March 29, 2014

Boston U Stays Unbeaten in the Patriot League

from press release

ASTON, Pa. - Senior Becca Church and sophomore Jill Horka combined for eight goals to lead the Boston University women’s lacrosse team to a 9-8 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. The Terriers picked up their fourth straight victory to remain undefeated in the Patriot League (4-0) and improve to 5-5 overall. The Leopards remain winless in PL play (0-5) and drop to 4-8 on the season.

Trailing 8-6 with 26:05 to play, the Terriers scored the final three goals of the game and kept the Leopards off the scoreboard to capture the 9-8 victory in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. BU has now won its last four games by a combined five goals, including three one-goal victories in its last three outings.

Church and Horka each scored a career-high four goals while Horka added an assist for a team-high five points. Senior defender Christie Hart tallied her first career goal while redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins contributed a career-best two assists. Five of BU’s nine goals were scored on a free position attempts.

Freshman Caroline Meegan earned the start in goal for BU and posted five saves in the first 33:55 of the game before being replaced by senior Christina Sheridan for the final 26:05. Sheridan stopped three shots to earn her first win of the season.

Hart posted the first goal of the game five minutes into the contest when she converted on a free position attempt for her first career tally. Horka added to BU’s lead with her first of three goals in the opening period to give the Terriers’ a 2-0 edge with 20:42 on the clock. Lafayette then capitalized on a BU turnover and Charlotte Avallone found the back of the net for the Leopards with 17:33 remaining to make it a 2-1 game.

BU responded with three unanswered goals, including a pair of tallies from Church. The senior first scored on a free position attempt then found the back of the net again about 30 seconds later with an assist from Collins. After the Leopards won the ensuing draw control, Hart caused a turnover which led to a fast break for the Terriers. Collins then dished out her career-high second assist of the game, as Horka scored with 14:34 remaining in the half.

Lafayette responded with four unanswered goals over the next eight minutes to tie the game at 5-5 with 6:01 remaining in the half. Both teams were then scoreless for about five minutes before Horka converted on a free position attempt to complete her hat trick with 57 seconds on the clock.

Lafayette won the following draw control and evened the game again at 6-6 with a goal from Ana White. The Leopards again took control of the following draw with 22 seconds remaining and fired off a shot as time expired, but Meegan made the save to send the teams in to the break tied at 6-6.

The Leopards had the momentum early in the second half, as Kristen Wilhelmsen netted her second of the game a minute into the period to give Lafayette its first lead of the game, 7-6. Three minutes later, Laura Kleiber pushed the Leopards ahead by two with an assist from Katie Elander.

Horka and Church connected more than halfway through the second period, as Church made it a one-goal game, 8-7, with 14:45 on the clock. Just over a minute later, Church drew a foul and converted her second free position attempt of the day to even the game at 8-8.

The Terriers then took the lead with Horka’s second free position goal of the game with 12:38 remaining. Defense prevailed for the remainder of the game and although Lafayette outshot BU, 4-1, in the final 12:38 of action, the Terriers kept the Leopards off the scoreboard and closed out their 9-8 victory,

BU ended the game with a slight edge in shots (23-22) and draw controls (11-8) while Lafayette held a 16-14 advantage in ground balls.

The Terriers will begin a two-game home stand on Wednesday (April 2) when BU welcomes former America East rival New Hampshire to Nickerson Field. The game is set to begin at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network and available on LaxMagazine.com


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