Junior Sasha Lang paced the Terriers midfield against B.C. and Harvard. Photo by Rob Klein.
BOSTON - The B.U. women's lacrosse team opened its competitive fall schedule last Saturday (Oct. 5) in an invitational at Nickerson Field against cross-town rivals Boston College and Harvard University.
"I was very excited to get this Beanpot tournament underway," said second-year head coach Liza Shoemaker. "It will hopefully be a great tradition that we can continue for years to come. It's always fun to play rivals like B.C. and Harvard."
The Terriers return six starters and 15 lettermen from the 2002 squad that captured the America East Championship and finished with an 8-11 record.
Among the returners back to lead the young Terrier attack are junior Kelly Trahon (Needham, MA) and sophomore Alyssa Trudel (Middlebury, VT). Trahon, a First Team All-Conference selection in 2001, and Trudel, an All-Rookie Team selection last season, were the top scorers against B.C. and Harvard.
"Kelly and Alyssa did a great job leading this young group of attackers," said Shoemaker. "Kelly had an especially strong outing against Harvard."
Joining the two attackers, midfielders Sasha Lang (Cornish, NH) and Keely Anderson (Nashua, NH) paced the Terrier transition and were threats on offense. Lang earned Second Team All-Conference honors last season after starting in 19 games and contributing seven goals and two assists along with 29 caused turnovers. Last spring, Anderson was an All-New Hampshire and All-American Honorable Mention selection as a senior while leading Nashua High School to its second consecutive State championship appearance.
"Both Keely and Sash were scoring threats from the midfield," said Shoemaker. "Our greatest asset in the midfield is our speed and they've both got it."
On defense, Shoemaker noted the play of seniors Meghan Murphy (Annapolis, MD) and Brianna Smith (Huntington, NY) and junior Liz Eberhart (Ellicott City, MD).
"Meg is doing a superior job leading our defense. While last year she often played it safe, this year she's really stepping up and taking risks."
Sophomore Anne Sheridan (Baltimore, MD), an All-Rookie Team selection in 2002, and junior Lauren Beatty (Plainview, NY) both saw time in the cage for the Terriers.
The Terriers continue their challenging fall schedule when they face Loyola (Md.) and Johns Hopkins in Baltimore this Saturday (Oct. 12).