March 26, 2014

Morse Helps BU Squeeze Past Yale

from press release

BOSTON - Led by a hat trick from senior Elizabeth Morse, the Boston University women's lacrosse team earned its third straight victory with a 6-5 win over Yale on Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

The Terriers picked up their first non-conference win of the season and improved to 4-5 (3-0 Patriot League) while Yale dropped its third consecutive game to move to 5-3 on the year.

Morse led all players with three goals, including two free position shots, while classmate Sydney Godett, redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins and sophomore Ally Adams also found the back of the net. Sophomore Jill Horka, the Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week, extended her point-streak to six games with an assist against the Bulldogs.

On a windy afternoon where ball control was difficult, Horka led the Terriers with six caused turnovers and also picked up four ground balls. The Bulldogs had a total of 22 turnovers on the afternoon, compared to 21 for the Terriers, while the teams were even with 19 ground balls each.

Freshman Caroline Meegan made seven saves in goal for the Terriers as she improved to 4-4 on the season after picking up her second Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor on Monday.

The Terriers scored the first three goals of the afternoon, starting with a free position tally for Morse with 22:33 on the clock. Adams then made it a 2-0 game with an unassisted strike and Morse netted her second free position goal with 8:05 remaining in the first half to put BU ahead, 3-0

Tess McEvoy found the back of the net for Yale with 4:40 to play in the opening period off an assist from Jen DeVito, as the Terriers took a 3-1 lead into the break. Yale's lone first-half goal marked the fewest goals allowed by BU allowed in an opening half since limiting UMBC to one goal in a 7-6 overtime loss on March 23, 2013. Morse completed her hat trick 46 seconds into the second frame with an unassisted marker to give BU its largest lead of the game, 4-1. The Bulldogs posted their second goal of the game about seven minutes later, as DeVito dished the ball to Nicole Daniggelis to make it a 4-2 affair.

The Terriers responded with a strike from Collins following a pass by Horka to regain a three-goal lead with 17:01 to play but less than three minutes later the lead was back to two. DeVito caused a turnover right as the Terriers were beginning their clear attempt in front of the goal then drew a foul on Meegan. She was awarded a free position shot on an empty net and capitalized to make it a 5-3 game.

With her fifth goal of the season, Godett extended BU's lead to 6-3 with eight minutes to play but the Bulldogs did not quit. DeVito scored again with an assist from Kerri Fleishhacker and McEvoy converted on a free position attempt with 24 seconds to play to make it a one-goal game.

BU won the ensuing draw control and ran out the clock to preserve its 6-5 victory.

The Terriers held a 24-22 shot advantage against the Bulldogs and a 9-4 lead in draw controls.

The Terriers return to Patriot League play on Saturday (March 29) when BU travels to Easton, Pa., to face Lafayette. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.

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