April 7, 2012

Boston U Storms Back in Second Half

from press release

ALBANY, N.Y. - The Boston University women's lacrosse team scored 12 goals in the second half to erase a 9-4 halftime deficit and defeat Albany, 16-11, on Saturday afternoon at John Fallon Field.

The win extends the Terriers' win streak to seven games. BU (8-4, 4-0 America East) retains its position at the top of the conference standings with just two league games remaining. It is the first win over Albany (8-4, 1-2 America East) since 2009.

BU trailed Albany, 9-4, at halftime before outscoring the Great Danes, 12-2, in the second half. The Terriers trailed, 10-6, with 24:20 remaining in regulation before they rattled off seven straight goals and eight of the final nine goals of the game to pull ahead for good.

Freshman Mallory Collins (5g, 1a) and junior Danielle Etrasco (4g, 2a) each had six points to lead the Terriers. Senior Catie Tilton led the Terriers with three assists. Senior Annie Stookesberry and junior Kristen Mogavero each scored two goals, while seniors Molly Swain and Hannah Frey, along with sophomore Becca Church, each scored as well.

Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sheridan collected her first collegiate assist and also made four saves, including three in the second half, to preserve the victory.

The Terriers forced Albany into nine turnovers in the second half and controlled eight of the 15 draws. Overall, the Terriers caused five turnovers, with Stookesberry causing two of them. Sophomore Sydney Godett led BU with three ground balls and also controlled three draws. Etrasco led all Terriers with four draw controls.

Albany scored the first two goals of the contest to take a 2-0 lead after the first 1:37 of the contest. BU responded with 24:57 on the clock, as Tilton found Stookesberry from behind the cage for a quick goal. The Great Danes answered just 46 seconds later, but Swain got a goal back after she charged up the right side of the field and did not waste the shot once she got into the arc.

The Great Danes scored the next three goals to take a 6-2 lead before Collins and Mogavero each found the back of the net to pull BU back within two at 6-4. Albany scored the final three goals of the half, however, to take a 9-4 lead into halftime.

Stookesberry and Collins started the second half with a goal each to cut the deficit to 9-6. After an Albany goal made it 10-7, the Terriers defense clamped down and the offense began to hit its stride. After Collins scored to make it 10-7, Godett controlled the ensuing draw and got the ball into the Albany end before Etrasco scored to make it 10-8, forcing Albany to call a timeout.

Collins made it 10-9 when she took on a defender 1-on-1 and was able to create enough space to fire off a low shot past the goalkeeper. She tied the game just 29 seconds later after a nice feed from Etrasco, who picked out Collins from behind the cage.

Church gave BU its first lead of the game. Sheridan fired a home-run pass to the restraining line where Church was stationed. The sophomore then turned and ran straight towards the cage before she fired a shot past the goalie.

Etrasco potted the next two goals to make it a 13-10 lead with 7:32 remaining in regulation. Albany got a goal back with 6:47 to play, but BU scored the final three goals of the game, with Mogavero, Frey and Etrasco closing out the Terriers' account.

BU will get a quick break from its America East schedule as it will host Boston College at Nickerson Field on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.m. It will be the Terriers' Breast Cancer Awareness Game; there will be a pink t-shirt giveaway and raffles with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Koman for the Cure.


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