#20 Terriers Lose Close Battle to Crimson, 11-10



Ericka Hergenroeder rips a shot past Harvard goalie Laura Mancini. Photo by Rob Klein.

Boston, MA - Elaine Belitsos scored her third goal of the game off a feed from Melissa Christino with 1:31 remaining in the second half to give the Harvard women's lacrosse team an 11-10 win over visiting 20th-ranked Boston University on a rain-soaked Jordan Field on Wednesday afternoon (April 3).

The win was the second-consecutive one-goal victory for the Crimson, who defeated the then-seventh-ranked Terriers, 7-6, in overtime last season.

Ericka Hergenroeder (Annapolis, MD) got B.U. started on the attack, firing a shot off a free position into the top right corner of the net at 25:34. Harvard maintained possession after the ensuing draw, but goalie Brooke Barrett (Bel Air, MD) chased an errant pass deep in B.U. territory. Barrett flipped a behind-the-back pass to Briana Smith (Huntington, NY) who started a break down the far left side of the field. Katie Nordhoff (Ellicott City, MD) took the ball behind the cage and found Molly Byrne (Lake Placid, NY) for an open look to put the Terriers up, 2-0, at 24:04. Kristin Abruzzese (Medford, NJ) finished low on a free position at the 20 minute mark as B.U. led 3-0.

The Crimson answered with three straight goals from Jen Brooks, Katie Shaughnessy and Christino to tie the game at 3-3 with five minutes to go in the half.

Abruzzese took a rough foul from Erin Kutner at the 50-yard line, and capitalized on the penalty, running half the length of the field and scoring off a lefty shot at 5:01. But Belitsos answered, snagging a draw and converting for her second score, tying the game, 4-4, at 4:50.

Byrne fed an open Smith in the 8-meter to give B.U. a brief 5-4 advantage, but Belitsos scored off a rebound in the Terriers' defensive end 14 seconds later. Alyssa Trudel (Middlebury, VT) scored the first of her three goals with 36 seconds to go in the first half to give the Terriers a 6-5 edge going into halftime.

Harvard took control early in the second with scores from Christino and Shaughnessy in the first 1:35.

Freshman midfielder Alyssa Trudel had three goals against Harvard. Photo by Rob Klein.

After being held scoreless for the first ten minutes of the second half, Gabby Juocys (Rochester, MI) knotted the game at 7-7 off a free position. Byrne found Trudel rolling off a pick to give B.U. an 8-7 lead at 19:28. On the next trip on the attack, Trudel took a check to the face, dodged two defenders and rolled the left side of the crease to put the Terriers up, 9-7, at 18:47.

Hilary Walton scored back-to-back goals to tie the game at 9-9 and Shaughnessy converted a free position to give Harvard a 10-9 lead at 11:25.

Abruzzese scored the Terriers final goal, sprinting behind the cage and pulling up on the left side for a lefty shot at 10:24.

Barrett kept the Terriers in the game in the final ten minutes. Chasing a ball wide of the net, Barrett gave the Harvard attackers an empty net opportunity. But Barrett sprinted back to the crease and blocked a Crimson shot heading for the top right corner of the cage. Ten seconds later, Barrett denied a free position for her game-high 15th save.

Harvard gained possession off an off-sides call at 1:41 and Belitsos raced the field for the final score.

The Terriers will look for their first win over a Top 20 team when they host 15th-ranked Old Dominion on Saturday.

Boston University (3-4) 6 4 - 10
Harvard (4-3) 5 6 - 11

SCORING SUMMARY Goals: (B. U.) Kristin Abruzzese 3, Alyssa Trudel 3, Ericka Hergenroder , Molly Byrne, Briana Smith, Gabby Juocys. (Harvard) Katie Shaughnessy 3, Elaine Belitsos 3, Hilary Walton 2, Melissa Christino 2, Jen Brooks. Assists: (B. U.) Byrne 2, Katie Nordhoff. (Harvard) Christino 3, Belitsos. Shots on Goal: B.U. 28 .Harvard 21. Draw Controls: B.U. 15, Harvard 7. Caused Turnovers: B.U. 5, Harvard N/A. Ground Balls: B.U. 18, Harvard N/A. Fouls: B.U. 13, Harvard N/A.

GOALKEEPING SUMMARY B.U.: Brooke Barrett: 60 minutes, 15 saves; 11 goals allowed Harvard: Lauria Mancini: 60 minutes, 9 saves; 10 goals allowed



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