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Sophomores Spearhead [13/13] Denver's 18-12 Win over Marquette

April 8, 2017

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DENVER – The [13/13] University of Denver women’s lacrosse program sprinted out to a quick lead over Marquette on Saturday at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, enduring a furious rally at the start of the second half en route to an 18-12 win over the Golden Eagles (4-9, 2-3 BIG EAST) to improve to 10-2, 4-1 BIG EAST, on the 2017 campaign.

This is the 10th time Denver has reached the 10-win plateau since 1999 and ninth time since head coach Liza Kelly took over in 2007.

“It was a great start for us to open on a 7-0 run in the first 15 minutes of the game,” said coach Kelly, “but we’ve been saying these past few games that this team needs to learn to nail the coffin shut, especially after Marquette scored the next four. I think it’s a matter of doing our part defensively, knowing that our attackers can makes some stops, and I think we can be more aggressive on the offensive half in the chances we take.

Marquette is a really good team with [Julianna] Shearer being fed by [Amanda] Bochniak, those two are a really good combination and we struggled to stop them today.”

Denver’s youth powered the attack as Elizabeth Behrins, Julia Feiss, Kendra Lanuza and Audrey Schreck combined for 20 of DU’s 24 points. Behrins led the way with five goals and two assists, Feiss posted four goals and a helper, Lanuza added a pair of goals and assists and Schreck rounded out the quartet with four markers.

On the defensive half, senior Layne Voorhees scooped five ground balls for the Crimson and Gold, junior Riley Eggeman added three caused turnovers and three ground balls and senior Ellie Knott inched closer to Denver’s top spot on the single-season draw controls list as she ended with four. The Baltimore native now needs five draws to tie the school season record and six to pass.

Senior Maddy Stevenson took the win for the Pioneers, making four saves in 53 minutes, while freshman Carson Gregg closed out the remaining seven.

Marquette had four goals come from Julianna Shearer, while Amanda Bochniak closed with two points on one goal and assist and Jules Horning took the loss with 13 saves in all 60 minutes of action.

Denver’s defense was stringent in the first half of the opening stanza, holding the Golden Eagles to four shots and forcing eight turnovers in the process. Meanwhile, the Pioneers tallied the first seven goals of the game as Eggeman, Behrins, Schreck, Lanuza and senior Emily Conway all potted a marker in the span.

Marquette finally got on the board with 13:23 remaining in the first half and fired off four unanswered goals before DU added one final tally with 1:33 on the clock for an 8-4 lead heading into the locker rooms.

The visitors inched closer at the start of the backend with a 3-1 burst by the 24:27 mark to narrow Denver’s lead to 9-7, but Feiss provided the spark for the hosts as the Baltimore native rifled home three straight goals, including one from the arc, to improve the cushion back to 12-7 with 18:10 remaining on the timer.

The Golden Eagles’ attack wavered after that as Denver matched them goal-for-goal through the remainder of the contest, holding on for an 18-12 final.

DU has another midweek game on the schedule as Vanderbilt pays a visit to the Mile High City on Wednesday, April 12, with opening draw set for 2 p.m. MT. The game will be live on Altitude with Brad Thompson and Megan Zeman on the call.

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