Women's Lacrosse Prepares for America East Tournament



The Second Seed... The Boston University women's lacrosse team (13-3, 5-1 in America East) will be making its second appearance in four years in the America East Championships when they face third-seeded New Hampshire (8-8, 4-2) on Saturday, May 1 at Hofstra Stadium in Hempstead, NY... Game time is 2:30 p.m... Top-seeded Delaware (11-5, 6-0) will meet Towson (4-11, 3-3) in the other semifinal starting at 12 p.m.

Head Coach Sue Murphy... In just her fourth season, Sue Murphy has elevated the Boston University women's lacrosse program to new heights... In the last two seasons, Murphy's team have posted a 21-10 record, including a school-record 13-3 mark in 1999.

School-Record 13 Victories... The Terriers have won a school-record 13 games so far in 1999... The previous record was eight, set in 1998.

Scoring... The Terriers are 10th in scoring offense (12.63 goals/gm) in the latest NCAA Division I statistics... Six different players have scored at least 20 goals in 1999, led by sophomore Chrissy Lombard's 41.

Defense... The Terriers are holding opponents to 6.33 goals per game, sixth-lowest in Division I... B.U. has allowed 10 or more goals in just two games - both losses - this season... B.U. is third in the country in scoring margin (+6.30) in the latest NCAA Division I statistics.

Manning, Lombard, and Cooney on Career Scoring List... Three active Terriers - junior Jen Manning, sophomore Chrissy Lombard, and senior Jean Cooney - are currently ranked second, third, and fourth respectively on the B.U. career scoring list... Manning has 144 points, Lombard 113, and Cooney 92... Chris Fleming '84 is the leader with 185.

Terriers Start 8-0... The Terriers started the season with eight straight wins before losing to Syracuse on April 5... Victories over 13th-ranked Temple on March 11 and 11th-ranked Vanderbilt on March 28 highlighted the winning skein.

Familiar Faces... Three of the Terriers' top five scorers hail from the same high school - Mount Hebron Academy in Ellicott City, MD... Sophomores Chrissy Lombard and Kyle Rutkowski along with freshman Katie Nordhoff have combined for 96 goals and 26 assists in 16 games.

America East Championship History... B.U. is 0-1 in America East Championship play... On May 3, 1997, top-seeded Towson defeated fourth-seeded B.U., 17-6, in the semifinals... Jen Manning led the Terriers with two goals, while Jean Cooney added one.

Series vs. New Hampshire... New Hampshire leads, 8-1... The Terriers won the last meeting, a 17-7 win on March 31 in Durham.

Last Meeting Versus the Wildcats... March 31, 1999 - No. 13 Boston University 17, New Hampshire 7

DURHAM, N.H. -- Chrissy Lombard scored four goals and added two assists to lead the 13th-ranked Boston University women's lacrosse team to a 17-7 victory over New Hampshire... It was the Terriers' first victory over the Wildcats in nine meetings... Katie Nordhoff and Ericka Hergenroeder each scored four goals for the Terriers, now 7-0, 2-0 in America East... B.U. jumped out to an 11-4 halftime lead as Hergenroeder and Kyle Rutkowski each scored three first-half goals... Brooke Barrett stopped a season-high 15 shots in net.

Series vs. Delaware... Delaware leads, 3-0... The Fightin' Blue Hens defeated the Terriers, 11-8, in Newark, DE on April 18.

Last Meeting Versus the Blue Hens... April 18, 1999 - No. 12 Delaware 11, No. 15 Boston University 8

NEWARK, Del. -- No. 12 Delaware scored four unanswered goals midway through the second half to earn an 11-8 America East women's lacrosse victory over 15th-ranked Boston University at Delaware Field... Chrissy Lombard led B.U. with three goals and one assist, while Kristen Abruzzese added two goals... The two teams played to a 2-2 halftime tie before Delaware scored the first two goals of the second half to go up 4-2 with 26:04 left... Boston University responded with a three-goal flurry to regain the lead, 5-4, with 23:06 left... Delaware answered with its four-goal run that gave them an 8-5 lead with 15:49 left to go. B.U. pulled within two goals twice at 8-6 with 11:17 left, and 10-8 with 1:04 left, but both times Delaware answered with a goal to pull away.

Series vs. Towson... Towson leads, 3-1... The Terriers won the last meeting, a 15-3 decision behind a career-high seven goals from Chrissy Lombard on April 16 in Towson, MD.

Last Meeting Versus the Tigers... April 16, 1999 - No. 15 Boston University 15, Towson 3

TOWSON, Md. -- Chrissy Lombard scored a career-high seven goals - one off the school record - and added two assists to lead 15th-ranked Boston University to a 15-3 victory over Towson at Minnegan Stadium... The victory improved B.U.'s record to 11-2, including a perfect 4-0 mark in conference play... Lombard tallied five first-half goals, four in a 7:52 span, as the Terriers rolled to an 8-2 halftime lead... The Terriers extended their lead in second half, outscoring the Tigers, 7-1, including 6-0 in the final 22:42 of play... Kyle Rutkowski scored three goals and Jen Manning added one goal and two assists.

Key Player Notes...

Chrissy Lombard #16 Sophomore -- Midfield -- Ellicott City, MD

America East Player of the Year Candidate Team and league's top scorer with 57 points (41 goals, 16 assists)... Has 10 multiple-goal efforts, including a career-high seven against Towson on 4/16... Tallied seven points each in wins over Drexel on 3/26 and Boston College on 4/13... Leads team with 24 draw controls and 52 ground balls... Two-time America East Player of the Week (3/22 and 4/19)... Is just the third B.U. player to score 100 career points (113 points; 85 goals, 28 assists).

Brooke Barrett #35 Freshman -- Goalkeeper -- Bel Air, MD

America East Rookie of the Year Candidate Has played in every minute of every game... Extremely mobile around and away from the net... Has a 6.33 goals against average and .536 save percentage... Also has 36 ground balls and 44 caused turnovers... Had a season-high 14 saves in a win over Lehigh on 3/20... Has allowed 10 or more goals just twice in 15 games... Two-time America East Rookie of the Week (3/31 and 4/12).

Jen Manning #11 Junior -- Attack -- Annapolis, MD

Has come back from major knee surgery in the fall and a severely sprained ankle in the preseason... Second on the team in scoring with 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists)... Her 19 assists are tops in America East... Has six multiple-goal and five multiple-assist efforts... Has 22 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers... Currently second on B.U.'s all-time scoring list.

Jean Cooney #4 Senior -- Defense Villanova, PA

Tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 31 points, including 27 goals... Has scored at least one point in each of her last 14 games... Has eight multiple-goal efforts, including a season-high four in a win over Vanderbilt on 3/28... Second on team with 49 groundballs... Second on the team with 40 caused turnovers... Has 92 career points (76 goals, 16 assists), which is fourth on the B.U. career list.

Kyle Rutkowski #29 Sophomore -- Midfield -- Ellicott City, MD

Third on the team in scoring with 34 points (26 goals, 8 assists)... Has scored at least one point in each of her last 15 games... Has eight multiple-goal efforts, including a season-high four-goal effort vs. Holy Cross on 4/21... Fourth on the team with 44 ground balls... 23 caused turnovers.

Kristen Abruzzese #3 Freshman -- Defense -- Medford, NJ

Sixth on the team in scoring with 28 points (21 goals, 7 assists)... Is the only B.U. player to score at least one point in all 16 games... Has six multiple-goal games, a three-goal effort in her first collegiate game on 3/11 vs. 13th-ranked Temple... Has been one of the Terriers' most consistent 1-on-1 defenders... Tied for second on the team with 47 groundballs... 27 caused turnovers.

Ericka Hergenroeder #21 Freshman -- Attack -- Annapolis, MD

Fourth on the team in scoring with 32 points (29 goals, 3 assists)... Eight multiple-goal efforts, including a season-high six at Hofstra on 4/26... Added four goals in the win over New Hampshire on 3/31... Has 25 groundballs and 20 draw controls.

Katie Nordhoff #25 Freshman -- Attack -- Ellicott City, MD

Tied for fifth on the team in scoring with 31 points (29 goals, 2 assists)... Six multiple-goal efforts, including a season-high seven in a win over Lehigh on 3/20... Scored four goals in three Terriers wins - UNH on 3/31, Vermont on 4/3, and Holy Cross on 4/21... Has 21 groundballs and 23 draw controls.



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