February 28, 2014

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Huge Rally Propels Marquette Past Michigan

from press release

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Marquette University women's lacrosse team rebounded from an early five-goal deficit to topple Michigan, 12-10, at Oosterbaan Field House for its first win of the season.

"It feels great to win and it was an awesome, hard fought game," Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. "We showed our identity, which is to fight for 60 minutes regardless of the score. Going down was tough and I give a lot of credit to Michigan coming out strong. I think we were able to keep a cool head and kept our confidence and we were able to fight back one goal at a time."

Sophomore Claire Costanza's career-high five points (one goal, four assists) led the Marquette attack, while freshman Julianna Shearer and sophomore Kenzie Brown both added four points with a hat trick and an assist.

"We showed a lot more confidence and discipline today than we had in the first two games," Black said. "Our attack has been playing really well in practice and they finally showed that today. They are really very versatile and Claire is obviously so important to our team, but everyone else stepped up as well. It was a great game from Kenzie Brown and it was great to see those two veterans step up."

The Golden Eagles, who improve to 1-2 on the season, will face Detroit on Sunday afternoon to conclude their season-opening four-game road swing.

Michigan (0-2) was paced by four goals and a pair of assists from Jess Angerman, while Lauren Oberlander posted three goals.

After falling behind 5-0 to begin play, Marquette scored the next seven goals of the contest and never trailed again, although Michigan would tie the game on two occasions in the second half.

U of M's scoring drought lasted over 30 minutes on the game clock after scoring its fifth goal with 24:35 left in the opening period.

The Wolverines got on the board early with a score by Jess Angerman just 43 seconds into play. Michigan went on to build a 5-0 lead before freshman Rebecca Putna notched her first career goal on a free position shot at the 19:25 mark of the opening frame. Marquette closed out the first half with the final six goals, including the final two by Brown.

MU held a 13-10 edge in draw controls and outshot the Wolverines 24-22.

Friday's game marked the first home game in the history of Michigan women's lacrosse.

Marquette returns to action at 11 a.m. Central time on Sunday in Beverly Hills, Mich., at the Detroit Country Day School Field House.


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