Marquette scored the first four goals of the game in the first ten minutes en route to a 15-4 win over Saint Mary's on Tuesday evening. That moved Marquette's record to 3-3 on the season, with all three wins coming in their last three games. It's the first time in program history that the Golden Eagles have won three consecutive games, it ties the record for most goals in a game, and on top of all of that, it sets a new record for largest margin of victory.
As if team records weren't enough, Claire Costanza did a number on the individual record book against the Gaels. The junior from Webster, New York, opened up the scoring less than three minutes into the game and would finish the contest with three goals and a Marquette record seven assists. As you might guess, her 10 total points is also a new program record. Freshman Riley Hill joined Costanza in the multiple point category by recording her own hat trick and adding two assists as well. Hill finished off her trio of goals in a 20 minutes and 15 second span that stretched across halftime.
I'd go into the details of who scored when and so forth, but after Jaclyn Biggers got the Gaels on the board at the 19:15 mark of the first half, Marquette answered with six straight goals to take a 10-1 lead. I mean, at that point, things were effectively over, and even if they weren't, Marquette scored the first four goals after halftime to make it 14-2.
There was one thing that Marquette didn't do well in this game. Saint Mary's carried the day on draw controls, outdueling Marquette 15-6, including winning every single draw control in the second half. As you can tell, all of these extra possessions did not exactly work out well for the Gaels. Marquette caused 16 turnovers in the game to negate the advantage that SMC had on draw controls, and Saint Mary's contributed another five errors on their own to short circuit their own efforts.
Marquette split the goalie duties down the middle in the game, with both Sarah Priem and Emma Salter each playing one half. Priem took the win, but Salter doubled up her teammate on saves, recording two against Priem's lone stop.
Up Next: Marquette is still out on their Spring Break road trip for one final outing. They'll be in Los Angeles on Sunday to take on USC (3-2) as the Golden Eagles look to move above .500 for the first time in program history.