HEMPSTEAD, NY - The Boston University women's lacrosse team advanced to its first-ever America East Championship game with a 9-2 victory over third-seeded New Hampshire in the semifinals at the Hofstra Stadium. The second-seeded Terriers will play top-seeded Delaware, who were 9-4 winners over fourth-seeded Towson in the day's first semifinal contest.
1999 America East Player of the Year Chrissy Lombard (Ellicott City, MD) led B.U. with two goals and one assist, all of which came in the first half as the Terriers took control. B.U. took a 6-0 lead with 16:21 after a Jen Manning (Annapolis, MD) goal off a feed from Kristen Abruzzese (Medford, NJ) with 16:21 to go in the half.
After 21:50 of scoreless play in the second half, Rachel Leiber (Potomac, MD) increased the score to 7-1 with a free position goal. Brooke Barrett (Bel Air, MD) made seven saves in goal for B.U. The two goals were the fewest allowed by a B.U. team since the 1987 season, when the Terriers defeated Northeastern, 5-2.
No. 2 Boston University (14-4) 3 5 - 8
No. 1 Delaware (13-5) 9 6 - 15
Boston University - Kyle Rutkowski 4, Jean Cooney 2, Katie Nordhoff,
Delaware - Megan Fortunato 5, Amy Sullivan 3, Robyn Hill 2, Christy Buck,
Kelly Swift, Sarah Edwards, Denise Guerra, Liz Walton
Boston University - Lombard 2, Jen Manning, Michelle Ellsworth
Delaware - Fortunato 3, Sullivan 2, Hill 2, Buck, Swift, Guerra
Boston University - Brooke Barrett (60 min., 6 saves)
Delaware - Laurie Tortorelli (60 min., 15 saves)
1999 America East All-Tournament Team
Megan Fortunato (UD), Amy Sullivan (UD), Kelly Griffith(UD), Laurie
Tortorelli (UD), Kyle Rutkowski (B.U.), Jean Cooney (B.U.), Chrissy
Lombard (B.U.), Caroline Doherty (B.U.), Jacquie Sica (T), Amie Rose (T),
Amanda Orinn (UNH), Stephanie Keefe (UNH)
Most Outstanding Player: Fortunato - UD