April 30, 2011

Etrasco Sets BU Record with Nine Goals

from press release

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Sophomore Danielle Etrasco set a program single-game record with nine goals, as the Boston University lacrosse team secured its 13th straight America East tournament berth with a 16-8 win over Vermont at Moulton Winder Field on Saturday afternoon.

The Terriers improved to 8-8 (4-2 AE) in their regular-season finale and garnered their 16th straight win against the Catamounts. With BU's win and Albany's victory against UMBC Saturday, the Terriers also secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming America East tournament.

Etrasco's nine goals surpassed the eight markers two-time First Team All-American Sarah Dalton ('09) scored against William & Mary in 2009. The America East Player of the Game also collected three draw controls, one ground ball and a caused turnover.

Senior Erica Baumgartner (1g, 3a) and juniors Molly Swain (2g, 1a) and Catie Tilton (1g, 3) also collected multi-point games for the Terriers. Freshman goalkeeper Christina Sheridan improved to 7-6 with eight saves.

BU edged Vermont (8-9, 2-4 AE) in both draw controls (14-12) and ground balls (15-11). The Terriers were 15-for-16 on clears and 4-for-6 on free-position shots, while the Catamounts finished 11-for-13 and 4-for-7, respectively.

The Terriers took a 6-3 lead after the first half and exploded with 10 goals in the second. Vermont grabbed a 2-0 advantage just 2:01 into the game, but freshman Elizabeth Morse responded with a free-position goal 1:17 later to halve the lead. Etrasco tallied her first of three first-half goals with 25:35 left in the stanza to tie the game, 2-2.
The Catamounts' Sydney Mas notched her second of the game just over 1:30 later, but the Terriers closed the frame on a 4-0 run. Swain tallied an unassisted marker with 16:08 left before Etrasco scored twice in a 2:49 span.

With 1:41 left in the stanza, Baumgartner scored off an assist from senior Rachel Collins to give BU a 6-3 lead at the half.

Vermont opened the second frame on a 2-1 run before BU built an insurmountable lead with six straight goals. Mas tallied her third of the game just 33 seconds into stanza and, after Etrasco scored less than a minute later, Vermont's Emma Kelly connected on a free-position shot to make it a two-goal game.

With 24:08 remaining, Etrasco netted her fifth of the game on a free-position shot and notched her sixth goal 26 seconds later off a feed from Baumgartner. Swain tallied a free-position goal with 21:48 left before Etrasco scored twice more. The Massapequa, N.Y., native connected on Tilton's feed with 19:39 remaining and added another tally from Baumgartner less than a minute later.

Freshman Sydney Godett made it a 13-5 contest with a free-position tally with 17:54 left in the game. Vermont recorded goals from Mas and Allison Pfohl in a 15-second span to close the gap, but Etrasco tallied her ninth of the game with 9:41 left.

After Mas notched her fifth marker for the Catamounts, Tilton and sophomore Brittany Carlin, who registered her first goal of the season, tallied with 4:19 and 45 seconds remaining, respectively, to account for the 16-8 final.

The Terriers will return to action on Thursday (May 5) when they play in the America East tournament semifinals against UMBC. In their regular-season matchup, BU topped UMBC, 13-9, at Nickerson Field on April 2.

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