-10, 0-4 BIG EAST) took an early 2-0 lead as Baas broke open the scoring just 3:30 into the game. However, the Owls (9-4, 1-3 BIG EAST) scored the next seven goals unanswered to take a commanding 7-3 lead into halftime. Marquette threatened with the first two goals in the second half, but Temple thwarted any attempt at a comeback with three more unanswered tallies down the stretch en route to its first conference win of the year.
Temple's Morgan Glassford, Nicole Barretta and Nicole Tiernan, each registered hat tricks on the day, while Barretta added two assists to lead all scorers with five points. MU received four points from Baas, who added an assist to go along with her three goals. Donovan also added an assist to finish with three points. Riley Hill and Nicole Gleason found the back of the net as well in the loss.
The Owls overcame a slow start to outshoot the Golden Eagles, 14-7, in the first half and finished the game with a 23-15 shots advantage, including a 17-13 edge in shots on goal. Marquette won battle in ground balls, 21-18, while both teams picked up 10 draw controls apiece. MU was whistled for 13 more fouls on the day, finished with 34 to Temple's 21.
Things looked bleak toward the end of the first half when Temple went up 7-2 following Tiernan's first goal of the day with 6:45 left in the opening stanza. Her three scores increased her team-lead to 32 goals on the season. However, between scoring the final tally of the first half and the first two goals of the second, the 1-2 combination of Baas and Donovan had given MU renewed hope.
The score had been cut to 7-5 and forced Temple to take a timeout shortly before the 20-minute mark. Unfortunately for guests, the Owls were able to regroup and scored four of the next five goals to seal the win.
MU goalie Sarah Priem, from nearby Berwyn, Pennsylvania, made six saves in 60 minutes in net. Her counterpart, Jaqi Kakalecik also made six saves. Marquette's Claire Costanza picked up a late assist to extend her point streak to 19 consecutive games.
The loss makes the Golden Eagles' chances for a conference tournament berth extra difficult with three games remaining, but not impossible. MU will need to win its final three regular season contests and hope for a little help along the way. The season continues next Wednesday when Marquette heads to Nashville to take on first-year member Vanderbilt in a BIG EAST battle.
First draw is slated for 3 p.m. Central time.
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