April 5, 2014
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BOSTON – The Boston University women’s lacrosse team had its five-game win streak snapped with a 12-11 double-overtime loss to Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
BU (6-6, 4-1 Patriot League) battled back from a 3-7 deficit to tie the game with 13:53 remaining in regulation. The Terriers then built a two-goal advantage but Lehigh erased its deficit to even the score again at 10-10 with 3:08 to play. BU was unable to capitalize on a Lehigh turnover with 21 seconds remaining and the teams headed to overtime.
Both teams found the back of the net in the first overtime period to even the game at 11-11 and send the contest into double overtime. Allison LaBeau netted the game-winning goal for the Mountain Hawks with 1:17 remaining in the second overtime period to deal the Terriers’ their first loss at Nickerson Field this season.
Playing in their first double-overtime game since April 6, 2011, four different Terriers recorded two goals, including seniors Elizabeth Morse and Sydney Godett along with junior Lindsay Weiner and redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins. Senior Becca Church registered two points with a goal and an assist while sophomores Jill Horka and Sofia Robins each scored once.
Senior Christina Sheridan took the loss in goal after replacing freshman Caroline Meegan almost 18 minutes into the contest. Sheridan finished the game with six saves.
The Terriers finished with a 27-23 edge in shots while Lehigh had a 14-11 advantage in draw controls. BU also led in ground balls, 11-10.
BU took a 2-0 lead just over five minutes into the game with a pair of unassisted tallies from Morse and Robins. The Mountain Hawks then scored seven of the next eight goals to claim a 7-3 lead with 8:08 remaining. Church connected with Weiner to bring the Terriers within three, 7-4, with 7:32 remaining in the first half.
Lehigh regained a four-goal advantage almost three minutes into the second period but the Terriers responded with six unanswered goals during the next 18 minutes to take the 10-8 lead. Godett began the streak with a free position shot and Collins followed about 30 seconds later with an unassisted strike. Horka and Church added to the run for BU to tie the game at 8-8.
Godett then gave the Terriers their first lead since early in the opening half with an unassisted goal before Collins netted a free position shot to put BU ahead, 10-8, with 9:46 to play. Lehigh battled back to tie the game for the second time with goals from Carli Sukonik (5:22) and Chelsea Retaleato (3:08).
Church intercepted a Mountain Hawks pass with 21 seconds remaining in regulation and Horka attempted a final shot as time expired, but Alex Fitzpatrick made one of her 11 saves of the game to send the teams to overtime.
Lehigh struck first in the extra period with a goal from LaBeau but the Terriers battled back to even the game at 11-11 with an unassisted tally from Weiner with 1:22 to play. Lehigh won the following draw control but turned the ball over before attempting a shot. The Terriers cleared the ball with five seconds remaining but were unable to attempt a shot in their first overtime period of the season.
The Mountain Hawks capitalized on a turnover by the Terriers in the second overtime and scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 to play to secure the victory.
BU will travel to Hamilton, N.Y., on Wednesday (April 9) to face Colgate. The game is set to begin at 4 p.m.