April 25, 2009

No. 12 BU Completes Unbeaten AE Campaign

from press release

BOSTON - Led by four goals each from senior Sarah Dalton and junior Traci Landy, the 12th-ranked Boston University lacrosse team completed a clean sweep of the America East regular season with a 15-10 win over UMBC on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Riding an 11-game winning streak, the Terriers closed the regular season at 13-3 overall and 6-0 in league play and will now host Vermont in the America East semifinals on Thursday.

The win completes a perfect season in the America East for the second straight season and fourth overall. BU had already been assured of finishing atop the America East standings for the fifth consecutive year.

Playing in her final regular-season game, Dalton scored six points to share America East Player of the Game honors with UMBC senior Abbey Swift, who tallied seven points (3g, 4a) to lead all scorers.

Juniors Erica Baumgartner (3g, 2a) and McKinley Curro (2g, 3a) each chipped in five points for the Terriers with Baumgartner matching her career high with her second straight hat trick. Sophomore Corcoran Downey and freshman Hannah Frey also scored for BU.

The Retrievers got hat tricks from both Swift and senior Kara Dorr, while sophomore Amanda Pappas scored twice and freshman Emily Coady and sophomore Carrie Paris added tallies for UMBC, who finishes its season at 9-8 overall and 3-3 in America East play.

In a game that was tight throughout, the Retrievers struck first with Swift setting up Dorr for both of the first two tallies of the game, giving UMBC a 2-0 lead before Landy got on the board for BU with 18:33 to go in the first. Pappas added a free-position goal for the Retrievers, but Dalton quickly answered and Baumgartner scored to tie the game at the 16:54 mark.

The deadlock remained for just over four minutes, when Swift assisted Dorr once again to give UMBC the lead back at 12:39. Two minutes later, Swift scored a goal of her own to put the Retrievers up by two.

The Terriers erased their deficit with goals 10 seconds apart as Dalton struck first, then set up Curro for a game-tying tally with 7:09 on the clock. A spurt of three goals at the end of the first gave BU the lead for good as Landy scored at 2:09 followed by last-minute strikes from Baumgartner and Downey.

In the second half, the Terriers answered every UMBC tally and expanded their lead, outscoring the Retrievers by a 7-5 margin after the break, despite being outshot, 15-9, in the second stanza.

UMBC held a 22-21 edge in shots as each goalkeeper, BU junior Rachel Klein and UMBC junior Kate Quick, made three saves. Sophomore Meagan Linkous picked up a game-high three ground balls as the Retrievers held a 12-10 lead in that category, while the Terriers won 17 of 27 draw controls with Dalton, Landy and sophomore Rachel Collins collecting three each.

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