Marquette women’s lacrosse unleashed holy hell upon Canisius in the back end of the first half on Friday afternoon, ripping through seven unanswered goals before finally winning 19-8. With the win, Marquette is now 5-4 on the season.
We got a nice competitive lacrosse game for the first 15 minutes or so in Buffalo, with the Golden Eagles building themselves a 5-4 lead. That’s when the smashy smashy started. From the 15:40 mark of the first half all the way down through the 28 minute mark of the second, Marquette popped off nine consecutive goals, with seven coming before the halftime horn sounded. Six different Golden Eagles found the back of the net, with Grace Gabriel, Shea Garcia, and Charlotte McGuire each netting two as part of the run. In that 18-ish minute stretch, Marquette held Canisius to just four shots while creating five turnovers. One more time for the people in the back: The Golden Griffins had more turnovers than shots while MU was on their 9-0 run.
That was pretty much that for the day, as Marquette led 14-4 when the run was over. Canisius did claw two goals back in relatively quick order to make it an eight goal game with 20 minutes left, but Megan Menzuber kicked off a 5-0 run that took another eight minutes off the clock. That spree turned the running clock back on, and at that point, it was really just a matter of waiting for zeroes to turn up on the board.
The shot/turnover thing during the 9-0 run was really just an indicator of the bigger picture on the afternoon. Marquette ended up outshooting Canisius 46-18, including 27-9 in the first half. In the turnover department, the Griffins had 20, with 12 in the first half, while MU had just 11 spread fairly evenly throughout the game.
Charlotte McGuire and Cate Soccodato made their return to the lineup here, with McGuire posting a game high five goals and Soccodato adding a goal and three assists. Gabriel had four goals to match Soccodato in points, while Menzuber (2G, 2A) and Garcia (3G, 1A) got to the four point plateau as well.
Jules Horning minded the net for the Golden Eagles in the first half, making two saves, while Sophia Leva made four stops in 24 second half minutes. Freshman Delaney Friel came on for the final six minutes in her collegiate debut, allowing two goals.
Up Next: Marquette returns to action just a wee bit to the north of Canisius on Sunday when they visit Niagara. The Purple Eagles are 3-4 on the season and riding a four game losing streak. First draw is set for 11am Central time, and you can watch the whole deal on PurpleEagles.com.