Costanza Records Hat Trick in 15-4 Loss at No. 19 UConn
April 19, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - Claire Costanza's first career hat trick was not enough as the Marquette University women's lacrosse team fell 15-4 to the University of Connecticut Friday evening at George J. Sherman Family Sports Complex.
"I was proud of the ladies for playing hard throughout the game, regardless of the scoreboard," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "The calls weren't going our way but we kept fighting and playing good defense, which I was proud of them for doing. We had trouble with turnovers at the beginning of the game but we called a timeout and told them that they needed to limit the turnovers and we were able to control the ball better in the second half. I think we learned that we need to have confidence and that we can play with these teams. In the second half the score was 5-2, which was a better outcome after trailing 10-2 after the first half."
Costanza's three goals led the Golden Eagles (2-13), while Kenzie Brown added MU's only other marker of the game.
"Claire just kept going this evening," Black said. "She was getting hit and having trouble getting the ball going in towards the goal and she just kept going hard. She didn't let anything stop her and ended up with three goals. I am really proud of her."
Connecticut (12-1), receiving votes in the IWLCA poll and ranked 19th in the deBeer/Inside Lacrosse rankings, was paced by four goals from junior midfielder Lauren Kahn who ended the game with a team-leading 31 on the season. Three other Huskies also added a pair of goals, while Katherine Finkelston added a goal and a game-high three assists.
The Golden Eagles added a pair of goals in the second half after trailing 10-2 at halftime. Costanza scored her third of the game after picking up a ground ball near the 8-meter fan with 44 seconds remaining in the contest.
Brown scored Marquette's only other goal of the second half on a free position attempt with 22:31 remaining in regulation.
The Huskies notched the first goal just over one minute into the game as MU goalie Sarah Priem made a save, and while trying to corral the ground ball, it was kicked back into Marquette's net by an MU defender. UConn's Kahn was credited with the opening goal and added two more in the first half as UConn ended the first half with a 10-2 lead.
Costanza answered UConn's 2-0 lead to begin the game with Marquette's first tally on a feed from Jacqueline Borzillo. Borzillo picked up a ground ball near midfield on a UConn clear attempt and fired it into Costanza who was waiting by the 12-meter arc for the pass.
Costanza added MU's only other goal of the first at the 7:55 mark to pull the score to 7-2.
Kahn's three goals in the first half helped her reach 30 on the season for the third time in her career and her goal was her 50th point of the year, tying a career high.
Priem all six of her saves in the first half and Marquette held a 7-6 advantage in draw controls over the first 30 minutes. The Huskies also capitalized on seven failed clear attempts by the Golden Eagles in the first half.
The Golden Eagles return to action at 11:30 a.m. CT on Sunday against No. 5/5 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome.