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WLAX loses close game to Georgetown

Golden Eagles need win Friday to make BIG EAST Tournament

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Georgetown was able to hang on and narrowly beat the Marquette women’s lacrosse team 13-12 Saturday afternoon.

In a tight back and forth matchup, neither team was able to gain more than a three-goal lead. The first half saw Marquette and Georgetown trade goals but the Hoyas rallied to score three goals to take an 8-7 lead into halftime. Cate Soccodato led Marquette with a hat trick in the first half, and would score one more in the second marking a career-best four goals.

The Golden Eagles started the second half slow and found themselves trailing 10-7 early in the second half. Marquette fought back and responded by scoring five of the next six and led 12-11 with 11 minutes left in the game. However, the Hoyas were able regain the lead less than a minute later and hold Marquette scoreless the remainder of the game.

The two teams were evenly matched across the board but Georgetown held a slight advantage in shots (25-24) and ground balls (15-13). The Golden Eagles had an outstanding performance by Riley Hill who registered a career-best seven points and five assists in the game.

With the loss Marquette (6-10, 3-3 BIG EAST) drops to fourth place in the BIG EAST. The team sits in a tie with Temple (11-5, 3-3 BIG EAST) but hold a tie-breaker with the Owls after defeating them earlier this season. The top four teams in conference play make the tournament, and with one game left the Golden Eagles are fighting for their first ever BIG EAST Tournament appearance.

The team will secure a tournament birth if it defeats Cincinnati on senior day Friday. Cincinnati (4-12, 0-6 BIG EAST) will travel to Marquette winless in its last 10 games and at the bottom of conference play. First draw is set for 5 p.m.

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