A shaky start to their first ever match led to a big deficit that the women's lacrosse team couldn't dig out of by the end of the game.
Winthrop got two goals in the first 91 seconds off of two free position shots following fouls and followed those up with two more unanswered goals to put the Eagles up 4-0 after almost four minutes. That's when Lauren Hooker took things into her own hands. The freshman midfielder headed up the right side and snapped a shot past Winthrop goalie Camille King for Marquette women's lacrosse first official Division 1 goal.
Hooker's goal cut it to 4-1, and a Kenzie Brown tally with 8:42 left in the half made the score 6-2. Winthrop would push that to 10-2 by halftime, including two shorthanded goals for their last two goals of the half. Five more goals to open the second half would run the unanswered streak by the Eagles to nine before Claire Constanza broke through for Marquette with 15:05 left in the game. The Golden Eagles went on their own unanswered run, scoring five straight goals to cut the Winthrop lead down to 15-7 with just over 7 minutes left. Winthrop stiffened their defense and shut Marquette out for the rest of the half and tacked on two more scores to put the game out of reach.
Costanza ended up MU's high scorer for the game with four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman goalie Sarah Priem made eight saves in her collegiate debut.
Claire Feeney led the Winthrop attack. The freshman attacker had seven goals in the game, including four in the first half.
The one thing that jumps out at me from this one is that Winthrop scored five of their goals on free position shots, or shots taken on a restart following a foul. If you cut those out of the box score, this one's looking pretty competitive for Marquette's first ever official contest.
The good news is that they'll be back in action tomorrow against Coastal Carolina and they'll have gotten the first game jitters out of their system. This is the first ever season for the Chanticleers as well, and they dropped their first ever game to Cincinnati yesterday by a score of 13-8.