May 3, 2012
BOSTON - The Boston University women's lacrosse team had its 2012 season come to an end on Thursday, as the top-seeded Terriers were upset, 15-9, by fourth-seeded Albany in the semifinals of the America East tournament at Nickerson Field.
Trailing 6-5 at halftime, BU opened the second half with a quick goal by senior Molly Swain to tie the contest, but then went scoreless for nearly 15 minutes while allowing the Great Danes to reel off six straight goals.
The resulting 12-6 deficit proved to be too much to overcome, as the Terriers were only able to get within four at 13-9 with just under seven minutes to play before Albany went on to secure the victory. It marked the fourth time in the last seven years that the top-seeded team lost in the semifinal round of the tournament.
BU (11-6) was coming off a perfect regular season in America East play, winning all six of its league contests to secure the top seed for the tournament.
Swain and junior Danielle Etrasco each recorded three goals in the contest and Etrasco added an assist for a team-high four points. Junior Kristen Mogavero chipped in with a pair of tallies.
Albany (11-5) was paced by Ariana Parker, who recorded a game-best seven points on the strength of five assists. Rachael Burek and Mel Rorie led all scorers with four goals apiece.
The Great Danes controlled 14 of the game's 25 draws and outshot the Terriers, 24-14. BU held a 9-8 edge in ground balls and recorded seven caused turnovers, including three by junior Monica Baumgartner.
Sophomore Christina Sheridan stopped just one of the 10 shots she faced in the BU goal before being replaced by junior Kim Elsworth with 25:14 left in regulation. Elsworth went on to record two saves while allowing six goals. Albany got a four-save performance from Anna Berman.
The Terriers held three separate one-goal leads in the first half with the last coming at 5-4 following a tally by Etrasco with 4:38 left before the half. Albany scored twice in the final minute of the stanza to take the one-goal advantage at the break.