Women's Lax Outlasted by Georgetown On Senior Day, 8-7
April 18, 2015
WAUWATOSA, Wis. -- It was another late-game comeback effort that fell just short for the Marquette University women's lacrosse team, which scored four unanswered goals to close out the game, but visiting Georgetown built a big enough lead to hang on and spoil Senior Day with an 8-7 win at Hart Park Saturday evening, April 18.
"I'm so proud of the team. We're fighters," head coach Meredith Black said. "This team is committed to getting better every day, even though our record hasn't gone our way, and I think it's paying off. It's super disappointing to come out with the loss, but I really feel as though we're moving in the right direction."
Eight Marquette seniors experienced their final home game today and it was nearly the biggest comeback in program history.
Instead the Hoyas' (6-9, 5-1 BIG EAST) five-goal lead was just big enough to stave off a furious comeback by the Golden Eagles (4-12, 0-5 BIG EAST). Marquette scored the final four goals in regulation and held Georgetown to without a goal for the final 22:03, bringing the game to an exciting finish.
"[Our seniors] are amazing," Black said of her seniors (Jenaye Coleman , Emily Donovan, Nicole Gleason, Sandra McCartin, Molly McQuade, Anna Muzika, Alex Winey and team manager Briana Vargas). "All eight of them have made such a huge impact on this program. They have been here since day one and have set the tone for what this team is all about. They help us strive for a tradition of excellence that we work for every single day.
"They've had to practice for one year without any games, which is so hard," Black said regarding the transition year between the establishment of the program and the first-ever season in 2013. "I love them all so much and I respect everything that they've done for this program."
The Hoyas got off to a 4-0 lead in the first 15 minutes before Nicole Gleason finally got the Golden Eagles on the board with 14:17 remaining in the first half. It was her 19th goal of the season and came on an assist from Emily Donovan.
Gleason then assisted Riley Hill's 17th goal of the year to make it 4-2 before G'town capitalized on an extra-player opportunity. Allison Lane scored with 6:11 left to close out the first-half scoring and MU trailed 5-3 going into halftime.
Out of halftime, the Hoyas score three-straight goals to take their largest lead of the game of 8-3. They would score again as the Marquette defense ratcheted up the pressure.
Donovan scored on back-to-back tallies 2 minutes apart for her 11th and 12th goals of the season before Hayley Baas added her 16th of the year to cut the deficit to 8-7 with 5:45 remaining.
G'town would win the ensuing draw and go on to run out the clock despite incessant pressure from the Golden Eagles.
Today's game also culminated a year-long effort to raise money and awareness for pancreatic cancer and for the third-straight year, Marquette women's lacrosse has raised over $10,000 for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network campaign.
"Huge shout out to our team parents as they've taken on the lead on this," Black said. "Unfortunately, this disease hits close to the hearts of a lot of members of our program. It's amazing that we've been able to raise $10,000 year in and year out and I'm so grateful and thankful for everyone who contributes."
Marquette will conclude the 2015 campaign next Saturday, April 25, on the road at Cincinnati. Start time is set for 1 p.m. Central time.
"This whole week we need to get better," Black said regarding preparation for the team's season finale. "We're lucky to have one more week to work together. Even practice is going to be really important this week. Our visions are set on the future of this program. Just like any other game, we are committed to fighting for that win and getting better is the most important thing."
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