Marquette Storms Back to Defeat Temple, 12-10
April 16, 2016
MILWAUKEE – Four players registered at least three points for the Marquette University women’s lacrosse team, which came from behind to down the Temple Owls, 12-10, on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at Valley Fields.
“It’s one of the biggest wins this program has ever had,” head coach Meredith Black said after the game. “I said to the team to embrace the pressure because it was a must-win game for us. Our goal is to make it to the BIG EAST tournament and winning this game puts that goal in our control.”
Amanda Bochniak (3g, 1a), Allison Lane (3g, 1a), Riley Hill (2g, 2a) and Julianna Shearer (3 goals) led an offensive attack that was relentless in the second half. The Golden Eagles (5-9, 2-2 BIG EAST) erased a three-goal halftime deficit by scoring seven unanswered goals to take a 12-8 lead over a stretch in which they held the Owls (9-5, 1-3 BIG EAST) scoreless for nearly 27 minutes.
“The will to win is something we’ve been focusing on all season that we need to work on and today it came through,” Black said. “We wanted this game. We knew it wasn’t going to be perfect, but we had to find a way. Our defense dug in and made big stops. Priemo made big stops. Once our attack sees that, they know how to finish at the other end.”
Shearer’s third goal of the afternoon, which made it 10-8 Marquette, was her 29th of the season and set the new single-season record for goals in MU history. She passed Hayley Baas, who tallied 28 goals during the 2014 campaign.
Riley Hill scored two of Marquette’s first three goals of the game, including the game’s first tally at the 25:51 mark. She also chipped in two assists in a very strong effort for the Golden Eagles.
Temple’s Nicole Tiernan recorded a hat trick in the first half, but was held scoreless for the remainder of the contest. Morgan Glassford also added two goals for Temple.
Marquette opened the first half with three straight goals, forcing Temple to call timeout. The Owls answered back, however, rattling off seven of the next eight goals in the contest to take a 7-4 advantage en route to an 8-5 halftime lead.
It was a one-sided affair for much of the second half as the Golden Eagles came out of halftime firing on all cylinders. They scored seven straight goals take a 12-8 advantage. The Owls first second-half goal didn’t come until there was 4:12 remaining in regulation. They would add one more, but MU was able to hold strong defensively to prevent any further damage.
Marquette was led defensively by Sarah Priem in net, who collected her second BIG EAST win with seven saves to go along with three caused turnovers and five ground balls in a superb effort. Elizabeth Goslee also recorded three caused turnovers, while adding four ground balls and Kayce Haverstick and Hayley Baas also totaled two caused turnovers in the win.
Marquette earned its second BIG EAST win for the first time in its three seasons as a member of the conference. The Golden Eagles will have a chance to add to it with three games remaining, including two at home.
“We really have to focus on each game one at a time,” Black said. “If we win these next three games, we will make the BIG EAST tournament. (Vanderbilt) is a huge game for us.”
The Golden Eagles will remain home to take on Vanderbilt on Wednesday, April 20, with first draw scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time at Valley Fields.
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