Gael Force Wind: Saint Mary's 16, Marquette 7

Hayley Baas (22) had two goals early in the second half for MU. - Maggie Casey/MarquetteImages.com

The Golden Eagles started out their Spring Break trip on a down note, dropping the first game to the Gaels.

Five unanswered goals from five different Saint Mary's players in the first half put Marquette in a 7-1 hole late in the first half as the Gaels rolled to a 16-7 win over the Golden Eagles on Sunday afternoon.

MU cut into that 7-1 lead when Nicole Gleason scored and Kenzie Brown got her second goal, but SMC pushed it to 8-3 at the half. The Gaels got two more goals to open the second half before Hayley Baas got two of her own to make it 10-5. SMC responded quickly to push the lead back to seven and then held MU without a goal for 10 minutes, effectively ending any chance of a comeback.

Gleason, Brown, and Baas all finished with two goals to tie for the team lead. Amanda Cross and Rachel Minarovich both had four goals to lead the attack for SMC. Cross did the most damage for the Gaels, scoring her goals all in a row in the second half when SMC was looking to end Marquette's chances of a comeback.

Up Next: Marquette heads down the Pacific coast to take on San Diego State (3-2) on Thursday at 9pm Central.

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