Gaels Blow Past Marquette to Remain Unbeaten at Home
from press release
MORAGA, Calif. -- A 7-1 run to begin the game got the Saint Mary's lacrosse team started and the Gaels cruised from there, beating Marquette 16-7 on a sun splashed day in Moraga.
Saint Mary's (2-3) stayed perfect at home this season with the win, much to the delight of a strong home crowd.
Leading the way offensively were midfielders Rachel Minarovich and Amanda Cross, with each scoring four goals for the Gaels.
They each assisted on a goal as well. Caroline Mahony played the role of distributor, racking up three assists and scoring a goal of her own.
The Gaels were equally strong on defense, forcing 22 turnovers. Goalie Katherine Herzog stopped 10 shots in the victory.
"Defensively, we definitely pressured out a little bit more than we usually do," Saint Mary's coach Lauren Uhr said. "We kind of forced that straight up turnover, then really helped each other by taking up the lane. As a team on defense, a little bit of on-ball pressure definitely got in their heads a little bit.
Just over five minutes into the game, Allie DeBruhl got the scoring started, finding the net with an unassisted goal.
Jaclyn Biggers followed suit, putting Saint Mary's up 2-0 off an assist by Minarovich.
After Marquette (2-3) cut the lead in half with a goal of its own, the Gaels scored the next five. Jillian Chong, Minarovich, DeBruhl, Biggers and Krista Morgan all pitched in with a goal apiece.
"On attack, we found each other," Uhr said. "We drove hard, found the open person and put our shots away."
Saint Mary's took an 8-3 lead into halftime, then continued the offensive onslaught in the second half with eight more goals after the break.
Next for the Gaels is a trip to the East Coast. They'll begin with a noon game (Pacific Daylight Time) at Saint Joseph's on March 22, then head to Connecticut to take on Sacred Heart on March 24 at 10 a.m. The trip concludes on March 26 with a 10 a.m. game at Brown.