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Women's Lacrosse: #6 Notre Dame 12, Marquette 5

14-5 in last year's finale. Progress? Maybe.

Sarah Priem and Marquette's defense stood strong against the Irish in the first half.
Sarah Priem and Marquette's defense stood strong against the Irish in the first half.

For a long time in the first half, things looked REALLY good for the Golden Eagles.  Notre Dame didn't even take a shot for four and a half minutes, and it took nine shots over more than first 15 minutes for the Irish to build a 3-0 lead.  Yes, Marquette hadn't scored yet, but you're talking about playing a top 10 team in the country that has three losses on the season, all to other top 10 ranked teams.  Merely stymieing them is a pretty solid effort, and the defense continued to hold.  Notre Dame went on a 10-plus minute scoreless drought, and Marquette busted through with freshman Amanda Bochniak scoring the first Golden Eagles goal of the game.

3-1, late in the first half, #6 team in the country... Pretty good, right?  Sure, if it lasted.  Notre Dame scored twice before halftime to make it 5-1, then scored the first six goals of the second half to take an 11-1 lead.  Bochniak's second goal of the game finally broke a longer than 30 minute stretch without a tally for the Golden Eagles, and at that point, the game was over.  The Golden Eagles would end up outscoring Notre Dame 4-1 over the final 8:35, but that was just a bit of playing out the string.

Marquette was victimized by a well disciplined Irish attack.  Cortney Fortunato, Kiera McMullen, and Caitlin Gargan all had two goals and one assist for Notre Dame, which was a three way tie for the team high in goals, and points.  They were also part of a six way tie for the team lead in assists, as half a dozen players all helped out on one goal each.

Shots in the game were fairly close, with Notre Dame taking a 28-22 advantage.  Liz O'Sullivan made 11 stops in the Irish net, while Sarah Priem made nine saves in the Marquette end.

Up Next: Marquette returns home on Sunday to host Winthrop at noon Central.  The Eagles (3-5) are a second year program just like Marquette, and there will be FREE PIZZA for students and Marquette texting gloves given away as well.