April 19, 2014

Boston U Edges Bucknell, Clinches No. 3 Seed

from press release

BOSTON – The Boston University women’s lacrosse team celebrated Senior Day with an 11-9 win over Bucknell in the Terriers' final Patriot League game of the regular season on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

With the victory and losses by Colgate and Lehigh, the Terriers clinched the No. 3 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will now host sixth-seeded Lehigh in the quarterfinals on Tuesday (April 22) at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.

BU (7-9, 5-3 PL) snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday’s victory and stopped the Bison (4-12, 2-6 PL), who had won four of their last five games.

Senior Sydney Godett led the Terriers with two goals and an assist while junior Lindsay Weiner, sophomore Jill Horka and fellow sophomore Jenny Thompson each tallied a pair of goals. Junior Jenna Boarman and freshman Taylor Hardison posted a goal and an assist apiece while senior Becca Church rounded out the scoring for BU with a goal.

Horka also led the Terriers with a career-high nine draw controls, as the Terriers went 13-of-24 in the circle. The sophomore also tied senior Christie Hart for the team lead with two ground balls while junior Siobhan McCarthy led the Terriers with a pair of caused turnovers.

Making her fourth start of the season, senior Christina Sheridan made four saves in goal for BU.

The Terriers outshot the Bison, 22-19, while Bucknell held a 13-12 edge in ground balls. Senior Katelyn Miller led the Bison with a game-high five goals while freshman Elizabeth Duswalt made five saves in the net.

Thompson opened the scoring for BU in her first start of the season with an assist from Hardison just about three minutes into the contest. Bucknell countered with Miller’s first tally of the game about four minutes later but the Terriers tacked on a pair of unassisted goals from Horka and Thompson to take a 3-1 lead with 19:00 to play in the opening period.

Bucknell’s Emily Kookogey cut the Terriers’ lead to one with a goal at the 14:00 mark but Boarman responded on BU’s next possession with a free position goal to give the Terriers a 4-2 lead. The Bison then scored three unanswered goals to go ahead 5-4 with 8:12 to go in the half.

Horka won the following draw control and took the ball straight to the back of the net to even the game at 5-5. Godett then gave the Terriers’ a one-goal cushion on a free position shot to send BU into the break with a 6-5 lead.

Sophie Kleinhart opened the scoring in the second half to tie the game again at 6-6, but a pair of goals from Church and Weiner put the Terriers on top, 8-6, with 26:25 on the clock. Neither team scored for over 10 minutes before Miller netted a free position goal to cut the Bison’s deficit to one, 8-7, with 16:18 to go.

Godett connected with Weiner to regain the two- goal lead for BU but Bucknell remained within striking distance with a tally from Sam Rickels. With 12:16 on the clock, Hardison scored her fourth goal of the season but Bucknell again retaliated with Miller’s fifth goal of the game.

Godett netted her second free position shot of the game with 9:08 remaining to put the Terriers ahead, 11-9. BU’s defense held strong in the remaining minutes for the Terriers to secure the victory.

Prior to Saturday’s game, the Terriers honored seniors Nell Burdis, Becca Church, Sydney Godett, Christie Hart, Elizabeth Morse and Christina Sheridan in a pregame ceremony.

With the conclusion of the Patriot League regular season, No. 14 Loyola earned the top seed in the six-team Patriot League tournament and the right to host the semifinals on Thursday (April 24) and the championship game on Saturday (April 26). The Greyhounds earned a bye to the semifinals along with second-seeded Navy.

BU secured the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 Lehigh on Tuesday (April 22) while Holy Cross earned the fourth seed and will host fifth-seeded Colgate on Tuesday. Continue to check GoTerriers.com and PatriotLeague.org for more information.

After the Patriot League tournament, BU will host its final game of the regular season on Saturday, May 3, when the Terriers welcome crosstown rival Boston College to Nickerson Field. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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