March 9, 2011

BU Pulls Away for Upset of No. 15 Dartmouth

from press release

BOSTON -- Sophomores Danielle Etrasco and Kristen Mogavero scored two goals each and freshman Christina Sheridan made nine saves, as the Boston University lacrosse team upset No. 15 Dartmouth, 9-7, at Nickerson Field on Wednesday night. With the win, the Terriers improved to 2-2 overall and secured their fourth win in the past five games against the Big Green.

Senior Erica Baumgartner (1g, 2a), junior Molly Swain (1g, 1a) and Etrasco (2g, 1a) registered multi-point games for the Terriers. Baumgartner's two assists gave her 101 for her career, as she became just the third Terrier to reach the 100-assist mark.

Senior Rachel Collins and juniors Hannah Frey and Catie Tilton added one goal each, while Sheridan, who was named America East Player of the Game, earned the win in her first collegiate start. Senior Corcoran Downey secured a game-high three caused turnovers, while adding two draw controls and one ground ball.

BU controlled the ground ball battle, 8-6, and was even with Dartmouth on draw controls, 9-9. BU was 1-for-5 on free-position shots, while the Big Green was 2-for-8.

The Terriers dominated play in the opening half and took a 2-0 lead in the first five minutes. Baumgartner opened the scoring at 3:40 and then Frey scored with an assist from Etrasco at 4:16.

BU and Dartmouth exchanged the next six goals, as the Terriers grabbed a 5-3 advantage with 14:19 left in the frame. Dartmouth's Kristen Goldberg made it a 2-1 game with 25:31 left in the stanza. Mogavero and the Big Green's Greta Meyer then tallied free-position goals at 9:29 and 11:00, respectively.

Etrasco doubled the Terrier lead, 4-2, with 17:26 remaining in the first half before Dartmouth's Kristen Goldberg scored off an assist from Erin Massimi at 13:14. Collins and Etrasco extended the BU lead to 5-3 at 15:41 and 17:07, respectively, before Massimi closed the gap to 6-4 with 2:23 left.

In the second half, the BU defense stifled the Dartmouth attack and Sheridan continued her strong play between the pipes, making five saves. After the Big Green tied the game, 6-6, 6:42 into the second, BU scored three straight goals to take a lead it would not relinquish.

Tilton scored off a quick pass from Baumgartner with 16:44 left and then the senior assisted on Mogavero's second goal just 32 seconds later. Swain added an unassisted tally halfway through the frame to give BU a 9-6 advantage. Dartmouth's Courtney Bennett scored just 15 seconds later to account for the 9-7 final.

The Terriers will return to action on Saturday (March 12) when they host George Mason, head coach Liz Robertshaw's alma mater, at 1 p.m.


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