March 9, 2013
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NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Despite holding a four-goal lead at halftime, the Boston University women's lacrosse team suffered a 16-11 loss to No. 10/6 Notre Dame Saturday afternoon at Arlotta Stadium.
The Terriers built an 8-4 lead at the half but the Fighting Irish outscored BU 11-3 in the second period to remain undefeated while BU's record drops to 1-2.
Seniors Danielle Etrasco and Kristen Mogavero led BU with three goals each while Etrasco added an assist to lead the team with four points. Juniors Elizabeth Morse, Becca Church and Nell Burdis each added a goal while freshman Sofia Robins also found the back of the net.
Junior goalkeeper Christina Sheridan made a season-high 11 saves for the Terriers. Burdis led BU with a career-high five ground balls while freshman Jill Horka added three ground balls.
The Fighting Irish held an 18-11 advantage in draw controls and while the Terriers caused 10 turnovers on the day.
The Terriers struck first in the opening two minutes of the game, as Etrasco found the back of the net with an assist from sophomore Jenna Boarman. The Fighting Irish knotted the game then took the lead with two goals just over a minute apart before Mogavero evened the game at 2-2 with an assist from junior Sydney Godett with 21:20 to go in the opening half.
Notre Dame scored two unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead with 16:07 remaining in the half but the Terriers scored the final six unanswered goals to close out the first period. Sophomore Lindsay Weiner dished out a pair of helpers on the next two goals, as both Mogavero and Morse scored to tie the game at 4-4.
Following an own goal by Notre Dame to put BU ahead 5-4, Robins found the back of the net to put the Terriers lead at 7-4. Mogavero and Etrasco scored in the final minute of the half to give BU an 8-4 lead heading into the break.
Notre Dame opened the second half with four goals in the first 10 minutes of the period to tie the game at 8-8 before BU regained a one-goal advantage with a tally from Church with 17:04 to play.
The Fighting Irish scored the next three goals before Etrasco got her third tally of the night with 10:05 to go. Notre Dame then built its lead to 14-10 and Burdis got the Terriers back on the board after causing a Fighting Irish turnover and taking the ball down the field herself to find the back of the net with 3:20 to play.
Notre Dame called a timeout and scored the final goal of the game after the break to claim the 15-11 victory.
BU will remains on the road and heads to Denver, Colo., to take on the Denver Pioneers on Wednesday (March 13). Game time is set for 9 p.m. (ET).
The Terriers return to Nickerson Field on Saturday, March 16, to host Ohio State for Youth Lacrosse day. There will be a postgame clinic on the field with BU coaches and players following the game. For more information click here. There will also be limited edition BU women's lacrosse Saint Patrick's day t-shirts given away at the game.