Feb. 15, 2014
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Despite four goals from redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team opened its season with an 18-8 loss to No. 1 North Carolina on Saturday afternoon at Henry Field.
Collins, the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year who missed all of last season due to an injury, scored four goals in her return to the field to lead the Terriers against last year’s NCAA national champion.
Junior Lindsay Weiner recorded two points (1g, 1a) for BU while freshman Taylor Hardison also posted a goal and an assist for her first collegiate points. The Terriers also received goals from junior Kelsey Marafioti and sophomore Remy Nolan.
The Tar Heels received scoring contributions from eight different players and were led by five goals from Abbey Friend. Aly Messinger added five points (4g, 1a) while Sydney Holman posted three goals and an assists.
Senior Christina Sheridan started in goal for BU and finished with four saves in 17:53 minutes of action. Freshman Caroline Meegan played the remainder of the game (42:07) and posted three saves in her collegiate debut.
BU collected 14 ground balls, compared to 25 for UNC while the Tar Heels also posted a 14-10 edge in caused turnovers and and 18-10 lead in draw controls.
UNC took a 4-1 lead before Collins scored her first goal since 2012 about four and a half minutes into the game. After Friend’s second goal of the contest, Collins found the back of the net again with a helper from Weiner to cut the Tar Heels’ lead to 5-2. Weiner scored her first goal of the season six and a half minutes later on an unassisted tally.
Collins completed a hat trick in the first half with her third tally, and second unassisted marker of the afternoon, with 6:05 remaining. UNC closed out the half with three unanswered goals to take a 15-4 lead into the break.
The Tar Heels scored the first three goals of the second half to take an 18-4 lead with 20:27 to play. BU outscored UNC 4-0 the remainder of the game, as Collins netted her fourth goal to break BU’s scoreless streak. Nolan notched her first career tally with an assist from senior Becca Church with 12:15 to play.
Marafioti and Hardison closed out the scoring for BU, as each converted on free position shots.
The Terriers return to action on Wednesday (Feb. 19) when BU travels to College Park, Md., to take on the Maryland, the 2013 NCAA national runner-up. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.