Riley Hill tallied career-bests in points (7) and assists (5) in the loss to Georgetown.
April 23, 2016
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team dropped a narrow, 13-12, decision Saturday afternoon at Georgetown despite a four-goal effort from freshman attacker Cate Soccodato.
Four Golden Eagles netted multiple goals in the contest, including Soccodato, Julianna Shearer (2), Allison Lane (2) and Riley Hill (2), but MU's offensive output was not enough, as the Hoyas used a goal from Morgan Rubin with 4:34 remaining to gain a 13-12 advantage - a lead they would not relinquish.
Hill was active throughout the game for Marquette (6-10, 3-3 BIG EAST), as the sophomore registered five assists to couple her two goals. The West Islip, N.Y., native's stat line included two personal-bests as her seven points and five helpers were each the top marks in a game in her career.
Along with Hill, Soccodato was able to ink a pair of career-best marks, scoring four points and four goals, which were both career-highs.
Georgetown (6-9, 4-2 BIG EAST) struck early-and-often offensively, as the Hoyas were paced by a freshmen duo. Taylor Gebhardt and Francesca Whitehurst each netted a hat trick to lead the Hoyas over MU. Senior Kelsey Perselay was also an offensive force for GU, as the senior buried a pair of goals to go along with two draw controls.
The Hoyas were able to gain momentum early in the second half, extending their lead to three at 10-7 after Whitehurst opened the frame by scoring two goals in a 6-second span.
Marquette responded quickly, though, scoring five of the game's next six goals and taking a 12-11 lead on Soccodato's tally with 11:10 to play. But the Hoyas were able to ramp up the pressure, scoring twice, and holding MU scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
The two squads combined to fire 49 shots on the afternoon, with Georgetown taking the slight edge, 25-24. The Hoyas also held the edge in ground balls, 15-13, and draw controls, 15-11.
Goalie Sarah Priem made five saves in the contest for the Golden Eagles including a pair of stops on Georgetown free-position opportunities, to keep MU in contention.
As time expired in a first half that featured no shortage in goals, Soccodato fired a shot past GU keeper Maddy Fisher to bring MU within one at the break, at 8-7. The Hoyas outshot MU in the first half by a 16-15 margin, while GU also held a slight advantage in ground balls in the opening frame at 8-6.
Three unanswered goals from Shearer, Hayley Baas and Lane propelled MU to a 6-5 lead midway through the first half. The Marquette lead stood for 7:05, until GU tallied three times to push their lead to 8-6 before Soccodato beat the halftime buzzer.
With the loss, Marquette needs a victory in their final regular-season game to secure the program's first BIG EAST Conference tournament berth. The Golden Eagles will match up with Cincinnati in the regular season finale at home on Friday, April 29. It will mark Senior Night for Marquette's 13 senior players as well as the program's annual PanCAN Awareness game. First draw is set for 5 p.m. Central time.