Marquette Overwhelms Butler on Senior Night
April 22, 2017
The Golden Eagles (5-11, 3-5 BIG EAST) bid adieu to its nine-member senior class with a pre-game ceremony and then proceeded to rack up 15 first-half goals en route to a blowout victory in the home finale. Marquette set a program-record for fewest goals allowed in the win, holding Butler (1-15, 0-8 BIG EAST) to just two first-half goals. Meanwhile, 10 Golden Eagles got in the scoring column, including senior Julianna Shearer, who scored five times to give her a BIG EAST-leading 52 goals on the season.
Senior Claire Costanza scored the game’s first goal just 38 seconds into the game. It was the first of 13-straight goals scored by the Golden Eagles to start the contest. Butler finally got on the scoreboard when Rachel Kegler scored with 9:13 remaining in the first half.
Two Golden Eagles notched their first career goals with freshman Bridget Danko and senior defender Megan Bianco, who picked up a loose ball and sprinted behind the Butler defense to beat the Bulldog goalie with 16:34 left in the first half. Bianco had a career day, adding four ground balls and two caused turnovers in her final home game.
Amanda Bochniak registered seven points in the win on two goals and five assists. It put the senior over 20 goals for the second time in her career and a career-high 25 assists. She sits behind Costanza as the program’s second all-time leading scorer with 132 points. Costanza, who finished with four points on a goal and three assists, has 165 career points and is just four assists shy of 100 for her career.
Senior defender Fran Meyer registered three shots on goal, unable to capture her first career goal, but did make history in the win. The Oak Brook, Illinois, native recorded two caused turnovers, passing Marquette-great Elizabeth Goslee for the all-time record with 90 caused turnovers.
The Golden Eagles will be wrap up the 2017 season on the road, traveling to Nashville, Tennessee, to face Vanderbilt on Sunday, April 30.
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