February 24, 2010

No. 10 Boston U. Holds Off UMass 10-8

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Paced by a four-goal effort from senior Traci Landy, the No. 10/11 Boston University lacrosse team opened its 2010 campaign on Wednesday with a 10-8 road victory over Massachusetts at McGuirk Stadium. Freshman Danielle Estrasco tallied four points (3g, 1a) in her collegiate debut and senior goalkeeper Rachel Klein made eight saves to help the Terriers win their opener for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.

UMass, which drops to 2-2 with the loss, was led by Jackie Lyons, who recorded three goals. BU outshot the Minutewomen, 24-22, and held an 11-8 edge in ground balls while overcoming a 13-6 deficit in draw controls.

The Terriers never trailed in the contest and took a 7-3 lead into the half before the home team got within one at 9-8 with 5:21 left in regulation. Landy gave BU some late breathing room when she capped her four-goal game under a minute later with what ended up being the final goal of the game.

Estrasco opened the scoring 6:15 into the game with her first collegiate goal off an assist from junior Molly Swain. Just 59 seconds later, junior Corcoran Downey made it a 2-0 contest with an unassisted tally.

UMass scored three of the next five goals, as senior McKinley Curro scored both of the Terriers' goals during the stretch, while Lyons answered both of those tallies to make the score 4-3 in BU's favor with just over four minutes remaining in the first half.

The Terriers pulled away towards the end of the half, however, with three goals in a span of 35 seconds. After Landy got on the board with her first tally of the season with 3:52 left, Estrasco capped a three-goal half with goals just 18 seconds apart to give the visitors a 7-3 edge entering the second half.

BU held leads of 8-4 and 9-5 before allowing the Minutewomen to score three consecutive goals - the last two from the stick of Jesse O'Donnell - to get within one before Landy sealed the victory.

UMass goalkeeper Katie Florence made 10 saves in the contest, including seven in the second half, as all 10 of BU's shots after halftime were on goal.

Three of the Minutewomen's eight goals on the day came on free-position shots compared to just one by the Terriers. Each team had five failed clears on the afternoon.

The Terriers will return to action on Wednesday (March 3) for their home opener against Brown. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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