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Women’s lacrosse looks to bounce back against Colorado

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The Marquette women’s lacrosse team (0-1) fell in a heartbreaking double overtime loss to No. 16 Johns Hopkins on Sunday, 8-7. The Golden Eagles fought back from being down two goals twice in the game. The final comeback came in overtime and forced a second, sudden death period.

Marquette was propelled in the game by back-to-back team leader in scoring, Claire Costanza. The junior attacker had two goals and an assist, including Marquette’s first goal of the season. On the defensive end, junior goalie Sarah Priem faced 27 shots in more than 66 minutes of play and made eight saves.

Saturday, the Golden Eagles will try to even their season record with a road match-up against Colorado–Boulder.

The Buffaloes are only in their second year of play, but they are a talented bunch. Colorado returns 19 players from last year’s team, including all 12 starters and the three captains from the 2014 campaign. The Buffaloes won 11 games in their inaugural season and finished in a tie for third place in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation and advanced to the second round of the conference tournament. Colorado was led by sophomore midfielder Johnna Fusco. Fusco had 62 points last season on 45 goals and 17 assists and had team highs in goals, points and shots.

The key for Marquette on Saturday will be slowing down the Buffalo offense, as the team averaged more than 10 goals a game last season and had a shot on goal percentage of .811. Colorado is also strong in free-ball situations and has strength in net. The Buffaloes picked up 298 ground balls last season and goaltender Paige Soenksen made over 200 saves on the year.

The Golden Eagles will face the Buffaloes on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Boulder, Colo.

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