Terriers Edged by No. 18 Army, 8-7

GO TERRIERS Freshman Adam Schaal scored twice and added an assist on Saturday.
Freshman Adam Schaal scored twice and added an assist on Saturday.

April 5, 2014

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BOSTON - The Boston University men's lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to make it a one-goal game, but No. 18/20 Army escaped with an 8-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

BU (1-9, 1-5 PL) trailed, 8-4, midway through the fourth quarter before scoring three times to cut the Army (7-3, 5-1 PL) lead to just one at 8-7. After sophomore Sammy Davis scored with 56 seconds to play, freshman Sam Talkow won the ensuing faceoff, but the Black Knights forced a turnover and held the ball to seal the win.

Freshman Adam Schaal scored twice and added an assist while classmate Cal Dearth had three assists. Freshman Justin Diamond collected his first collegiate goal while redshirt freshmen Patrick Donnelly and Sam Tenney joined freshman Clay Phillips on the scoresheet with a goal each.

The Terriers won the ground ball battle, 33-22, led by freshman Dominick Calisto's career-best six and Talkow's seven. Calisto also led BU with three caused turnovers. Talkow was 10-of-16 at the faceoff X while freshman Greg Marzec won his first-ever faceoff attempt. Freshman Christian Carson-Banister stopped six shots in the cage for the Terriers.

Army scored the first two goals of the game before Dearth found Schaal with 5:56 to play in the first quarter to make it a 2-1 game. The Black Knights closed the quarter with two more goals, but Tenney began the second stanza with his 11th goal of the year to make it a 4-2 contest.

Following two more Army goals, the Terriers tallied the final two markers of the first half. Dearth found Diamond with 5:22 left before Donnelly scored with just 2:36 remaining in the half.

The Black Knights scored the lone third-quarter goal and then converted on an extra-man opportunity 24 seconds into the fourth quarter to take an 8-4 lead. The BU comeback attempt began when Phillips capitalized on a Schaal feed with 6:28 to play. Schaal made it an 8-6 game with 4:58 left after a broken play when he collected a loose ball and quickly fired a shot home.

Davis used his speed to score the final goal of the game after he raced past a defender and created enough space to whistle a shot into the back of the net. After BU controlled the ensuing draw, the Army defense swarmed Davis and forced a turnover to escape with the win.

The one-goal loss is the closest margin of the defeat the Terriers have had this year. BU has been close in all three games it has played against ranked teams, losing by just a combined six goals to Army, Colgate and Lehigh.

The Terriers will return to action on Tuesday night when they travel to Harvard for a non-conference tilt. The game will be shown live on ESPN3 beginning at 7 p.m.



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