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Marquette Women’s Lacrosse Can’t Hold It Together Against Arizona State

The Golden Eagles drop back to .500 as they suffer their third road loss of the season.

Shea Garcia
Shea Garcia scored four times against the Sun Devils.

A six goal run in the middle of the second half by Arizona State was the difference on Thursday afternoon as the Sun Devils ended up handing Marquette women’s lacrosse an 18-14 loss. The Golden Eagles are now 3-3 on the year and are still winless away from Valley Fields.

It looked, for a moment, that things wouldn’t even get to that run in the second half. Arizona State got out to a 4-1 start in the first 13 minutes, and that turned into 5-1 four minutes later. It wasn’t as bad as some of Marquette’s games have been in terms of turnovers and the like to help the opponent dig a hole, but y’know, it also wasn’t good.

Marquette got it in gear from there, bouncing back to score five of the next six goals to knot the game at six each. The Golden Eagles benefitted from two ASU penalties towards the end there, as both Caroline Peterson and Madison Kane scored goals on the one woman advantage. Still, the Sun Devils escaped into halftime with a 7-6 lead thanks to a last second goal from Tess Keiser.

That one ended up being something of an ominous goal, as ASU netted two more in the first three minutes after halftime to go up 9-6. MU answered with markers from Shea Garcia and Lydia Foust to make it 9-8 with 21 minutes exactly left to go. A perfectly reasonable lacrosse game, quite honestly.

And then the Sun Devils scored four goals in the next four minutes, including strikes just 11 seconds apart from Kerri Clayton and Kaylon Buckner, both of which came on feeds from Katie Brodsky. All of a sudden it was 13-8 with 17 minutes left, and Marquette was in real trouble. Brodsky scored one of her own nearly three minutes later, and Maddy Hunter’s goal with 13:26 left to go made it a 15-8 Arizona State lead.

That’s pretty much your ball game right there, kids.

Marquette made it interesting at least, scoring four of the next five goals in the game to make it 16-12 with 7:46 to go. The highlight in there has to be Caroline Steller scoring shorthanded while MU was down by six goals, which is a pretty big deal. Still, MU was running out of time, and two more goals from the Sun Devils made that all too clear.

Garcia led the day for Marquette with four goals, although she tacked on two more in the final five minutes to get there. Those four points led MU in that department as well, although Steller, Kane, and Lydia Foust all had two goals and an assist to tally three points in the game. Marquette split the goalkeeping right down the middle in this one, with Sophia Leva allowing seven and saving four in the first half, and Jules Horning allowing 11 and saving six in the second.

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Up Next: Marquette will stay in Arizona and puzzle this one over for a minute or two before facing Fresno State on Saturday afternoon. ASU will be hosting that one as well and they will be very nice hosts and stream it via as well.