Seven players recorded multi-goal games as Marquette women’s lacrosse set a new record high for goals in a game as they defeated Kennesaw State 20-7 on Tuesday afternoon. The Golden Eagles are now 2-3 on the season, while the Owls drop to 0-2.
For a bit in the early going, it seemed like we might be in for a back-and-forth contest. Marquette scored the first three goals of the game, and Kennesaw State answered back with two of their own to make it 3-2 after 12 minutes. That’s when Marquette kicked it into gear. Four different Golden Eagles teamed up to score the next six goals, including sophomore Logan Dobratz, who scored her first career goal to cap off the run and make it a 9-2 game with 4:13 left to go in the first half. Somehow the two squads fit in three more goals before the end of the half, and we went to the break with Marquette up 10-4.
Marquette got three more goals in the first three minutes of the second half, including two from Riley Hill, to make it a 13-4 game and thus pretty much ended the competitive portion of the afternoon. The Owls would answer back with two more, but MU fired off the next five goals of the game, with Charlotte McGuire activating the running clock when she put Marquette up 16-6 with 18:26 to play.
It was a day of firsts for Marquette. Not only did Dobratz get her first career goal, but Abagail Squirrell and Mary Kate Condon did as well. In addition to that, Marquette’s defense forced not one but two shot clock violations in the game. This is the first year that NCAA women’s lacrosse has had a 90 second shot clock, and this was the first (and second) time this year that the Golden Eagles defense has forced the turnover by way of the horn sounding.
Amanda Bochniak led the way with a four point day on three goals and one assist, and she was joined in Hat Trick Town by Allison Lane, who had three goals. Lane was a force all over the field, chipping in three ground balls, three draw controls, and three caused turnovers, and Julianna Shearer was tearing it up as well with two goals, an assist, five ground balls, five draw controls, and a caused turnover. Marquette finished with 13 caused turnovers as a team, which accounted for more than half of the 24 Owl giveaways in the game.
Goalie Molly Grozier played the first 30 minutes for Marquette, making three saves to get the win. Jules Horning took care of the net in the second half and made four saves along the way.
Up Next: Things veer back into difficult territory for the Golden Eagles as they continue on their seven game road trip. They’ll be in Colorado on Sunday to take on the Buffaloes, who are ranked #9 in the country at the moment. CU is 4-0 on the season and will host Denver on Friday.