Is it good when three different players record a hat trick in the first half?
That’s what happened for Marquette women’s lacrosse on Wednesday afternoon at Valley Fields, as Lydia Foust, Hannah Greving, and Madison Kane all scored three times to put the Golden Eagles up 12-4 at the break. That was merely the start of good things for Marquette, as they ended up with a 19-9 victory over Central Michigan. The Golden Eagles are now 5-3 overall and a perfect 4-0 at home this season.
Believe it or not, officially, technically, this counts as a come from behind victory for Marquette. CMU scored first, with Tyra Prince hitting the net at the 28:53 mark.
It took Lydia Foust 29 seconds to wipe out Central Michigan’s lead, and then another 45 seconds to put Marquette up for good at 2-1.
Foust was denied the natural hat trick, as it was Madison Kane scoring MU’s third goal of the game at the 24:04 mark. MU’s first hat trick of the game came at the 22:34 mark, as Foust wrapped hers up. 4-1 Golden Eagles.
Hannah Greving wrapped up her hat trick with a shorthanded marker with 8:34 to go, and that one put the Golden Eagles up 20-3. Kane’s hat trick came juuuuuuuuuuuust under the wire, as she scored with just 15 seconds left in the half. That made it 12-4, and Marquette was firmly in control of things here.
Sure, Central Michigan was neck-and-neck with Marquette in shots in the half, 15-14. But the Golden Eagles got that score as lopsided as they did by putting 13 of their 15 shots on goal. Y’all, is putting 12 of your 13 shots on goal in the net good? I’m asking for a friend. It sounds pretty good.
As was the case in the first half, Central Michigan scored first in the second half, with a strike from Natalie Karlen this time. Marquette fired back with goals from Caroline Steller, Caroline Peterson, and Greving again, this time on a one woman advantage, and boom: 15-5, 22:53 to play. At that point, it was just a matter of playing keep away. Really, though, it was more like a game of take-away, as Marquette induced five failed clearances from CMU in the second half. That’s definitely one way to stop a rally before it even starts.
Foust and Greving both finished with five goals, while Foust gets the high point total on the day thanks to two assists, one more than Greving. Eight different women recorded an assist on the day, led by three from Megan Menzuber.
Jules Horning made the start for Marquette in net, and made seven saves in the first half. Sophia Leva took the second half, allowing four goals and making two saves before giving way to Delaney Friel for the final four minutes.
How about some highlights, courtesy of GoMarquette.com?
Up Next: Can I interest you in a lacrosse doubleheader in the Valley? The women will host Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at 2pm, but that’s going to come after the Marquette men host Robert Morris starting at 11am. Get there early if you want to get in, y’all.