For 41 minutes on Friday afternoon, Marquette had themselves a contest against John Hopkins out in Baltimore. When it’s 8-6 with less than 19 minutes to play, it’s anybody’s game, if we’re behind honest.
However, that’s when the Blue Jays went on a 6-0 run over the next 16 minutes to stick a fork in Marquette and hand the Golden Eagles a 14-7 loss in the season opener for both squads.
While the final score is a little bit on the lopsided end of things, we have to give credit to Marquette for not letting it get out of control early. The Golden Eagles scored on the opening possession of the game on a free position shot from Grace Gabriel, but then surrendered the next six goals of the game. Charlotte McGuire’s first goal of the season snapped the string with less than 12 minutes to play in the first half, then both teams went quiet for a while.
Hop got goals from Nicole DeMase and Miranda Ibello 24 seconds apart to put them up 8-2 with 64 seconds left before intermission, but that’s when Marquette launched the offensive. Lindsey Willcocks and Allison Lane found the back of the net before the half ended, with Willcocks feeding Lane to beat the buzzer and make it an 8-4 game at the break.
It took a while for things to get going in the second half, but Cate Soccodato’s first of the season and a second marker from McGuire turned it into an 8-6 game with 18:56 to go. JHU would score four times in the next six minutes while allowing just two shots from MU to bring an end to the proceedings. Ibello and Maggie Schneidereith tacked on strikes with less than five minutes left, and Lane’s second of the game gave us our final margin.
Part of the deal was that Johns Hopkins’ stars came through for them. While they were led on the day with four goals from Ibello, they got hat tricks from DeMase and Shannon Fitzgerald as well. Emily Kenul only scored twice, but she had two ground balls, two draw controls, and two caused turnovers to contribute all over the field for the Blue Jays.
Three freshmen saw the field for Marquette in this one, led by Jocelyn Miller getting the start on defense and grabbing two ground balls. Madison Kane and Caroline Peterson contributed to the cause in their collegiate debuts as well.
Sophomore goalie Julianna Horning did her damnedest to keep the Golden Eagles in the contest, making 13 saves to keep the game from completely getting out of hand. Lane’s impact wasn’t limited to just her two goals, as she also had three ground balls, one caused turnover, and a game high eight draw controls.
Up Next: Marquette returns to action on Sunday afternoon when they head to Kentucky to tangle with Louisville. The Cardinals started off their season with a 15-9 win over Cincinnati on Friday. First draw is scheduled for noon Central, and you can watch the action on ACC Network Extra on WatchESPN.