Marquette Suffers First BIG EAST Loss at No. 6/9 Florida
April 14, 2018
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team suffered its first loss in over a month and first BIG EAST Conference loss of the season, falling on the road to No. 6/9 Florida, 18-6, on Saturday.
With 27:27 remaining in the first half, Riley Hill scored her 23rd goal of the season to tie the game at 1-1 before the Gators embarked on a 10-goal run over a 12-minute span to break the game wide open.
As a result of the victory, Florida (11-3, 6-0 BIG EAST) takes over sole possession of first place in the league, while the Golden Eagles (9-5, 5-1 BIG EAST) fall into a potential second-place tie in the league standings with Georgetown, which has just one loss and plays Vanderbilt today.
Hill led the way for MU with two goals and an assist, while Megan Menzuber added a goal and an assist and Cate Soccodato dished out two helpers. Grace Gabriel, who was sent off early with two first-half yellow cards, saw her 38-game goals and points streaks come to an end.
Florida was led by Sydney Pirreca and Shannon Kavanagh, who had four goals apiece. Kavanagh added three assists and five draw controls as well.
Marquette struggled in nearly every facet in the first half, losing advantage in draws (13-4), shots (21-10) and ground balls (11-5). The Gators early surge offensively was fueled with successful attempts from the 8-meter, going 5-for-6 in free position attempts.
The Golden Eagles have three BIG EAST games remaining with No. 25/rv Denver traveling to Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 18. First draw is set for 2 p.m. Central time inside the Valley Dome.
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