March 15, 2012

Etrasco Nets Five as BU Edges Cal

from press release

BERKELEY, Calif. – Junior Danielle Etrasco scored five goals and added two assists as the Boston University women's lacrosse team defeated California, 14-13, on Wednesday night at Witter Rugby Field.

Etrasco scored the Terriers' biggest goal of the game with 7:51 remaining in regulation to put BU (2-4) ahead, 14-12. Cal (3-3) scored with just 43 seconds to play, but senior Molly Swain controlled the ensuing draw to seal the victory.

Swain controlled three other draws and also added two goals, while Etrasco controlled a team-high five draws. Freshman attack Mallory Collins finished with four points (3g, 1a), while junior Kristen Mogavero (3g) and senior Catie Tilton (1g, 2a) each tallied three points. Sophomore Sydney Godett was strong in the midfield, as she gathered four ground balls.

Sophomore Christina Sheridan made eight saves to earn her second win of the season. She also collected five ground balls to lead the Terriers.

It was a back-and-forth first half that began with Cal scoring first just 49 seconds into the proceedings. Mogavero quickly responded, but Cal rebuked at the 1:42 mark to hold an early 2-1 edge.

BU then went on a run, as Etrasco entered her name on the score sheet with a goal at the 6:34 mark to tie the game, 2-2. Tilton then found both Mogavero and Etrasco for two goals in 25 seconds to propel the Terriers to a 4-2 lead.

The Golden Bears rattled off five straight goals to take a 7-4 lead with 6:14 left in the first half. However, BU scored the next three goals, including two from Collins, to end the half tied, 7-7.

The Terriers began the second half quickly, as Etrasco scored 47 seconds after the opening draw to give her side an 8-7 lead. Cal collected two goals of its own, however to take a 9-8 lead with nearly 24 minutes to play.

It took BU less than three minutes to tie the game, and after that the Terriers went on their biggest run of the game. Following a Mogavero goal to bring BU back to level terms, Swain scored twice in two minutes before Collins and Tilton also tallied. By the halfway point of the second stanza, the Terriers had a 13-9 advantage.

Cal clawed back with three straight goals of its own, but was never able to pull even. Etrasco's late goal sealed the Golden Bears' fate and gave BU its second road win of the year.

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