USC shut Marquette out in the second half of Sunday's contest while scoring six goals of their own to blow open a 5-4 game at the half to an 11-4 game at the final horn.
Marquette started off in a 2-0 hole before I even managed to get USC's live stream open and running. Kylie Drexel scored her second of the game to make it 3-0 just barely past the four minute mark of the game, but Marquette had persevered for overtime wins in their last two games, so they weren't going to just roll over for the Women of Troy. Allison Lane got the Golden Eagles on the board at the 22:22 mark, and just over a minute later, Riley Hill's seventh goal of the season pulled MU within a goal.
The two teams would trade goals for the rest of the half with USC pushing it back to a two goal lead twice and Marquette cutting their lead in half twice. Things went to the half with USC leading 5-4 on the scoreboard and holding a 10-9 advantage on shots.
USC started out the second half much as they did the first, with Caroline de Lyra scoring two goals in the first four minutes to take the Trojans back to a three goal lead. But Marquette was unable to respond as they had in the first half. Marquette hadn't even gotten a shot off by the time USC scored those two goals, and they would only get off one shot before USC would get their third goal in the half from Amanda Johnansen.
There was still over 22 minutes left, though. We've seen crazier things happen with Marquette's men's lacrosse team this year. But USC held Marquette off the board for the entire second half, allowing them to fire off just six shots in the final 30 minutes. Only three of them found the cage, but Trojans goalie Gussie Johns stopped all three of those attempts. If the game wasn't over when there was only 10 minutes left and USC had an 8-4 lead, Drexel ended the discussion by scoring three more goals in the final nine minutes to finish with a game high of five goals.
Drexel added two assists for a game high seven points. MU was led by two goals from Lane, who was the only multi-point performer for the Golden Eagles.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles are off until Friday. That's when they'll start a four game home stand, where they play all four games in a nine day span. MU kicks things off with Michigan (4-3) on Friday at 5pm in the Valley.