No. 3 BU Set to Battle No. 2 Navy in PL Semifinal on Thursday

GO TERRIERS Senior Becca Church tied for the team lead with two goals and an assist in BU's win over Navy last month.
GO TERRIERS
Senior Becca Church tied for the team lead with two goals and an assist in BU's win over Navy last month.
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April 23, 2014

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The Last Meeting
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Women's Lacrosse Tops No. 14/19 Navy, 9-8
Playing for the first time in program history, the Boston University women's lacrosse team topped No. 14/19 Navy, 9-8, on Saturday afternoon at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The Terriers improve to 3-5 on the season and 3-0 in the Patriot League while handing the Mids their first loss of the year (9-1, 3-1 PL).

Patriot League Championship Central

BOSTON – The Boston University women’s lacrosse team continues its quest for its first Patriot League Championship on Thursday (April 24) when the No. 3 seed Terriers take on No. 2 seed Navy in the tournament semifinals at 7:30 p.m. The game will be played at Loyola Maryland’s Ridley Athletic Complex located in Baltimore, Md.

In their inaugural season as members of the Patriot League, the Terriers advanced to the semifinals with a 14-9 win over sixth-seeded Lehigh in Tuesday’s quarterfinal game at Nickerson Field.

No. 12 Loyola earned the top seed in the tournament and the right to host the semifinals and championship after claiming the PL regular season title. Both Loyola and Navy earned a bye to the semifinals as the top two seeds in the field. The Greyhounds will play fourth-seeded Holy Cross at 5 p.m. on Thursday in the other semifinal match-up. The Crusaders advanced to the semifinals after defeating fifth-seeded Colgate, 11-8, on Tuesday.

The winners of each semifinal will play for the Patriot League Championship on Saturday (April 26) at 1 p.m.

During the regular season, BU (8-9) handed Navy (14-2) its first loss of the year by defeating the then-No. 14 Midshipmen, 9-8, on March 22 in Annapolis, Md. Since then Navy has only suffered one other loss, an 11-6 setback in the regular-season finale at Loyola on April 19.


 

 

Sophomore Jill Horka, an All-Patriot League First Team honoree, led the Terriers with a career-high five goals in Tuesday’s quarterfinal win while freshman Taylor Hardison notched a career-best five points (2g, 3a). Senior Christina Sheridan made seven saves in goal for the Terriers.

Horka leads BU with 23 goals and has tallied at least one point in 14 straight games. Junior Lindsay Weiner, an All-League Second Team honoree, leads BU with 34 points (18g, 16a) while three other Terriers have recorded at least 20 points, including All-League Second Team selection Becca Church (22g, 5a).

As a two-way midfielder, Horka also leads the team in draw controls (39) ground balls (30) and caused turnovers (23). BU’s defensive unit is led by senior tri-captain Christie Hart, an All-League First Team honoree. Hart has totaled 26 ground balls and 13 caused turnovers and is often defending the opponent’s top scorer.

Sheridan has started the last three games in goal for BU and owns a 3-3 record in net with 10.15 goals allowed and a .373 save percentage. The Terriers have also benefited from rookie Caroline Meegan, who has started 12 games and posted a .418 save percentage with 11.03 goals allowed.

Navy enters the Patriot League Tournament as the four-time defending champion and ended the regular season with a 14-2 record and a 6-2 mark in conference action. The Mids had four players earn All-League honors, including junior Loren Generi, who leads Navy in points (78), goals (44), assists (34), draw controls (100) and ground balls (28).

Senior Aimee Gennaro earned All-League Second Team honors after ranking second on the squad in points (58) and goals (36) and was joined by classmate Jill Coughlin (33 goals). Sophomore defender Lizzy Rullan also earned second team honors after leading a Navy defense that held 15 of 16 opponents to under 10 goals.

Sophomore Cassidy Chaney has started the last five games in goal for the Mids and has allowed 8.43 goals per game with a .328 save percentage. Annie Foky started the first 11 games of the season and allowed 4.97 goals per game to go with a .440 save percentage.

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