Baas' Late Goal Lifts Marquette Past Cincy, 8-7
April 25, 2015
CINCINNATI -- The Marquette University women's lacrosse team put forth another strong second half performance and rallied past host University of Cincinnati to cap off the 2015 campaign with an 8-7 victory thanks to Hayley Baas' game-winning goal with 14.2 seconds remaining at Sheakley Athletic Complex, Saturday afternoon, April 25.
Marquette (5-12, 1-6 BIG EAST) called timeout with just under 2 minutes remaining to set up the final sequence. After a short build-up, Baas charged hard to the goal and snuck one past the Cincinnati net-minder inside the left post to send the Golden Eagle faithful into a frenzy. Claire Costanza won the ensuing draw control and ran out the clock to give MU a thrilling come-from-behind victory after overcoming a 4-1 first-half deficit, notching the team's first win in seven games.
"This win was huge. It means a lot," head coach Meredith Black said. "We were hungry for it and wanted to have some success today and we did. It wasn't easy and I think that's so telling of our team, that we're able to overcome everything and do whatever it takes to get the victory.
Over the past several games, the Golden Eagles have displayed impressive second-half efforts, but have come up short in dropping its previous three games by four goals or less. Senior Day against Georgetown last week was especially tough as Marquette held the Hoyas scoreless for the final 22-plus minutes and pulled to within a goal with 5:45 remaining in the game, but couldn't find the equalizer.
Today's performance will resonate as a potential turning point for the program as it strives to take that next step forward.
"It means so much to us," Baas said. "My one goal wasn't what set the game, though. Allison (Lane) won a bunch of draws, (Sarah) Priem had an amazing game, but it feels good that all our hard work came together at the end and we'll use this as momentum going into next season."
Cincinnati natives Elizabeth Goslee and Baas turned in resounding efforts -- the former with three caused turnovers, two ground balls and a draw control, while the latter had a caused turnover and the decisive goal on four shots.
"It was so awesome and I'm so proud of her," Black said of Baas scoring the game-winner. "It was amazing to be a part of. She's from Cincinnati, so she's in her hometown and that made it even more special."
The Golden Eagles strung together five straight goals, including the first three of the second half to take a 6-4 lead with 24:53 remaining. Allison Lane played a key role in the big run, matching a season-high with five draw controls to give Marquette additional possessions.
"It was why we won the game," Black said of the team's success on the draw control in the second half. "We wouldn't have been able to compete or come up with opportunities if that wasn't the case. Allison (Lane) made an adjustment at halftime and she was huge."
Nicole Gleason's two goals caps her MU career and gives her 21 on the season, which is a career-high and ties her for the team lead. Riley Hill completed a stellar rookie campaign with two goals to give her 19 goals this season.
After being shutout for the first time in 28 games last week, Costanza notched two points with a goal and an assist to finish the year with a career-best and team-high 46 points (21 goals, 25 assists) on the season.
Sarah Priem came up big in net, stopping seven Cincinnati shots to register her fifth win of the year.
The Bearcats (2-15, 0-7 BIG EAST) were led by Dani Tunnell's four goals and Meg Gulmi's three saves in net.
For the first time in program history, Marquette will have the luxury of heading into the offseason with a win in its final regular season game.
"Last year, we ended on a loss and going into summer with that kind of negativity wasn't good," Black said. "So this year, we're going into summer with a lot of positive thoughts and a positive vibe and that's what we want."
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