March 19, 2011

Denver Downs BU in First-Ever Meeting

from press release

DENVER - Sophomore Alex Befus (Colorado Springs, Colo.) scored four goals, including the game-winner, and had an assist, leading the University of Denver women's lacrosse team to a 13-11 victory over Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium.

Denver moves to 2-6 with the win. Boston University falls to 3-4.

Redshirt-sophomore Kara Secora (Denver, Colo.) added two goals and three assists for the Pioneers. Seniors Kelsey McDowell (Rydal, Penn.) and Carrie Gamper (Towson, Md.), and freshman Annabelle Gilbride (Alexandria, Va.) forced two turnovers each for the Pioneer defense. Senior Lauren Benner (Arnold, Md.) took over for junior Ashley Harman (Boyertown, Pa.) at halftime, making five saves in the second half and recording the win for Denver.

After falling behind 2-0 to open the contest, Denver scored four-straight goals, getting tallies from Secora, freshman Gretchen Nace (Rochester, N.Y.), Befus and freshman Mikayla Clark (Eden Prairie, Minn.), to take the 4-2 lead. The Terriers answered with two goals of their own, sending the game into the first intermission tied 4-4.

BU took a 5-4 lead 23 seconds into the second half, but Denver answered six seconds later with a goal from junior Melissa Maier (Farmingdale, N.Y.), tying the game 5-5. Boston scored again at 29:05, but the Pioneers answered with 6-1 run, getting two goals from freshman Jenn Etzel (Bel Air, Md.) and Befus, plus contributions from Clark and Nace. With Denver leading 11-7, Boston rallied back to tie the game at 11-11. The Pioneers got late goals from Befus and Secora to seal the 13-11 victory.

Denver finished with a 29-24 shot advantage and won the ground ball battle 10-5. The Pioneers were 7-of-13 on free-position shots. Boston University was 1-of-5.

Erica Baumgartner led BU with five points and Hannah Frey had three goals and an assist. Christina Sheridan and Kim Elsworth combined to make eight saves in the loss.

Denver starts a seven-game road trip Friday, March 25 at Towson. Faceoff is set for 5 p.m. MT.

Notes: This was the first meeting for Denver and Boston University. BU's Annie Stookesberry and Caite Tilton are from the Denver area. DU head coach Liza Kelly coached Boston University for five years before coming to Denver.

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