April 18, 2009
Powered by a career-best six goals from junior Traci Landy, the 11th-ranked Boston University lacrosse team clinched its fifth straight America East regular-season title with a 19-5 win over Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Senior Sarah Dalton and junior McKinley Curro also tallied hat tricks for the Terriers, who improve to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in conference play with their ninth straight win.
Curro tallied six points with three goals and three assists, while Dalton (4g, 1a) and junior Erica Baumgartner (2g, 3a) each chipped in five points for BU. Seven players scored for the Terriers with junior Jenny Taft netting a pair of goals as well.
Freshman Meg Brown scored two goals for the Bearcats, who fell to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in America East action. Sophomores Beth Moore and Ali Castiglie and freshman Riley Newman also scored for Binghamton.
The Terriers were dominant in the opening half, outshooting the Bearcats by a 26-4 margin and jumping out to a 9-0 lead before Binghamton got on the board. Landy scored five of the first seven goals in the contest with Dalton supplying the other two. Baumgartner and Dalton then struck to put the Terriers up by nine midway through the first half.
The Bearcats broke through when Moore scored with 13:47 to go in the first, but that tally was quickly answered by a free-position goal from Landy before Brown scored for Binghamton to make the score 10-2 with 12:46 to go. The remainder of the first half saw the Terriers put five more goals on the board with Curro and Taft each scoring a pair before Baumgartner closed the half with a goal to give BU a 15-2 lead at the break.
The Terriers held only a 4-3 edge on the scoreboard in the second half, but the Bearcats got no closer than 12 goals after Castiglie opened the second with a goal for Binghamton. Dalton and Curro each added another in the second half, while sophomore Rachel Collins got on the scoreboard and freshman Jordie Lopez scored her first collegiate goal on a free-position shot with 46 seconds to go.
The Terriers finished with a 32-12 advantage in shots and held a 16-15 edge in ground balls. BU won 19 of 26 draw controls, with Collins controlling six and senior Kelly Munroe
coming away with five.
Junior Rachel Klein made four saves in the BU cage, as did sophomore Emily Miller across the field for Binghamton.
The Terriers return to action on Wednesday (April 22) at 6 p.m., hosting 14th-ranked Dartmouth at Nickerson Field for the final non-conference tilt of the regular season.