March 21, 2009

Dalton Sets Scoring Mark in Boston U Win

from press release

BOSTON - Senior Sarah Dalton broke the Terriers' career goal-scoring record as the 12th-ranked Boston University lacrosse team captured a 17-12 win over Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Dalton and junior McKinley Curro each netted five goals for the Terriers, who improve to 5-3 with their third straight win.

Entering the game one shy of the BU program record for career goals, Dalton tied Lindsay Lewis (`06) with her 187th career goal with 9:38 to go in the first half and became the new record-holder with an unassisted tally with 3:41 on the clock in the first. The senior All-American added three more to finish the game with 191 career goals.

Curro chipped in a career-best eight points for the Terriers, opening the game with three straight free-position goals to give BU an early lead it never relinquished. Junior Traci Landy and freshman Hannah Frey scored a pair of goals each for the Terriers as Frey continued her streak, scoring in each of the first eight games of her young collegiate career. Redshirt freshman Catie Tilton scored her first career points with two assists.

Sophomore Jess Halpern led Harvard's offense with five goals, while freshman Tyler Petropulous added four goals and an assist with the two combining to lead a late Crimson comeback bid that fell short. Senior Kaitlin Martin netted a pair of goals and junior Sara Flood also scored as Harvard fell to 3-4 this season.

After Curro staked BU to an early 3-0 lead, Petropulous and Martin scored to bring Harvard back within one. The Terriers then closed the first half on a 5-2 run with Dalton scoring four goals in that span as senior Steph Walker adding a free-position shot to put BU up, 8-4, at the break.

After Curro opened the second half with an unassisted goal for BU, Halpern and Martin reeled off a pair for Harvard before a three-goal run for the Terriers made it 12-6 with 20 minutes to go.

Halpern netted two more for Harvard, but the Terriers got those back and added one as Landy scored before Curro set up Frey and junior Erica Baumgartner to make it a 15-8 BU lead with 13:36 on the clock.

Harvard put together its best scoring run in the final six minutes of the game as Petropulous and Halpern each scored twice, but late BU goals from Frey and junior Jenny Taft provided more than enough cushion for the Terriers to hold on for the win.

The Terriers outshot the Crimson, 32-24, in the contest, but that advantage was gained entirely in the first half as shots were even in the second. Junior Rachel Klein made seven saves for BU, while freshman Kerry Clark stopped nine shots across the field for Harvard. BU junior Jenny Martin picked up five ground balls and controlled five draws as the Terriers held a 21-10 advantage in draw controls and ground balls were even.

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