After their 8-7 win over Cincinnati on Friday, Marquette women's lacrosse wasn't in charge of their own destiny any more. They were sitting at 4-3 in Big East games, but needed to find out what would happen in Saturday's Georgetown-Temple game to see if their season would continue with the program's first appearance in the Big East tournament game.
Marquette needed either a Georgetown victory or a narrow Temple win, and they didn't get it. The Owls blew the Hoyas' doors off with a 9-1 run that bridged halftime on their way to an 11-4 victory. With that result, Marquette, Georgetown, and Temple all finish with a 4-3 record. Temple wins the three-way tiebreaker by way of goal differential after that seven goal victory, and Georgetown bumps out Marquette for the fourth and final spot in the Big East semifinals as a result of their 13-12 win over the Golden Eagles.
Just like that, Marquette's season is over.
It's hard to be very disappointed in that finish. Disappointed, sure, maybe a little bit, but you have to remember that this has easily been the best of Marquette's four years competing in Division 1. They finished the season with a record of 7-10 for the most wins in program history, bettering the past two seasons' final marks of 5-12. MU went 4-3 in the Big East after only managing one win in each of the team's first two years as a member of the conference. This year's squad rewrote the program record book on a number of levels, most notably with Allison Lane and Julianna Shearer both breaking the single season goals record.
With that, we have to say a big THANK YOU to *deep breath* Elizabeth Goslee, Molly O'Brien, Hayley Baas, Lauren Hooker, Sarah Priem, Emma Salter, Claire Costanza, Taylor Smith, Kenzie Brown, Emma Kern, Jacqueline Borzillo, Nicole Lankford, and Kayce Haverstick. Those 13 women have been the foundation for Marquette women's lacrosse, playing a part in all of the first four seasons in program history. They have laid the cornerstones for what this program is now and will be in the future. They don't leave Milwaukee with a positive record on the field, but we can't have anything but gratitude for the hard work and dedication that they've shown to build this program from the ground up. Thank you again, ladies, and we wish you all the best in the future.