March 17, 2012

Boston U Drops Saint Mary's as Tilton Dishes School-Record Nine Assists

from press release

MORAGA, Calif. — Senior Catie Tilton recorded nine assists and junior Kristen Mogavero scored five goals to lead the Boston University women’s lacrosse team to an 18-9 victory over Saint Mary’s on Saturday afternoon at SMC Recreation Field.

Tilton’s nine assists is a single-game school record. The previous record was seven, matched most recently by Xan Weitzel on April 24, 2010. Mogavero’s five goals eclipsed her previous season high of three set on Wednesday at California.

BU (3-4) took an 8-6 lead into halftime before the Terriers outscored Saint Mary’s (2-7), 10-3, in the second half. Junior Danielle Etrasco tallied four goals and added an assist while senior Hannah Frey and freshman Mallory Collins each scored three times. Freshman Molly Cox collected her first collegiate goal, and seniors Molly Swain and Annie Stookesberry each picked up a goal.

Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sheridan made seven saves and allowed seven goals in 48:17 of work. Her classmate, Kim Elsworth, played the remainder of the game and allowed just two goals. Sophomore Sydney Godett led the squad with five draw controls and the Terriers collected 13 of the 17 ground balls during the game, with Sheridan (5) and junior Brittany Carlin (3) leading BU.

The win is the Terriers’ second straight victory and marks their first win streak of the season. BU has won all three of its games on the road and swept both games in California. The Terriers have also now scored 50 goals in the second half and allowed just 31 in the final 30 minutes of a contest.

The Gaels got the first goal just 25 seconds into the proceedings, but nearly four minutes Collins scored to tie the game, 1-1. Including Collins’ goal, BU scored six of the next seven goals, with Etrasco notching three goals before Mogavero claimed the next two as the Terriers extended their lead to 6-2.

Saint Mary’s scored three straight goals of its own before BU scored two of the next three before halftime. Mogavero potted her third goal of the game before Swain closed the first half with her eighth goal of the season.

The Terriers offense erupted in the second half with six straight goals in the first 13:25. Frey tallied all three of her goals during that span, with Collins, Mogavero and Etrasco also adding to their goal totals. The Gaels cut the Terriers’ lead to 14-7 before BU rattled off four straight strikes, including Cox’s first collegiate goal. Saint Mary’s added two late goals to close the game.

BU will begin a two-game homestand on Wednesday (March 21) when the Terriers welcome Yale to Nickerson Field for a game that was rescheduled from its original date of Feb. 29. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m.

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