Duquesne's Caitlin Prince had a hat trick in just over 12 minutes of action, and her fourth goal of the game gave the Dukes an 8-1 lead on Friday afternoon. Duquesne used an aggressive forecheck to pin Marquette down early, and they held the Golden Eagles to just three shots while causing 10 MU turnovers as they built that seven goal lead.
But Marquette would tighten up the ship over the last nine minutes of the first half, and Kenzie Brown scored twice, including one with just a second left in the half, and the Golden Eagles went into intermission down 8-3.
The teams traded goals to start the second half, with the exception of two Duquesne goals coming 39 seconds apart, and Amanda Kidder's third goal of the game gave the Dukes a 13-6 lead with 17:06 to play. Play was much more back and forth than the first half, but Marquette was unable to start cracking into the Duquesne lead.
Then: Brown finished her hat trick, and Marquette would get two more goals in less than two and half minutes, and things seemed to be going in the right direction with 13:38 to play. Amanda Bochniak finished her hat trick on a helper from Julianna Shearer with 9:25 remaining, and suddenly, Marquette was down 13-10 with momentum clearly running in their direction.
But the Dukes didn't have a hard fought loss to #8 Penn State because they wilt under pressure. Marquette was only able to manage three shots for the rest of the game, and Prince's sixth goal of the game with just under three minutes left effectively ended the game.
Prince's six strikes were a game high in both goals and points. Bochniak finished with three goals and two assists to lead the Golden Eagles in points and extend her collegiate scoring streak to five. Fellow freshman Shearer did not find the back of the net, ending her collegiate scoring streak.
Goalie Sarah Priem made three saves before being lifted for Emma Salter for the final 16 minutes. With three of Marquette's late goals coming after Priem was lifted, you have to wonder if her teammates took the goalie change by head coach Meredith Black as a wake up call of sorts. Duquesne goalie Kristen Gregory made seven saves on 17 shots on net, and was a big part of Duquesne's aggressive forecheck, spending a lot of her time well away from her net.
Marquette falls to 2-3 on the season.
Up Next: It's Spring Break on campus, but that doesn't stop games from happening. Marquette's second home game of the season will be on Wednesday evening at 5pm, as fellow second year program Coastal Carolina (2-3) comes to the Valley. The Golden Eagles picked up the first win in program history in overtime against the Chanticleers last season. CCU will host George Mason tomorrow before traveling to Milwaukee.