Box Score Feb. 14, 2015
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BOULDER, Colo. - The Marquette University women's lacrosse team was unable to recover from an early three-goal deficit as the University of Colorado claimed a 13-5 win at Kittredge Field Saturday afternoon, Feb. 14.
In a match-up featuring two relatively new programs, the second-year Buffaloes (1-1) raced out to a 3-0 lead in the first half and never looked back as they denied the third-year Golden Eagles (0-2) their first win of the season. Marquette was coming off a great showing against 16th-ranked Johns Hopkins, taking the Blue Jays to double-overtime before falling in sudden death, 8-7.
The Golden Eagles appeared to generate some momentum when they cut the deficit to 5-4 late in the first half on Julianna Shearer's first goal of the season, but Colorado finished the first half with two unanswered scores and MU was unable to climb back in contention.
"It was a tough game," said head coach Meredith Black. "Colorado played great and things just weren't going our way today. Games like this are good, though, because you can really learn a lot from them and that's what we plan to do."
In a surprising turn with 2:09 left in the first half, Marquette defense Elizabeth Goslee was issued her second yellow card, which disqualified her for the remainder of the contest. It showed as MU was outscored 6-1 in the second half without their preseason All-American.
"It's tough to lose [Goslee] to yellow cards, but I do think our defense stepped up and was still able to do a good job without her," said Black. "It's a good learning experience for the team to go through something like that."
One of the few bright spots was Nicole Gleason, who scored her first two goals of the season. Also adding goals for MU were Claire Costanza, Shearer and Goslee.
Colorado held the advantage in shots by a margin of 24-17 and forced 15 Marquette turnovers compared to committing just 10. Johnna Fusco tallied four goals to bring her season total to seven through two games. Blair Sisk also proved to be difficult to stop as she tallied three scores.
In net, CU's Paige Soenksen turned away 10 shots, registering five saves in each half. Meanwhile, Marquette made a change at halftime and put Emma Salter in who saved 11 shots in relief for Sarah Priem.
"I'm proud of Emma," Black said. "She really stepped and made some big saves for us.
"We're looking forward to getting back to work and preparing for our home opener against Northwestern," Black added.
The Golden Eagles welcome the fifth-ranked Wildcats on "National Marquette Day" at Valley Fields on Saturday, Feb. 21. First draw is set for 12 p.m.