March 22, 2014

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Boston U Hands No. 14 Navy First Loss

from press release

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Playing for the first time in program history, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team topped No. 14 Navy, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The Terriers improve to 3-5 on the season and 3-0 in the Patriot League while handing the Mids their first loss of the year (9-1, 3-1 PL).

Earning their first win over a ranked opponent since upsetting No. 15 Ohio State, 16-11, on March 16, 2013, the Terriers halted the Mids’ 15-game Patriot League winning streak that dated back to March of the 2011 season.

Trailing 5-4 with 4:19 remaining in the first half, BU scored four unanswered goals to take an 8-5 lead with 19:03 to play. Navy battled back with a pair of unanswered goals to make it an 8-7 game almost midway through the second half. Sophomore Jill Horka added an insurance goal with 13:55 on the clock and BU’s defense held the Mids to just one goal for the remainder of the game to seal the victory.

Facing the second-best scoring defense in the NCAA (5.38 points allowed per game), the Terriers posted the most goals against the Mids this season. Senior Becca Church (2g, 1a) and sophomore Jill Horka (2g, 1a) led the BU with while redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins also scored two goals.

Senior Sydney Godett, junior Kelsey Marafioti and sophomore Sofia Robins scored one goal each while junior Lindsay Weiner dished out an assist. Robins led the team with three ground balls while Horka had a team best three caused turnovers.

Freshman Caroline Meegan played the full 60 minutes in goal for BU and finished with 10 saves and three ground balls while the Terriers’ defense, led by senior Christie Hart, blanked Navy’s Loren Generi, the NCAA’s leading scorer (6.88 points per game).

The Mids won the opening draw and scored six seconds into the game with a goal from Katie Gallagher but BU evened it with a free position shot from Marafioti three minutes later. Jill Coughlin scored the next two goals of the contest for Navy to take a 3-1 lead with 23:06 on the clock before Horka netted a free position attempt to make it a one-goal game.

Church tied the game at 3-3 with an unassisted tally at the 13:12 mark as the teams traded goals for the remainder of the half. The Mids were poised to take a 5-4 lead into the break but they turned the ball over with 19 seconds remaining to give the Terriers’ one last possession. Collins drew a foul in the final seconds of the half and converted on a free position opportunity to tie the game at 5-5 after 30 minutes of action.

The Terriers scored the first three goals of the second half to take their largest lead of the game, 8-5, with 19:03 on the clock. Navy responded with a pair of goals in the span of a minute and a half to make it a one-goal game, 8-7, with 18:26 to play.

Horka gave the Terriers a two-goal lead with an unassisted tally at the 13:55 mark. BU was held scoreless for the remainder of the game but limited the Mids to just one goal, a free position shot from Miranda Beal, as the Terriers claimed the 9-8 victory.

Navy outshot BU, 26-15, but went 2-for-10 in free position opportunities while BU capitalized on 4-of-6 attempts. The Mids also held a 14-5 advantage in draw controls and 17-11 edge in ground balls.

The Terriers will take a break from Patriot League play on Wednesday (March 26) to host Yale in a non-conference match-up. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.


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