Golden Eagles Fall to Trojans on Senior Day

MILWAUKEE An early second half rally fell short on Sunday afternoon at Valley Fields as Marquette lost 11-5 to USC on Senior Day.

The Golden Eagles conclude their second season of NCAA Division I competition with an overall record of 5-12 and 1-6 in Big East Conference action. Taylor Smith scored her seventh and eighth goals of the season to lead Marquette with two tallies on the afternoon, while Hayley Baas, Nicole Gleason and Emily Donovan posted MU's other markers.

Caroline de Lyra led the Trojans with three goals and three assists and Alex Moore, Michaela Michael and Annie Ruland all posted a pair of goals.

USC, which played No. 5 Northwestern on Saturday evening at Wrigley Field, jumped ahead 5-0 to begin action before Smith put the Golden Eagles on the board with 2:41 left before the half.

The Trojans scored the first goal of the second before a 4-0 MU run pulled Marquette to within a point, 6-5, on Smith's second tally with 12:29 remaining.

The Golden Eagles could not get any closer however, as USC scored the final five goals of the game for an 11-5 victory.

Seniors Meredith Donaldson and Jennifer Zandlo each made their first career starts on Sunday and Zandlo came up big with three early saves in just over 11 minutes in the cage.

USC held a slim 10-8 advantage in draw controls and an edge in shots (22-16), while ground balls were even at 13 apiece.

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. USC (9-8) defeated Marquette (5-12) by a score of 11-5 to conclude the 2014 regular season at Valley Fields on Sunday, April 27. The Women of Troy will now turn their attention to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament where it will enter the field as the fifth seed of six teams.

The Trojans out-shot the Eagles, 22-16, and were a perfect 10 for 10 on clear attempts. USC also won the center circle with 10 draw controls to Marquette's eight and kept its turnover margin low.

Sophomore attacker Caroline de Lyra led all players with six points as she recorded a hat trick and added three assists, a ground ball, and two of USC's seven caused turnovers. Freshman attacker Alex Moore had two goals and two assists to go with two ground balls and a draw control. Freshman Michaela Michael also scored two and led the way with three draw controls. Freshman attacker Annie Ruland scored twice while Gabby McMahon and sophomore midfielder Haleigh Dalmass each scored one goal each.

On defense, sophomore Courtney Tarleton had two ground balls and a caused turnover while freshman Kate Pederson had two ground balls, a draw control, and a pair of caused turnovers. Sophomore netminder Liz Shaeffer produced five saves on the day.

For the Eagles, Taylor Smith scored twice. Hayley Bass, Emily Donovan, and Nicole Gleason added the other three goals. Bass and Jacqueline Borzillo each had two draw controls.

USC scored the first five goals of the game to roll out to a 5-0 lead. The first goal of the game came nine minutes into the first half when Ruland scored on an assist from Moore. De Lyra, followed by Ruland, Michael, and then a goal by Moore at 3:27 left in the half rounded out the first stanza. Smith scored for the Eagles with 2:41 left to the break.

McMahon scored within three minutes of the opening of the second half and put USC up, 6-1. Marquette answered and threatened to make a game of things with four straight goals between 22:08 and the 12-minute mark. The Eagles pulled within a goal, 6-5, with three free-position goals and a second goal by Smith. De Lyra hit Michael for a goal at 10:34 to break the run and sparked a 5-0 USC run to end the game. De Lyra scored two unassisted goals before Moore wrapped things up with her 33rd goal of the season at 2:53 left in the game to make the score 11-5.

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