BU Edges Stony Brook, Clinches America East's Top Seed
from press release
BOSTON -- The Boston University women's lacrosse team clinched a share of the America East regular-season title and the top seed in the conference tournament with a 15-14 win over No. 19 Stony Brook on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
BU (9-5, 5-0 America East) will host the America East Tournament at Nickerson Field on May 3 and 5. The Terriers can clinch the outright title with a win at Binghamton on April 28 or if Stony Brook (11-4, 3-1 America East) loses one of its two remaining conference games.
The Terriers trailed, 14-13, with 6:22 to play before junior Kristen Mogavero scored to tie the game, 14-14, with 4:28 left on the clock. Freshman Mallory Collins assisted on Mogavero's goal before she provided the final heroics, as she scored with 3:12 remaining in regulation to seal the victory.
Junior Kim Elsworth was the America East Player of the Game, as she made nine saves, including seven in the first half, to earn her first win of the season. Senior Hannah Frey scored four goals to lead the Terriers, while junior Danielle Etrasco had a hat trick and added an assist.
Five other BU players scored a goal, with Collins, Mogavero and senior Annie Stookesberry each finding the back of the net twice. Sophomore Elizabeth Morse notched her first collegiate goal and senior Molly Swain also scored a goal and had two assists. Morse and sophomore Sydney Godett each controlled four draws to lead BU.
The Seawolves scored the first four goals of the game before Elsworth relieved starting goalkeeper Christina Sheridan. The Terriers scored the next three goals, two of which came after a pretty pass by Swain. Collins, Frey and Stookesberry were responsible for the tallies to make it a 4-3 game with 17:29 left in the first half.
After Stony Brook made it 5-3, Frey found the back of the net twice, with Tilton and Etrasco each earning an assist during that stretch. Frey's two goals tied the game, 5-5.
Stony Brook regained the lead with 8:32 to play in the opening stanza, but Swain tied the game before Etrasco gave the Terriers their first lead, 7-6, with 5:47 left in the half.
The lead lasted for just over four minutes before the Seawolves responded with two goals to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.
Etrasco knotted the score again with a free position goal at the 5:10 mark of the second half before Janine Hillier converted a free position shot of her own to retake the lead for Stony Brook.
The Terriers then scored the next four goals, with Mogavero, Frey, Morse and Etrasco combining to put BU ahead, 12-9. However, the Seawolves secured four consecutive goals of their own to regain the lead, 13-12, with 11:19 remaining in regulation.
Stookesberry tied the game, 13-13, with 9:06 to play, but Amber Kupres scored with 6:22 left on the clock to regain the lead. The Terriers then got the necessary goals from Mogavero and Collins to claim the victory.
BU will honor its senior class next Sunday (April 22) before the Terriers take on Canisius at Nickerson Field. Opening draw is set for 12 p.m. It will be the last regular-season game at home for the Terriers.