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Opening Statement: Badgers fight off No. 14 Marquette in exhibition

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Marquette  Wisconsin 5, 1Marquette 1
McClimon Complex • Madison, Wis. • Attendance: 647

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1st 2nd Final
1 0 1
4 1 5
WIS 5:47 Cara Walls 
WIS 18:43 McKenna Meuer (Rose Lavelle)
WIS 19:29 Rose Lavelle 
MARQ 28:43 Mady Vicker
WIS 31:33 Rose Lavelle (Cara Walls)
WIS 65:50 Brianna Stelzer (Kinley McNicoll)
 Goalkeepers Min GA Sv
WIS Genevieve Richard  90:00 1 1
MARQ Amanda Engel  45:00 4 1
MARQ Sofie Schunk  45:00 1 1
 Stats at a Glance MARQ WIS
 Shots 5 8
 Shots on Goal 2 7
 Saves 2 1
 Offsides 2 3
 Corner Kicks 4 8
 Yellow Cards 0 1
 Red Cards 0 0
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Aug. 15, 2013

MADISON, Wis. -- Among the new renovations the McClimon Complex received this offseason was a new scoreboard, replacing the old one that stood atop the south end of the field for over two decades.

The Badgers made sure to test out the new addition early and often in the first half of their 5-1 exhibition win over the No. 14/14 Marquette Golden Eagles at the McClimon Complex on Thursday.

"We knew we had some ability to be dynamic but it's too early to take this game and try to project the rest of our season," UW head coach Paula Wilkins said. "We will take this with a grain of salt and move forward."

 Fast Facts
• Badgers scored 3 goals in first 20 mins of action
• Lavelle tallied five pts (2G, A) for UW in debut
• GK Richard conceded a single goal in 2013 debut

Freshman Rose Lavelle paced the Badgers with five points, including a pair of goals and an assist in the first 31 minutes of action. Cara Walls played solid in her 2013 debut, tallying the match's first goal and finding Lavelle for the freshman's second goal of evening.

Wisconsin did not waste much time setting the tone, as Walls kicked off the season with a score in the fifth minute of action. Sophomore McKenna Meuer helped extend the lead to 2-0 in the 18th minute with a goal on a set piece from Lavelle.

Less than a minute later, Lavelle got in on the scoring, as she notched a goal on a header, increasing Marquette's deficit to 3-0 in just the 20th minute of action.

"Aside from Cara and Rose, I think that attacking group has a really great presence and that was on display today," Wilkins added. "That group brings speed, finesse, quickness and personality to that position and we just need to organize them and coach them so they can be as effective as they can be on a consistent basis this season."

The Golden Eagles answered just under 10 minutes later as Mady Vicker notched MU's lone goal of the night, ending Badgers' keeper Genevieve Richard's shot at a scoreless victory over the 2012 BIG EAST regular-season champions.

Lavelle tallied her second goal in the 31st minute on an assist from Walls, extending the Badgers' lead to 4-1 and closing the door on a match that seemed to be in control by UW from the very beginning.

Sophomore Brianna Stelzer helped seal the deal with the fifth and final goal of the night in the 65th minute. Stelzer notched the goal on a set piece from McNicoll, who placed the ball far post and connected with Stelzer for the header.

"We're still fairly young and like I told the players, this is only one game and a game that doesn't count at that," Wilkins said. "As easy as it to get excited about this we still have a lot of things to work on but this is a great starting point for a very young team."

The Badgers now turn their sights to the regular season as they open 2013 with four-straight road contests, beginning with a battle against UConn on Friday, Aug. 23.

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