Marquette Takes Down Vandy in Season Finale, 14-12
April 30, 2017
NASHVILLE – The Marquette University women’s lacrosse team overcame a three-goal deficit and a lengthy weather delay en route to upending host Vanderbilt in a 14-12 road win in the regular season finale.
The Golden Eagles (6-11, 4-5 BIG EAST) trailed 3-0 out of the gates, but fought back to tie the game at 6-6 by halftime. Midway through the second half and with the score tied at 10-10, severe weather forced the contest indoors, where Marquette outscored Vanderbilt, 4-2, over the final 14:38 to capture a season-ending victory.
MU had four players record hat tricks, including senior Julianna Shearer, who finished the regular season as the BIG EAST’s top goal-scorer with 55 goals. Grace Gabriel, Charlotte McGuire and Allison Lane added three goals each as well, while Amanda Bochniak chipped in a goal and five assists in her final game.
Entering Sunday, senior Claire Costanza needed four assists to reach 100 for her career and hit the mark exactly, dishing out her 100th career helper to Shearer, who has over 100 career goals, on the team’s final goal of the game.
Costanza finished her career as Marquette’s all-time assists and points leader, collecting 169 total points.
Lane’s goal with 14:38 left in the second half tied the game at 10-10 and proved to be the turning point for the Golden Eagles after officials delayed the game due to severe weather. The game was delayed for over an hour and allowed MU time to recover from an exhausting heat due to unseasonably high-temps that reached into the mid-80s in Nashville.
When the game resumed indoors, Vandy’s MacKenzie Lange connected on her third goal of the game to give her team an 11-10 edge, but Marquette would respond with four straight goals to gain an advantage it would not relinquish. McGuire scored twice on Bochniak assists, while Gabriel notched her 41st goal of the season and Shearer collected her final collegiate goal to secure the win with 2:07 left.
MU goalie Jules Horning had a busy day in net, stopping a career-high 15 saves, which also ties program’s single-game record. In 13 appearances this season, the freshman averaged more than 8.0 saves per game to finish the year with 106 saves.
The Golden Eagles outshot the Commodores (6-9, 3-6 BIG EAST), 38-37, in the win, while committing just nine turnovers. It was the first win this season for MU when losing the edge in draw controls (16-12). Vandy held a 10-3 edge in draws in the first half, while MU collected nine of 15 second-half draws.
The Dores were led by Jill Doherty’s four goals, while Lange added three and Julie Blaze and Caroline Peters chipped in two goals apiece. Vandy goalie Callahan Kent notched 12 saves in the loss.
The Golden Eagles will lose nine to graduation, but are set to return 25 letterwinners for the 2018 season.
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