Marquette bridged halftime with a 23 minute scoreless streak on Friday afternoon as they lost 11-5 to Denver. MU's record falls to 3-6 on the season with the loss.
Things started out just fine for Marquette with Julianna Shearer, Amanda Bochniak, and Allison Lane scoring in the first 18 minutes of the game. Lane's goal, her 16th of the season, gave Marquette a 3-2 lead at the time. It would also be Marquette's last goal of the half as they gave up four straight to the Pioneers, including one to Casey White with six seconds left in the half.
The Pios scored the first two goals of the second half to make the game 8-3. The problem at that point wasn't really the goals, it was the time it was taking. Denver's second goal after halftime wasn't until the 20:51 mark, and their defense was driving Marquette straight up a wall at that point. MU managed just one shot in the first 10 minutes after intermission, and even worse, they turned the ball over five times. While the two squads ended the game fairly close on turnovers (MU with 22, DU with 20), that kind of power outage at that particular time can a hell of a number on your fate.
Charlotte McGuire broke the Denver run with a man-up goal with 19:21 left in the game. That made it an 8-4 game, and even with that long scoreless streak, Marquette wasn't totally out of it. When they went until the 6:31 mark before scoring again, that pretty much was the end of that.
Shearer finished with two goals on the day to move her season total to 19, moving her into a tie for the ninth most goals in a season with eight more matches left to play this season. It also moved her into a tie for the 11th most points in a single season, but that's only because Bochniak's goal pushed her into a tie for the ninth most points.
Up Next: Here's why you would have hoped that Marquette would have had a better showing against Denver. The Golden Eagles will be back in the Valley on Monday afternoon when they host #4 Notre Dame. The Irish are 9-1 on the season and they'll host #6 Syracuse on Saturday afternoon before heading up to Milwaukee.