Marquette rattled off three goals in just over three minutes in the middle of the second half to pull even with Colorado on Sunday afternoon, but the Buffaloes pulled away with two free position goals to follow up that MU run. That powered Colorado to the 10-8 win down at Valley Fields.
It started to seem that the game was going to slip away from Marquette late in the first half as Johnna Fusco went nuts for Colorado. Fusco scored four straight goals for the Buffaloes, although it was broken up in the middle by a goal from MU's Lindsey Willcocks. At the end of Fusco's run, it was halftime, and Colorado was up 6-3, a far cry from the 2-2 game when she started.
Marquette was hot coming out of the locker room, scoring four of the first five goals of the second half. The last three goals were that three goal streak I mentioned at the top of the recap, and between those goals and the turnovers that MU was forcing and the saves that Sarah Priem was making in net, it seemed like the Golden Eagles were primed to overtake the Buffaloes.
Except Sarah Lautman got on the board with a free position shot about a minute later, and Cali Castagnola's second of the game came about two minutes later. That made it 9-7 with 12:34 to play, and after Allison Lane made it 9-8 about a minute later, the Buffs started burning clock whenever they had possession. Lautman scored her second of the game with five minutes left, and whatever last gasp chance the Golden Eagles had completely disappeared when Elizabeth Goslee took a yellow card with 23 seconds left.
Colorado had the advantage in shots (25-21) and ground balls (36-30), while MU did their work on draw controls, coming away with a 12-6 lead in that category. The Golden Eagles' comeback in the second half was spurred by those draws, as they won the first five draws of the frame.
Julianna Shearer led the way for Marquette with a career high four goals, and Amanda Bochniak contributed two of Marquette's five assists on the day. Sarah Priem made 10 saves to keep Marquette in the game.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles have a Sunday/Tuesday road trip next week. They'll be back in Michigan to play Detroit (0-2) first, and on their way home, they'll stop in Evanston to take on Northwestern. The Wildcats are #5 in the country and are 1-2 on the season after playing three ranked teams to open things up.