Marquette Falls at Vandy, 11-9, Despite Strong Finish

Allison Lane scored twice in the second half against Vanderbilt
April 15, 2015

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NASHVILLE -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team was able to put together an impressive second-half run, but a six-goal deficit coming out of halftime was just too much to overcome as host Vanderbilt University hung on for an 11-7 win at the VU Lacrosse Complex Wednesday afternoon, April 15.

Hayley Baas and Claire Costanza combined for five goals to lead a balanced Golden Eagle (4-11, 0-5 BIG EAST) attack that outshot the Commodores (7-8, 4-2 BIG EAST) 29-19. Vandy scored in the opening 20 seconds of the game and proceeded to build an 8-2 lead at halftime before Marquette made its second-half run. MU outshot VU 18-7 over the final 20 minutes, which led to a 7-3 margin on the scoreboard.

Baas tallied her third goal of the game with 1:10 remaining in regulation to cut the deficit to 11-9, but Vandy won the ensuing draw and was able to run the clock out to escape with a win.

"I'm really proud of our team. We fight so hard and never give up and I think that showed today," head coach Meredith Black said. "We showed what we were capable of after going down six and bringing it within two. We have to put it together for 60 minutes, which is our challenge right now."

Marquette held the advantage in shots, 29-19 and ground balls, 22-19, while forcing 22 Vanderbilt turnovers as compared to committing just 14. The Commodores' 14-8 advantage in draw controls proved to be a deciding factor in the outcome.

"We have to continue to work on draws and our shooting percentage," Black said. "Those are the two areas that have plagued us all year. We had the opportunities and finding the net has been something we will continue to work on. As for the draw, we can't give them the possessions. Without those, they wouldn't have scored as many goals."

Costanza's two scores marked her first multi-point game in her last five outings and gave her a team-leading 20 goals on the season. One of the league's top-five assist leaders was able to get everyone involved despite not recording an assist for the first time in four games. Others like Allison Lane, Riley Hill, Lauren Hooker, in addition to Baas, benefited.

"Claire definitely stepped up as a leader on attack," Black said. "Allison Lane stuck out to me as being aggressive and going to goal. And Elisabeth Goslee is always so huge. She does everything for our team. Maybe not score goals, but she does everything else and we can always rely and depend on her to play big."

Goslee finished with three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover.

The Golden Eagles will close out the home schedule Saturday, April 18, playing host to Georgetown in their annual game supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. It will also mark Senior Day for eight seniors. First draw is set for 5 p.m. at Hart Park and will follow the men's game against Duke, which starts at 1 p.m.


 

 

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