Marquette defeats Winthrop in final game before Big East play

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Marquette Women's Lacrosse vs. Grand Valley State UniversityThe Marquette women’s lacrosse team scored early and often in its 13-6 victory over Winthrop Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields.

From the first whistle, the Golden Eagles came out to arguably their best start of the season as freshman Amanda Bochniak scored just more than a minute into the game. The offensive onslaught continued, as sophomore Claire Costanza found the back of the cage twice in three minutes, making it 3-0 after just five minutes of play. Bochniak added another goal two minutes later on an 1-up opportunity. Winthrop got one back to make it 4-1 halfway through the first period.

“We’ve been able to work with each other,” coach Meredith Black said. “We know each other. We know where each other is going to move, and it’s helped us to be more successful on the clears.”

Marquette proceeded to go on a 5-0 run close the half, featuring goals by Bochniak, freshman Devyn Antolini, sophomore Hayley Baas, sophomore Kenzie Brown, and redshirt freshman Taylor Smith to give the Golden Eagles a comfortable 9-1 lead at the half. Brown’s goal marked the seventh consecutive game in which she scored for the Golden Eagles.

The second half began with Bochniak scoring the third of her four goals. Baas also finished the game with a hat trick. Winthrop went on a 5-2 run to end the game, but Marquette earned its fourth victory of the season by a 13-6 score line.

“A game like this is a game we can compete in,” Black said. “So we use that as a measuring stick of can we come out and get an eight goal load on a team like this. Today we were able to do that, which is new for us but it very exciting.”

For the second time this season Marquette held a statistical advantage over its opposition, as the Golden Eagles out-shot Winthrop 28-11. In addition, the Golden Eagles held a 12-7 edge in ground balls. That said, the entire match can be defined by the fact that Marquette won 14 of 21 draw controls.

“We’ve been working on the draw controls all week; it’s something we’ve struggled with a little bit, but we’ve been working on it,” Black said. “We put Jackie Borzillo on the draw and she did a great job. We just really had the need to have the ball in our sticks today. “

Marquette returns to action Friday at 6 p.m., as it opens Big East play against Cincinnati at Valley Fields. The match is the second annual game to support the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

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