Emily Donovan deposited a feed from Claire Costanza with 2:14 left in overtime and Marquette women's lacrosse defeated UC-Davis for their second straight overtime win in as many games. It's just the second overtime win in program history and the third time that MU has won two straight games in program history.
Taylor Smith started the scoring against the Aggies with a free position strike less than 90 seconds into the game. Costanza added to the lead 81 seconds later, and at the 12:23 mark of the first half, Donovan gave Marquette a 3-0 lead on a pass from Costanza. Things were running along smoothly for the Golden Eagles, and even when UC-Davis scored twice in 74 seconds with 8:32 left in the first half, that was okay. Still had a lead at halftime, so just protect that and we'll be fine.
It took a while for either team to get going in the second half, but Smith broke the ice again, using another FPS with 12:43 left in regulation to bump MU back to a two goal lead. The Aggies' top two scorers, Elizabeth Landry and Melissa Kellan, hooked up to cut the lead in half on a goal by Landry less than a minute after Smith's tally, and then it was Kellan's turn, knotting the game at 4 with 9:28 remaining.
UCD's Kai Murphy came up huge for the Aggies in the final stretch of regulation. Marquette outshot the Aggies 7-0 after Kellan's goal, and Murphy had to make four saves to keep the game tied up. Two of those seven shots came on free position attempts, but Donovan missed wide right, and Nicole Gleason's try with 4:53 remaining was blocked before it got to Murphy.
The first three minute segment of overtime passed with just one shot between the two teams. Smith got off a swing with 33 seconds left, but it was stopped by Murphy. Then, 14 seconds into the second segment, Marquette caught a break, as Samantha Hadley was whistled for a foul and issued a yellow card. That sent MU on the extra woman opportunity, and Donovan cashed it in 32 seconds later. Marquette still had to play defense for the final 2:14, and that they did, allowing UCD just one shot, a rip by Kellan that flew high.
Costanza finished with a game high three points, adding helpers on both of Donovan's goals in addition to scoring one of her own. Sarah Priem wasn't hard pressed to earn her second straight win of the season. UCD took just 12 shots all game long, with only half of them making it on cage. Priem made two saves in the victory, while Murphy made 13 in the loss.
Up Next: MU's still on their spring break trip in California. The Golden Eagles will look for a program record third consecutive win when they play Saint Mary's on Tuesday. The Gaels are 0-4 on the season with a 22-8 loss to Michigan on Friday in their most recent contest.