April 22, 2014

Boston U, Holy Cross Advance to Patriot League Semifinals

from press releases

Boston University 14, Lehigh 9

BOSTON - Sophomore Jill Horka scored a career-high five goals and freshman Taylor Hardison collected a career-best five points to help lead the third-seeded Boston University women's lacrosse team to a 14-9 victory over No. 6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals on Tuesday at Nickerson Field.

BU (8-9) will face second-seeded Navy on Thursday (April 24) at 7:30 p.m. in a Patriot League semifinal game at Loyola Maryland. The Terriers topped then-No. 14 Navy, 9-8, on March 22.

Horka had a tremendous game as she scored five goals, controlled three draws, caused two turnovers and collected one ground ball. Hardison recorded a personal-best three assists in addition to matching a career high with two goals. Senior Becca Church and junior Lindsay Weiner each tallied twice and added an assist for three-point efforts. Sophomore Jenny Thompson, junior Jenna Boarman and senior Sydney Godett each found the back of the net as well.

Senior Christina Sheridan stopped seven shots, including five in the second half, to preserve the victory. Sheridan and the Terrier defense were particularly terrific in the final 30 minutes, as the senior goalkeeper stopped the first four shots she saw and the defense caused two of Lehigh's eight second-half turnovers.

Horka opened the scoring just 4:02 into the proceedings when she converted a free-position chance. She tallied her second goal of the game with 20:44 remaining in the first half after an extended BU possession. Hardison had the ball at the X and sent it over the cage to Horka at the top of the fan, who then drove to the crease and fired home an unassisted goal.

Following Lehigh’s first goal of the contest, Horka completed her hat trick with 16:37 left in the half on a free-position shot. The Mountain Hawks battled back and tied the game with 11:01 remaining in the opening stanza, but BU scored the next three goals as Church, Boarman and Godett all found the back of the net. Hardison had a helper on two of those three goals.

The Mountain Hawks made it a 6-4 BU lead with 5:00 to play in the first half. Fifteen seconds later, Weiner restored the Terriers’ three-goal advantage when she took a feed from Hardison and sent a close-range shot past Lehigh's Alex Fitzpatrick. Lehigh responded with the final goal of the half when Julianne D’Orazio scored with 27 seconds on the clock.

The Terriers scored the first three goals of the second half, beginning with Weiner finding Church to make it an 8-5 lead. Horka tallied her fourth marker of the game less than three minutes later, followed by Weiner’s second strike of the game with 18:27 to play.

Lehigh countered with a goal to make it 10-6 but Thompson answered right back to keep the Terriers ahead by five. The Mountain Hawks grabbed some momentum with back-to-back goals that cut the BU lead to 11-8 with 10:35 left, but Horka and Hardison scored nine seconds apart to regain a five-goal advantage with 8:46 remaining in regulation.

After Lehigh made it 13-9 with 3:02 left, Hardison finished her record day with a goal to complete the scoring with 42 seconds on the clock.

BU finished with a 27-23 shot advantage over Lehigh while the Mountain Hawks won the ground ball battle, 16-13. The Terriers had a 14-11 edge in draw controls.

Holy Cross 10, Colgate 8

WORCESTER, Mass. – With Holy Cross leading 8-3 in the second half, Colgate scored four straight goals to make it a one-goal game, but the Crusaders then outscored the Raiders 2-1 in the final 11:45 of play as the No. 4 seed Holy Cross women's lacrosse team defeated No. 5 seed Colgate, 10-8, on Tuesday afternoon in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals at Holy Cross Field. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-11 overall, while the Raiders conclude the season 7-9 overall. Also with the win, Holy Cross head coach Stephanie Ridolfi now has 100 career victories at Holy Cross.

The Crusaders will take on No. 1 seed and No. 12 nationally ranked Loyola (Md.) on Thursday, April 24 at 5:00 p.m., in Baltimore, Md., at the Ridley Athletic Complex as the Greyhounds are hosting the semifinals and championship game. No. 3 seed Boston University, which defeated No. 6 seed Lehigh, 14-9, in the other quarterfinal game, will play No. 2 seed Navy at 7:30 p.m. The winners will meet in the championship game on Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. The champion will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The Crusaders were led by junior captain Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) who tallied three goals and two assists for five points, while senior captain Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) tallied three goals and one assist for four points. Ryan was strong defensively as she posted four caused turnovers and picked up a team-best four ground balls. Sophomore Jersey Burns (Salem, N.H.) also caused four turnovers.

The Raiders were led by Monica White who scored four goals. Lauren Gorajek tallied two goals and one assist for three points.

After Hennessey gave the Crusaders an early 1-0 lead with a goal on a free-position shot with 22:13 left in the first half, Gorajek tied the contest at 1-1 with 12:05 remaining. Holy Cross then netted three straight goals to move out to a 4-1 advantage. Freshman Tess MacKay (Simsbury, Conn.), Hennessey and sophomore Kate Martino (Summit, N.J.) each found the back of the net during this stretch. White then ended the Crusaders' scoring streak with her first goal of the game, but MacKay and Ryan then each scored a goal to increase the lead to 6-2. White scored a late goal as the Crusaders took a 6-3 lead to the half.

The Crusaders made it an 8-3 contest in the second half as Ryan and Hennessey each scored a goal. Hennessey's goal was her third of the game giving her five hat-tricks this season and 19 for her career. The Raiders then answered with four consecutive goals to cut the lead to 8-7 with 11:45 left. But with 9:34 remaining, freshman Avery Giorgio (Madison, Conn.) ended the Raiders' scoring streak to make it a 9-7 game with her team-best second game-winner of the season. Ryan added an insurance goal with 8:02 left. Ryan has three hat-tricks this season and 14 for her career. White then scored the last goal of the game at 5:22 for the 10-8 final score. The Crusaders improve to 4-1 all-time versus Colgate in the Patriot League Tournament. The Crusaders are also 5-0 all-time in Patriot League Tournament games at home.    

Senior goalie Sarah Weber (Summit, N.J.) made two saves, while Jennie Berglin tallied six saves for the Raiders. Holy Cross outshot Colgate, 20-14, while the Crusaders secured 17 ground balls and the Raiders tallied 14. Colgate tallied 11 draw controls and the Crusaders posted nine. The Raiders went 2-4 on free-position shots and the Crusaders went 1-2.

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