The 2019 season started on Friday afternoon for Marquette women’s lacrosse, and, uh, well, they might want a do-over on that. Notre Dame scored the first eight and the last six goals of the game on their way to a 19-4 shelling of the Golden Eagles.
Let’s put it this way: Notre Dame finished the first half with more goals (9) than Marquette had shots (5). That’s the kind of thing that happens when you rack up 13 turnovers in the first 30 minutes of action. By the time that the Irish turned it into an 8-0 game with 7:41 left in the first half — and let’s be clear, the game was effectively over at that point — Marquette had committed 11 turnovers and fired off just three shots. When Jessi Masinko scored with the yellow card induced advantage to make it 8-0, Marquette had not recorded a shot in over 10 minutes. A lot of them weren’t even very interesting turnovers. Notre Dame was credited with 10 caused turnovers on those 11 give aways, but that seems wildly generous. A lot of it appeared to be Marquette mishandling the ball more than it was Notre Dame interfering with a pass or checking a ball free.
I don’t really have much else to say about this game. It was ugly and bad.
Charlotte McGuire had two goals to lead Marquette in both goals and points. Megan Menzuber and Shea Garcia had MU’s other two goals, with Garcia tallying the marker in her first ever collegiate game. Cate Soccodato had MU’s only assist of the game. Jules Horning started in net and recorded 8 saves, seven in the first half, before being lifted for Sophia Leva for the final 26 minutes.
Up Next: Louisville comes to Valley Fields on Sunday afternoon. The Cardinals will start their season off on Friday night with a visit to Northwestern.