Boston U Wraps Up America East Regular Season Title
from press release
VESTAL, N.Y. – Paced by junior attack
Danielle Etrasco’s career day, the Boston University
women’s lacrosse team defeated Binghamton, 18-16, on Saturday
afternoon at the Bearcats Sports Complex.
Etrasco scored five goals and had a career-high four assists to lead BU (11-5, 6-0 America East). She also controlled six draws and matched a career high with nine points; Etrasco last scored nine points on April 30, 2011, at Vermont.
With the win, the Terriers finished the season having won 10 of their last 11 games and improved to 11-0 all-time against Binghamton (3-13, 0-6 America East).They also claimed the outright America East regular-season crown with a perfect 6-0 record in conference competition. This is the first time since 2009 that BU has finished the conference schedule without a blemish.
Seven different Terriers, including Etrasco, found the back of the net. Senior Hannah Frey scored four goals, while senior Molly Swain notched a hat trick. Junior Kristen Mogavero and senior Catie Tilton each had two goals, while freshman Mallory Collins and sophomore Elizabeth Morse each chipped in a goal. F
Freshman Jenna Boarman had a career-high three assists while Collins also added an assist. Sophomore Becca Church was fantastic on defense, as she led the Terriers with a career-high four caused turnovers and also gathered three ground balls. Sophomore Elizabeth Morse and senior Annie Stookesberry each controlled five draws, while sophomore Sydney Godett claimed four of her own. Overall, BU controlled 24 of the 37 draws on the afternoon.
Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sheridan made seven saves to earn her 10th win of the season. She also collected four ground balls to lead the Terriers. Godett and sophomore Nell Burdis each gathered a pair of ground balls as well.
The Terriers led at the half, 11-9, thanks to a string of five goals in the middle of the stanza. Binghamton had just taken a 4-3 lead with 15:13 to play in the first half, but BU scored the next five goals, including three in a span of 39 seconds to take a 6-4 lead. Etrasco scored her third goal of the game to begin that short spurt, with Tilton scoring 30 seconds later and then nine seconds after the ensuing draw. Etrasco and Mogavero then each scored thanks to a pair of assists from Boarman to claim an 8-5 advantage.
Binghamton scored five goals of its own to take a 9-8 lead with 3:16 left in the opening frame. However, Frey, Morse and Swain each found the back of the net in a 58-second span to enter halftime with an 11-9 lead.
The Bearcats began the half on a 5-2 run to hold a 14-13 lead with 14:48 remaining in regulation. The Terriers responded with a pair of goals from Frey, followed by strikes from both Mogavero and Collins to claim a 17-14 lead with 8:05 to go in the game. Binghamton got a quick goal to make it a two-goal game again, but Frey finished off her four-goal afternoon with 5:16 left, reclaiming the Terriers’ three-goal lead. The Bearcats mustered just one additional late goal before time expired.
The Terriers will host fourth-seeded Albany on Thursday afternoon at Nickerson Field in an America East semifinal matchup. Game time is set for 1 p.m. Stony Brook earned the two-seed and will face third-seeded UMBC in the second semifinal matchup on Thursday at 4 p.m.