Waaaaaay back on Saturday afternoon, Georgetown held out against a furious Marquette rally over the final 15 minutes and came away with a 8-7 over the Golden Eagles. MU drops to 4-12 on the season as they lose their 12th straight Big East game in a run that dates back to the second league game of the 2014 season.
The first 15 minutes was a horror show for Marquette. They were down 2-0 after just 130 seconds and they followed that up with struggling to clear out of the defensive end after forcing Georgetown into turnovers. Caroline Tarzian got her second goal of the game essentially for free after a foul on goalie Sarah Priem gave Tarzian an unimpeded free position shot, and Amanda Ignacio's third goal of the season made it 4-0.
The next 15 minutes saw Marquette turn things around a bit. First, Nicole Gleason celebrated her Senior Day with a goal, and Riley Hill's 17th goal of her freshman campaign cut the lead in half. Georgetown got a bit of a break when they cashed in a Jenaye Coleman yellow card for a goal, but Allison Lane scored with just over six minutes left in the first half to make it 5-3. Considering how the first 15 minutes went, being down by two at intermission is a solid rebuttal.
The second half went much like the first. Georgetown snagged three goals in the first eight minutes, including two from Kristen Bandos. But after that, Marquette's defense tightened up. The Golden Eagles forced all six of Georgetown's second half turnovers after that point as they held the Hoyas off the scoreboard. The goals didn't start coming until just under the 16 minute mark when Hayley Baas made it an 8-4 game. Emily Donovan found the back of the net 46 seconds later, and again two minutes later. 8-6, 13 minutes to play, so it's anyone's game. Then, with 5:45 remaining, Baas scored her second goal of the game and Marquette could smell a victory.
Taylor Smith won the ensuing draw for MU and Hill drew a free position shot with 4:37 remaining. Georgetown's Maddie Fisher stopped it, though, and after the Hoyas cleared out of their end, they were free to hold on to it for the rest of the game, and so they did. Heck, I'm shocked that Adrianne Devine let a shot fly with just over three minutes left since there's no stall warning for women's lacrosse.
Up Next: One final time into the breach, but there's reason for positivity. Way up at the top there, you'll notice that I said "dates back to the second league game." That's because Marquette opened up their first season in the Big East with a win over Cincinnati. Saturday's opponent? Those same Bearcats. Both Marquette and Cincinnati are winless in league play this season, so the winner will finish in 7th place.