Four goals each from Grace Gabriel and Megan Menzuber led the day for Marquette women’s lacrosse on Saturday, as they picked up a 17-7 victory over Old Dominion. It was the first ever meeting between the two programs, and Marquette is now 8-7 on the year and 2-1 in Big East play.
If you’re a big fan of run of play goals in women’s lacrosse, you absolutely hated how the first 17 minutes of this game played out. The first six combined goals of the game all came on free position shots, with Marquette ripping off five straight after Old Dominion found the back of the net first. Lindsey Willcocks threw in two of the five for Marquette, but the most impressive one came from Jocelyn Miller. It was the first career goal for the sophomore defender, and with ODU tucking the game behind a $10 paywall, it’s fascinating to try and figure out how Miller, perhaps MU’s best defensive player, ended up so far down the field, as well as in a position to draw a foul that led to a free position opportunity as well. Good for her for cashing it in, too, since she obviously doesn’t get many chances to fire away in live game situations.
Marquette’s four goal lead through the first 17 minutes kind of set the Golden Eagles up for the rest of the game. They traded goals with the Monarchs for a little bit, with ODU pulling within three at 6-3 with 8:43 left in the first half, which did make it appear to be a bit of a game still. The Golden Eagles ended the first half with just a one shot advantage over Old Dominion, but they led 10-4 at the break. This was thanks to snapping together four goals in a three minute window late in the half to make it 10-3. The first three goals of the second half also came from the Golden Eagles, with Menzuber, Gabriel, and Charlotte McGuire finding the back of the net. By then, it was 13-4, and as Old Dominion didn’t score back-to-back goals the rest of the way down, it was rolling to an easy victory for the Golden Eagles.
The wildest part about the game is that it saw 10 yellow cards and a green card, but neither side scored while one woman up until there was 4:36 left to go. In fact, Marquette actually scored while down a woman, when Madison Kane netted a shortie with 19:01 left to play in the second half.
Gabriel and Menzuber led the way in goals, but they were joined in a four point day by Cate Soccodato who dished four assists, all in the final 36 minutes of the game. Jules Horning made six saves, three in each half, to notch the win and become the winningest goalie in Marquette history with her 19th career victory.
Up Next: The Golden Eagles get a big time test next weekend. They’ll be headed out to Peter Barton Stadium in Colorado for a tilt against #15 Denver. The Pioneers are 3-0 in Big East play after a 16-5 victory over Butler on Saturday. Saturday’s win was the fourth straight victory for the Pios, who are 11-2 on the year.