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Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Beats Stetson Easily

The Hatters were no match for the Golden Eagles over the weekend.

Shea Garcia
Shea Garcia had three goals and an assist against Stetson.
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Your final from DeLand, Florida, on Sunday afternoon: Marquette Golden Eagles 19, Stetson Hatters 8.

That doesn’t quite get the message across about how this game went.

Let’s put it this way: Grace Gabriel had a natural hat trick in the game in the first four minutes and 13 seconds. Marquette was up 5-0 before Stetson even got a shot off. The shot came just before seven minutes had elapsed in the game. That’s how one-sided things were to start off between these two teams. The lead would become 6-0 before Stetson snapped the streak, and if that 6-0 streak didn’t effectively end the game, the one that Marquette put together to take the game from 10-3 to 16-3 with three minutes left in the first half absolutely did.

The Hatters actually outscored Marquette 4-3 in the second half, knocking together all four goals in a row in a 19 minute span. Did it matter? No it did not. It was 17-8 with a little under seven minutes left when they were done. 24 Golden Eagles saw action in the game and MU’s two goalies, Jules Horning and Sophia Leva, split the game right down the middle with Horning departing at halftime.

Gabriel led Marquette in goals, adding on a fourth marker with 21:57 left in the first half. Caroline Steller, Megan Menzuber, and Shea Garcia all had hat tricks as well. Menzuber added two assists to her day to finish with a team high five points. Leva, Steller, and Erin Dowdle all had two caused turnovers to help disrupt the Stetson offense.

Perhaps the wildest part of what Marquette accomplished on offense in this game is the fact that they were without both Charlotte McGuire and Cate Soccodato. Those two have combined for 27 goals and 23 assists in MU’s first seven games of the season, which is a pretty strong component of how things have operated. Even without them out there, particularly Soccodato, who has nearly three times more assists than anyone else on the team, the Golden Eagles were able to fire on all cylinders.

Up Next: Marquette heads out to New York for two games next weekend. They’ll visit Canisius (0-6) on Friday afternoon before playing Niagara (3-3) on Sunday afternoon.