March 8, 2014
BOSTON - Freshman Ryan Johnston scored a program-record five goals, but the Boston University men's lacrosse team was edged by Colgate, 7-5, on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
Johnston scored on all five shots he took and had BU (0-6, 0-2 PL) within one at 5-4 with 9:57 left in the fourth quarter, but Colgate (5-1, 2-1 PL) scored twice more and survived a late rally to secure the victory.
Four different freshmen had an assist, with Chad Bell, Pat Myers, Clay Phillips and Adam Schaal each helping on a Johnston tally. Freshman Christian Carson-Banister was terrific between the pipes, making 14 saves and allowing the fewest goals of his collegiate career.
The teams traded goals in the first quarter with Johnston tying the game each time. Colgate scored first 1:42 into the game before Johnston answered with a feed from Myers over two minutes later. After Kevin Adams gave Colgate a 2-1 edge, Phillips found Johnston with 4:34 to play in the quarter to tie the game.
Both goaltenders were perfect in the second quarter to keep the score tied, 2-2. Carson-Banister made four saves while Brandon Burke stopped both shots he faced. Johnston gave the Terriers their first lead of the game with 9:01 to play in the third quarter, but the Raiders scored twice to take a 4-3 lead into the final stanza.
Colgate took its first two-goal lead of the game 1:54 into the fourth quarter, but Johnston answered to cut the deficit to one again at 5-4 with 9:57 to play thanks to an assist from Bell. Two more Colgate goals made it 7-4 with 5:41 remaining in regulation before Schaal connected with Johnston for the game's final goal with 2:41 left in the contest.
BU will hit the road for its next two games, beginning with a Patriot League tilt at Lafayette on March 15. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.