At the 14:49 mark of the first half, Hayley Baas beat Notre Dame goalie Samantha Giacolone while falling to the turf. Baas' goal extended her program record for career goals and tied the game at three each after the Irish had opened up a 3-0 lead in the first 4+ minutes of the game.
Seems like things were turning in Marquette's favor, right? At least making things interesting, if nothing else, right?
Yeah, nope. The #6 ranked Fighting Irish snapped in two goals in the next 100 seconds to retake the lead and ultimately end up outscoring Marquette 14-6 over the final 45 minutes of the game en route to a 17-9 victory for Notre Dame.
ND would take a five goal lead late in the first half before Cate Soccodato and Grace Gabriel notched goals in the final five minutes to make it a three goal margin at halftime. That's the closest that Marquette got for the rest of the game, though. Notre Dame got goals from Alex Dalton less than a minute after the first draw of the second half and from Cortney Fortunato before four minutes had wound off the clock, and the rout was on from there.
ND outscored Marquette 7-2 in the second half, including one final goal with five seconds left. I don't know what the deal is with teams who pull shenanigans like that. "Hey, we're up seven, let's get that one more score before the game is over." C'mon. If it was the first goal of the season for Grace Muller, I'd probably look the other way because maybe head coach Christine Halfpenny was just emptying her bench. Nope, it was the 20th of the year for Muller. Not cool.
While the score was lopsided, Marquette head coach Meredith Black was pleased with her team's performance against a top 10 squad. Here's what she told GoMarquette.com after the game:
"I think it was a good response from Friday's performance (against Denver). I thought we could have taken advantage of some more opportunities, putting the ball in the back of the net a couple more times in the second half would have made a big difference. You can't let a team like Notre Dame get too big of a lead and I thought we allowed that by coming out a little flat to start the second half. Overall, though, I thought we played pretty well and I'm happy with our performance."
If she was ultimately happy with the outcome, I guess we can't be all that critical, right?
Muller was one of three Irish players who finished with a hat trick. Marquette held Cortney Fortunato to just two goals and an assist, and I get to say "just" because the junior was averaging more than five points per game coming into Monday afternoon's game. Marquette had eight different players score, with only Julianna Shearer finding the back of the net twice. Three different Golden Eagles joined Shearer in a multi-point outing with a goal and an assist.
Up Next: Marquette opens up the conference schedule on Saturday. They'll be in Philadelphia to tangle with Villanova on Saturday, with the first draw scheduled for 11am Central. The Wildcats are 2-9 on the season after opening Big East action with a loss to Connecticut this past Saturday.