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Women's Lacrosse: Vanderbilt 11, Marquette 9

A rocket shot of a second half wasn't enough to counter the deficit from the first half on Wednesday afternoon in Nashville.

Hayley Baas had a hat trick against Vanderbilt.
Hayley Baas had a hat trick against Vanderbilt.
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Marquette scored four times in the final 10 minutes with strikes from four different players, but it wasn't enough as Vanderbilt held on for the 11-9 win over the Golden Eagles.  MU falls to 0-5 in Big East action with the loss and 4-11 overall.

I don't want to go so far as to say that it was all Vanderbilt early on, because it wasn't.  Yes, the Commodores scored 20 seconds in.  That was the only goal for the first 10 minutes of the game, though, until Hayley Baas tied it at one each.  From there, for the next 13 minutes, it was all Vanderbilt.  They scored seven goals over that stretch against just one Golden Eagles marker from Claire Costanza, and it was suddenly 8-2 with 8:31 left before intermission.  Six different 'Dores accounted for those seven tallies as MU goalie Sarah Priem didn't even register a save in that span, although she did catch one break from her crossbar.

No one scored for the rest of the half, as this game started to turn into something familiar for Marquette: the game where they just lost control for a little bit, but that was enough to cost them the game.  The defense kept up on both ends for the first nine minutes after halftime, too, until Allison Lane broke the ice to pull Marquette within five goals.

MU couldn't get a hot streak going in the second half as Vanderbilt kept winning draw controls, taking seven of the 11 after halftime.  But MU kept fighting, answering an Amanda Lockwood goal with tallies form Baas and Lane to make it a four goal game.  After Emma Dagres broke the MU run on a feed from Jill Doherty, Lauren Hooker's third of the year answered for Marquette with 9:53 remaining.

The turning point of the game might have been Leah Peterson's goal with 8:27 left.  That made it a five goal game.  Marquette would score three times in the final six minutes, including a goal from Baas for her hat trick with 70 seconds left.  What if that makes it 10-9 instead of 11-9?  What if VU didn't have Peterson's insurance policy in their hand already?  Maybe just a fraction more panic sets in for the Commodores, and just a fraction more fire lights up for Marquette.  But, that's how it played out, and Vanderbilt held off Marquette by the final horn.

Up Next: The Golden Eagles wrap up their home schedule on Saturday when they host Georgetown.  The Hoyas are 5-9 overall but 4-1 in Big East games this season, including a 13-12 win over UConn last night.  Game time is 5pm on Saturday out at Hart Park in Wauwatosa, which will be the back half of a doubleheader after the men's lacrosse team takes on #6 Duke at 1pm.