While previewing yesterday's women's lacrosse game against San Diego State, I wondered whether SDSU's lofty offensive rankings were because they deserved them or if things were skewed by their 21-1 win against LIU-Brooklyn.
It turns out that they appear to deserve those rankings. The Aztecs ran off a 3-0 lead before Kenzie Brown put Marquette on the board with 24:38 left in the first half. From there, SDSU ran off seven straight goals in just over 11 minutes to put them up 10-1. That, as they say, was the ball game. Five different Aztecs scored on that run, including two each from Meris Walsh and Sophie Koubek. Hayley Baas and Nicole Gleason managed to put together a two goal streak for MU, but SDSU got those two back before the half ended at 12-3.
The good news from that half, I suppose, would be that Marquette scored goals on three of their seven shots. Unfortunately, SDSU scored on 12 of their 22 shots, so that's the bad news.
SDSU eventually built a 16-5 lead by the time Elisabeth Goslee was sent off for picking up her second yellow card late in the second half. It seems clear that SDSU called the dogs off since MU was down a player for the remainder, as they would only score three more times from that point on.
Brown (2G) and Claire Costanza (1G, 1A) shared the Marquette team lead in points at 2 apiece. Walsh (4G) tied for the SDSU points lead with Bailey Ewing and Michaela Jarvis, who had 3 goals and an assist each.
Marquette gets back on the horse tomorrow against USC. That game will get started at 2pm Central time. The Trojans are kind enough to stream the game live, so you can check that out here. USC is 4-5 in their inaugural season after a 12-7 home loss to Temple on Wednesday. The Trojan offense runs through freshman Caroline de Lyra. She has a 22 point lead on her next closest teammate on the strength of 30 goals (six more than Amanda Johansen) and 22 assists (16 (!) more than three others). Freshman goalie Liz Schaffer has played the wide majority of minutes in net, stopping 42% of the shots she sees and posting a goals-against average of 12.45.
The men's lacrosse spring break tour of the east coast comes to an end tomorrow afternoon as the Golden Eagles take on Saint Joseph's at 11am Central. Only paid streaming for this one, so you'll have to rely on live stats or tweets from @MarquetteMLax.
The Hawks are 3-4 on the season, and have lost their last two. They're an outstanding defensive team and have only given up more than 10 goals three times this season. Conveniently for Marquette, they've also lost all three of those games. They need the defense, because they've only gotten to 10 goals twice this season, landing right on 10 both times.
Freshman attacker Pat Swannick is the leading scorer for Saint Joseph's, racking up 14 points on 10 goals and four assists. Sophomore Michael Dougherty is second on the team in points, partly because of his team high five assists. Sophomore Dustin Keen has started all seven games in net for the Hawks and has some shiny numbers to show for it. His goals-against average is just 8.16 and he's stopping 56% of all the shots that he sees.