A slow start didn’t derail Marquette women’s lacrosse on Saturday, as they still ended up with a 16-3 victory over Butler. With the win, Marquette is now 7-7 on the year and 1-1 in Big East play with three conference games left to go.
With a 38-5 margin in the meetings between Marquette and Butler in the past two seasons, the final margin of this game is not terribly surprising. However, when it was 3-1 Marquette with seven minutes left in the first half.... well, that was a bit of a surprise. Marquette was playing perfectly fine lacrosse, they just weren’t scoring goals. At the seven minute mark of the first half, Butler’s Amanda Rumsey had already made eight saves in the game, which does explain a lot as to what was going on with MU’s offense. Shots were flying, but they were getting snared by Rumsey.
Things turned around shortly thereafter as Caroline Steller scored while Shea Garcia was serving a green card one minute penalty. The shortie kicked off a 4-0 run for the Golden Eagles over the next five minutes that flipped the game into a 7-1 affair. MU went to the half up 7-2 after a Holly Hall goal thanks to a yellow card on Grace Gabriel, but Charlotte McGuire and Gabriel both scored quickly coming out of the locker room to make it 9-2 with 27:48 left to go.
That was more along the lines of the score that previous history indicated that we were going to get, and the rest of the game just emphasized that. Ashley Guerra knocked in a goal 40 seconds after Gabriel’s goal to make it 9-3, but from there on out, it was all Golden Eagles. MU got seven more goals over the final 27 minutes while holding Butler to just five shots. Again: Seven goals for MU, five shots for Butler. Three of those shots were saved, two by Jules Horning and one by Sophia Leva after she came in to relieve Horning in the developing blowout. Along the way, Marquette induced ten turnovers from the Bulldogs, including a shot clock violation. Again: five shots, ten turnovers. That’s absolutely the way that you turn a 9-3 game into a bit of a laugher at the final horn.
Speaking of Horning, she was fantastic in her 44 minutes of action. She finished with eight saves with six in the first half, but that wasn’t the whole story. Horning had four ground balls in the game as well as two caused turnovers. Part of Horning’s whole deal in this game was the fact that she was free to wander around out of her crease and create plays like this one:
Look where she is! You can’t even see the net behind her in the camera shot there! That’s crazy stuff, and by the way, this was when it was still 2-0 early in the game!
Grace Gabriel did Grace Gabriel things in this game, finishing with five goals and two assists for a new career high seven points on the day. MU also got hat tricks from Shea Garcia and Charlotte McGuire, with McGuire adding an assist for a four point afternoon.
How about some highlights, courtesy of GoMarquette.com?
Up Next: Marquette heads out on the road for their next game. They’ll be out in Virginia to take on Old Dominion next week Saturday as the Golden Eagles look to pick up a second win in Big East action and nudge towards a top four finish and a Big East tournament berth. The Monarchs are just 3-11 on the year and have lost three straight, including their first two Big East games. The combined margin those two league games: 37-11.