Eight different Golden Eagles contributed to a program record for goals and in a game as Marquette beat Central Michigan 17-4 on Saturday afternoon.
Julianna Shearer led the way for Marquette, tying a personal best for points in a game with six. She tied the program record for goals in a game with five, equaling the total that she herself put up two years ago and Kenzie Brown reached three seasons ago. Shearer had the most impressive five goal performance of the three this time around, as she did it in less than 24 minutes. She actually did it in just a 23 minute stretch, as her first goal didn't come until more than a minute had wound off the clock.
As could be expected with a program record of 27 points in a game, multiple players had multi-point days. Hayley Baas had three goals to extend her program record to an even 80, Amanda Bochniak had two goals and three assists, Charlotte McGuire had two goals and a helper, Riley Hill had a goal and three assists, Cate Soccodato, the reigning Big East Freshman of the Week, had two goals and an assist, and Allison Lane had a goal and an assist.
Lane's biggest contribution wasn't on the scoreboard, though. She equaled her personal best with six draw controls in the game, which is also the Marquette record. When in doubt, send the six-foot tall woman out there to grab the ball out of the air, I always say.
Marquette opened the game up with four goals in the first five minutes before CMU answered with two of their own. That was the end of a competitive contest between the two teams, though, as the Golden Eagles scored another four goals in the next five minutes to make it 8-2. That was just the start of a 12 goal run for MU that included ending the half at 12-2, a program record for goals in a half. Lauren Hooker wrapped up the scoring with 19 seconds left to set the program record for margin of victory at 13, eclipsing the previous record of 11.
Emma Salter got the nod in net, making three saves in 44 minutes before giving way to backup Molly Grozier. From reading head coach Meredith Black's quotes in the official GoMarquette.com recap, it seems that the choice to go with Salter over usual starter Sarah Priem was entirely based on the fact that Central Michigan is in their first year as a Division 1 program and not anything else.
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Up Next: The Golden Eagles will have a week off before they tangle with Denver out in the Rocky Mountains next Saturday. While that would be a league game for the men's squad, it's just a non-conference contest for the women. The Pioneers are 3-4 on the season, but have games against Dartmouth and Marist between now and Saturday.