Juliana Shearer and Kenzie Brown both recorded hat tricks and Claire Costanza had a career high five points as Marquette fought back from a 5-0 deficit with seven straight unanswered goals to pick up their first win of the season against Michigan on Friday afternoon by a final score of 12-10.
Boy, that was fun to write!
Let's address the opening six minutes. It was Michigan's offense that did the trick. They only had one free position goal out of their first five strikes, and Marquette had won three of the draw controls along the way. Let's just chalk it up to excitement from the Wolverines for their first ever home game.
After digging a hole, Marquette buckled down. Step one: stopping the Wolverine attack. MU held Michigan without a goal for over 30 minutes through the middle of the game, forcing the Wolverines into 11 turnovers and just eight shots in between their goals. Step two: start hitting the net. Marquette only had two shots while Michigan was building their lead, with one coming on a free position attempt by Juliana Shearer. Once Marquette settled in, things changed. Marquette connected for goals on three free position shots on their seven goal run, and collected 12 shots along the way.
The second half wasn't without drama. After Kenzie Brown's natural hat trick put MU up 7-5 just moments into the second half, Michigan responded to cut the lead back to just one on Lauren Oberlander's third goal of the game. The Wolverines would eventually tie the game at eight and then again at nine on the first collegiate goal from Madeline Dion. That's when Marquette turned to their freshmen attackers. Amanda Bochniak put Marquette back out in front 10-9 as she extended her goal scoring streak to start her career to three straight games, and Shearer capped off her first career hat trick just over three minutes later to give MU a two goal cushion. Devyn Antolini broke through for her first career goal at the 4:34 mark on an extra man opportunity to put Marquette up 12-9, and while Michigan's Jess Angerman scored to make it 12-10 with more than four minutes left, Marquette put the clamps on for their first win of the season.
The Golden Eagles won the game with some simple statistical superiority, outdrawing Michigan 13-10 and outshooting them 24-22 as well. Marquette also won the turnover battle, committing 15 against 19 from Michigan. Sarah Priem made five saves for her first win of the season, while Michigan's Allison Silber made 10 saves in the losing effort. The Wolverines were led by six points from Angerman on four goals and two assists.
Up Next: Marquette travels 40 miles to the northeast today in order to take on Detroit (0-2) tomorrow. The game will be at Detroit Country Day High School's field house instead of Titan Field because Detroit is expecting three inches of snow tonight.