Emily Cooper’s career day was big for Marquette women’s lacrosse as the Golden Eagles picked up an 18-11 victory over Canisius on Friday afternoon. With the win, MU is now 2-2 on the season and 2-0 at Valley Fields.
Before Friday, junior Emily Cooper had just one career point, an assist back in 2018. She had made a place for herself on draws in 2019, but that didn’t result in any scoring for the Maryland native. Her first career goal came early against the Griffins, giving Marquette a 2-1 lead. Career goal #2 kicked off a 3-0 Marquette run that had the Golden Eagles up 5-2 after 12 minutes. Career goal #3, yes, her very first hat trick on the day she scored her first career goal, gave the home team an 8-4 advantage with 7:25 left in the first half. Quite obviously, there were a lot of things going on in the meantime, but Cooper finding the back of the net provides quite the interesting set of waypoints on Marquette’s day in the Valley Fields bubble.
However, Cooper’s scoring outburst was not enough to propel Marquette to the win. Canisius scored three times in the final seven minutes of the first half to make it an 8-7 game at the break, and then Bryar Cummings scored the first goal of the second half on the first shot of the second half, and boom, 8-8 with 28:32 to play.
Definitely not the start to the second half that MU head coach Meredith Black wanted, especially after swapping out starting netminder Jules Horning for Sophia Leva at intermission.
Things got better, and they got better in a hurry. Emma Soccodato pumped home a feed from Megan Menzuber for Marquette’s first goal after halftime and in the process kicked off a 5-0 Marquette run in just four minutes of game action. The big one in there might have actually been the second one, as Ellie Henry grabbed up the draw control after Soccodato’s marker and crashed the net to make it a 10-8 game before Canisius really figured out that Marquette had taken a 9-8 lead.
The 5-0 run made it 13-8, but there was still 21 minutes left to go. Canisius made this very clear by scoring the next two goals of the game, making it a three goal margin with 17 minutes to go. Menzuber took up the mantle to solve this problem for Marquette, scoring 22 seconds later, and then firing in another goal less than 45 seconds after that. Suddenly it was 15-10.
Marquette held Canisius without a goal for over 11 minutes, and by the time that Cummings scored again for the Griffins, it was clear that the Golden Eagles had control here. Lydia Foust tacked one on with 70 seconds to go and Caroline Peterson provided an exclamation point as time expired.
Menzuber finished with five points (3G, 2A) to tie with Madison Kane (2G, 3A) for the team high in points. Cooper added six draw controls and a ground ball to her big day. Credit where credit is due to Leva, who weathered that first shot goal by Canisius to make nine saves after that and allow just four goals in the final 30 minutes and earn the win.
Up Next: Marquette hosts Niagara on Sunday afternoon with an eye on moving above .500 for the first time this season. The Purple Eagles beat Merrimack 10-8 on Friday for their first win of the season.