After some frustration with the link that Northwestern had on their schedule page not working properly, I discovered the UStream link that had the audio of yesterday afternoon's women's lacrosse contest. By the time I had the entertaining NU commentary crew piping through my computer's speakers, Marquette was losing 4-0 with less than seven minutes elapsed.
The Wildcats would eventually build that lead to 7-0 before sophomore Hayley Baas cracked through the defense to get the Golden Eagles on the board. Baas would score again less than five and a half minutes later, and the score was 8-2. The obvious thought running through my head at that point was, "well, maybe this won't get completely out of control." I didn't have much hope for Marquette finding a way to beat Northwestern, as they've racked up seven national championships in just 12 seasons of Division 1 competition, but after facing the Wildcats in each of the last two fall ball sessions, I thought at least the game could be interesting.
Northwestern had 10 different goal scorers on their first 10 goals of the game. By that point, it was 10-2 and it wasn't halftime yet. After Kate Mupo and Christina Esposito finished their hat tricks early in the second half to make the score 15-2, NU head coach Kelly Amonte Hiller turned to her bench. Each of the next five goals scored by the Wildcats was the first goal of the season for that player, and Northwestern would end up scoring 10 straight goals before Marquette finally answered with Amanda Bochniak's second goal of the season.
This all sounds really bad, I know. But it actually could have been much, much worse.
Sophomore goalie Sarah Priem showed why she won the team MVP award last season as she was destroying the hopes and dreams of the Wildcats' attackers on a regular basis. I know, it sounds ridiculous when she allowed 12 goals in the first half and 18 goals overall before being lifted for Emma Salter late in the second half. But Priem had 10 saves in the first half alone, four short of her single game career high. She had a first half save percentage of 45.5% after only stopping 38% of the shots on goal she faced all of last season. Priem was fantastic in net for the Golden Eagles, and even Northwestern's broadcast crew couldn't stop glowing about her performance.
Baas finished with her first hat trick of the season and fourth of her career. Bochniak and Juliana Shearer continued their streak of scoring in every collegiate match they participate in with one tally each. Northwestern was led by five points from Mupo on three goals and two assists. Goalie Bridget Bianco made two saves in just under 45 minutes of action to pick up the win.
Up Next: Finally the tables turn for Marquette. They will travel to Ann Arbor on Friday where instead of a top flight program, they will face off with first year program Michigan. It will be the first ever home game for the Wolverines after starting the program off with a 20-7 loss at Villanova on Saturday. Marquette will stay in Michigan over the weekend and face Detroit (0-2) on Sunday. Marquette defeated the Titans at Valley Field last season, so it's a big weekend of opportunity for the Golden Eagles.