March 12, 2011

Late Heroics Lead Boston U Over George Mason

from press release

BOSTON - Sophomore Danielle Etrasco forced overtime on a goal with 2.2 seconds left in regulation and senior Erica Baumgartner scored on the first possession of triple overtime to lift the Boston University lacrosse team to a thrilling 10-9 victory over George Mason on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

The visiting Patriots (1-5) took their first lead of the game at 9-8 on a tally with 2:11 left in regulation and held BU scoreless for a span of over 17 minutes.

Etrasco sent the game into overtime when she took a pass from Baumgartner off a restart and scored from just outside the right crease with only 2.2 seconds left on the clock to send the game in overtime.

Neither team was able to score in the first overtime period, setting up a sudden-victory situation. Freshman goalkeeper Christina Sheridan made her sixth and final save in the closing seconds of the second overtime.

BU (3-2) earned all four draw controls in overtime, capped by Baumgartner's to start the third. The senior brought the ball into the Mason zone and waited for the right time before curling in along the left side and firing a shot to the top right corner of the goal at the 69:25 mark of the contest.

Baumgartner, Etrasco, senior Rachel Collins and sophomore Kristen Mogavero each tallied two goals in the contest. Collins added a pair of assists for a game-high four points.

Anna Kopecka, Julianne Tela, Madalyn Formato and Chelsea Gamble, who gave Mason its only lead, each found the back of net twice for the Patriots.

The Terriers outshot the Patriots, 27-20, and held advantages in both ground balls (14-13) and draw controls (15-9). After starting the game with two failed clears, BU went 9-for-9 the rest of the way and broke up five of Mason's 15 clear attempts on the day.

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