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Women’s lacrosse’s offense comes alive in 17-6 win over Central Michigan

(Photo courtesy of Marquette Athletics.)

For Marquette women’s lacrosse (4-6), Friday wasn’t just an opportunity to get a win, it was a chance for the team to get their first consecutive win of the season.

Despite starting slow, three unique hat tricks propelled the Golden Eagles over Central Michigan (1-9), 17-6, at Valley Fields.

“I thought we were able to build momentum and keep it throughout. Even when it was a closer game,” Marquette head coach Meredith Black said. “There was a long period of time where it was a two goal game, but we felt that we were in control in those moments, so that was great.”

Marquette pushes back harder… a lot harder

Marquette opened the game with a 4-1 run on Central Michigan. It spanned over two quarters, 12 minutes and included three-time Big East Attacker of the Week, junior attacker Meg Bireley, scoring her 40th goal of the season.

After Central Michigan took a timeout, they collected themselves and started to push back. With two goals of their own, the Chippewas would make the score 5-3.

“No matter how the game ends up, in the first quarter of women’s lacrosse it’s tough to pull ahead by a significant number,” Black said. “We just needed to feel them out and understand what they’re going to do on offense. Getting beat sometimes teaches us quickly what we need to do and what we need to expect.”

Marquette didn’t take this sitting down and only 26 seconds later created momentum. First-year attacker CJ Meehan, pushed towards the back corner of the goal, rolled off her defender and pushed the ball in over the shoulder of Chippewa goalie, Alexa Martel.

In the second quarter, Marquette would have 17 shots compared to Central Michigan’s four.

This gave the Golden Eagles the push to create eight unanswered goals en route to the 11-point win.

“I think going into this week, we are finally putting together things that we’re working on,” Bireley said. ” We were really excited for this game and we wanted to show all the things we’ve been working on in the past few weeks because we’ve really been improving over the season.”

The 2023 season compared to now

After going 9-1 in the first 10 games of last season, Marquette sits 4-6 this season. They just now got their first consecutive wins of the season after this game.

“I think we have to bring energy and connection to each game [to get more wins], so it’s all the controllable stuff,” Black said. “Our skill is there. We’re young, so we’re still learning a lot and we’re still working through things.

“We have to know that’s going to happen and accept that while still taking care of the controllables like energy, hustle, work ethic, and connection.”

Up next

Marquette will stay at home to play No. 3 Michigan on Sunday at 12 p.m. CST in their last non-conference game of the year.

This article was written by Ben Hanson. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @benhansonMU.

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Benjamin Hanson
Benjamin Hanson, Sports Reporter
Ben Hanson is a sophomore from Minneapolis, Minnesota studying journalism, digital media and advertising. He is a sports reporter and the assistant social media producer for the Marquette Wire for the 2023-2024 school year. When he's not in the newsroom, he likes creative writing, being with friends and going to sporting events. He is excited to be able to spread the word of the Marquette Wire because it has done so much for him while also refining his sports writing.

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