April 4, 2012
BOSTON - The Boston University women's lacrosse team scored four goals in a span of 6:42 to break a 6-6 deadlock in the second half and eventually hold on for a 13-8 victory over New Hampshire on Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
BU (7-4, 3-0 America East) extended its win streak to six games with the victory. Senior Molly Swain was the America East Player of the Game, as she scored four goals, including two key second-half strikes to extend the Terriers' lead over New Hampshire (3-7, 1-2 America East)
Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sheridan made eight saves to preserve the win, including five in the second half. Freshman Mallory Collins scored four goals and added an assist, while junior Danielle Etrasco tallied twice and had one helper.
Senior Annie Stookesberry and sophomore Elizabeth Morse each controlled three draws to lead the Terriers; the pair also each gathered two ground balls. Sheridan collected three ground balls to lead BU, while junior Monica Baumgartner also had two ground balls to her credit. Baumgartner led the squad with three caused turnovers.
Swain scored the first two goals of the game to give BU an early 2-0 advantage, including a free position goal with 20:01 remaining in the first half. The Wildcats capitalized on a man-up situation when Laura Puccia converted a free position shot to make it a 2-1 game.
The goalkeepers and defenders made life difficult for the attackers throughout the first half, with the teams unable to score during two different six-minute stretches of the first half. Etrasco eventually found the back of the net with 11:47 to go in the first half to make it a 3-1 game. Puccia responded with a goal to cut the deficit to 3-2, but a pair of goals from Collins put BU ahead, 5-2, entering halftime.
UNH began the second half with three straight goals to tie the game, 5-5, with 20:55 remaining in regulation. Etrasco scored to regain the lead for BU before Puccia scored her third goal of the game to tie the game, 6-6.
The Wildcats never got as close again, as the Terriers rattled off four straight goals to take a 10-6 lead. Senior Catie Tilton made it 7-6 before junior Kristen Mogavero made it 8-6. Swain finished the four-goal spurt with two straight goals, the final one coming with just 7:06 left in the stanza.
The teams traded goals over the final five minutes, with Collins and Frey answering goals from the Wildcats. Collins closed the scoring for the afternoon with just 28 seconds showing on the clock.
BU will look to win its seventh straight game when the Terriers travel to Albany on Saturday. Opening draw is slated for 2 p.m.