Maquette’s six-game unbeaten streak came to an end Wednesday night as No. 21 Notre Dame (6-3-3, 3-1 Big East) knocked down Marquette (4-4-4, 1-1-2 Big East) 4-1 at South Bend, Ind.
The backline suffered its worst performance, in terms of goals allowed, since redshirt sophomore David Check took over as goalkeeper for senior Keenan Flynn. Check entered the match with a .64 goals against average.
It was also Marquette’s first game without freshman defenseman Eric Pothast, who is out a minimum of three to four weeks with mononucleosis and could be done for the season.
Despite being outscored, Marquette gave itself opportunities to score. It had as many shots as Notre Dame (12) and had the edge in corner kicks 7-4.
Notre Dame scored three goals in the first 30 minutes of action, forcing a Marquette team that came in averaging .75 goals per game to scramble for offense.
Marquette found offense in the second half in the form of sophomore forward Chris Madsen’s 56th minute goal on an assist from junior midfielder Calum Mallace, who added to his team leading point total (10). It was Madsen’s second goal of the season.