Golden Eagles Fall Short at UConn, 17-14

April 12, 2017

Box Score

STORRS, Conn. – Marquette dropped its third-straight contest despite a five-goal run that cut was once a seven-goal deficit to just two with 6 minutes remaining, but host UConn was able to hang on for a 17-14 BIG EAST Conference win at the Sherman Sports Complex on Wednesday.

The Golden Eagles (4-10, 2-4 BIG EAST) trailed by as many as seven goals after a 5-0 UConn run opened the second half. The Huskies (5-8, 2-4 BIG EAST) let the lead dwindle to as many two, but outlasted MU thanks to 46-30 shots advantage and forcing five more turnovers.

"We had some great moments of intensity and passion, but weren't able to sustain it for the full 60 minutes," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. When we did have momentum, we weren't able to keep it. Letting them come out of halftime on a five-goal run is too deep a deficit against a good team like that."

Marquette senior attacker Julianna Shearer became the first Golden Eagle to register 100 career goals as she notched a season-high seven points, including a game-high five goals in the loss.

"She is such a great player and so capable of taking over a game," Black said of Shearer. "She’s fun to watch and really fun to coach."

Fellow senior Claire Costanza had four points, including three assists, while sophomore Grace Gabriel chipped in two goals on nine shots to go along with a game-high eight draw controls.

Following a tightly-contested first half, UConn opened the second 30 minutes on a 5-0 run that made it 14-7 with 20:25 left in regulation.

Junior Riley Hill and Shearer went back-to-back before the Huskies tacked on two more to restore the seven-goal lead and bring it to a 16-9 advantage. MU responded with five straight of its own, started by Hill and capped by Charlotte McGuire, to cut the deficit to 16-14 with 6:19 left in regulation.


 

 

UConn ended the run and sapped Marquette’s momentum with her fifth tally of the day and the Huskies were able to run out the clock for the final 2:02 and escape with the three-goal victory – their second in BIG EAST play this season.

The Huskies totaled 30 of its 46 shots in the first half on the way to building a 9-7 halftime lead. UConn committed just six turnovers in each half and forced 17 Marquette miscues, several that led to Husky goals. 

MU goalie Jules Horning had another impressive double-digit save outing after stopping 11 shots.

"She was the reason we were able to forge the comeback in the second half thanks to her key saves in key moments," Black said. "She made several key plays on their missed shots that regained possession for us and started a lot of those momentum shifts by coming up big in the cage."

Marquette will have a quick turnaround, returning home to face Georgetown on Saturday, April 15. First draw is set for 1 p.m. Central time at Valley Fields.

"The next three games are must win for us," Black said. "We know what we’re capable of. We just need to come out with the toughness for a full 60 minutes, knowing it's going to be tough, but that we’re physically capable of coming out on top, so we need to bring it."

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