Tiffany Mullan had a strong outing in Baltimore on Saturday (Oct. 14). Photo by Rob Klein.
BALTIMORE - Facing Mid-Atlantic foes George Mason, Loyola (Md), and Johns Hopkins, the Boston University women's lacrosse team held their own in a fall ball tournament in Baltimore last Saturday (Oct. 13).
"Overall, I'd definitely call this weekend a success," said second-year head coach Liza Shoemaker. "We took the focus off winning and put it back on performance and played very well."
After a sleep deprived night due to a late arrival in Baltimore from Boston, the Terriers came ready to play in the first contest of the morning, out-playing George Mason in the opening game.
"The defense started the tempo of the weekend," said Shoemaker. "For the first twenty minutes, they never let George Mason possess the ball on attack."
Shoemaker cited the performances on defense of junior defender Liz Eberhart (Ellicott City, MD) and junior goalkeeper Lauren Beatty (Plainview, NY).
"Originally I was going to split time between Beatty and Anne [Sheridan], but Beatty was playing so well I kept her in. She's been working on her clears and they were right on target."
Senior attacker Tiffany Mullan and freshman midfielder Danica Strutt, both who played for St. Paul's School in Baltimore, had strong efforts on the attacking end.
According to Shoemaker, the Terriers played even with Loyola, the fifth-ranked team in the nation at the end of last season.
Junior attacker Kelly Trahon (Needham, MA) and sophomore midfielder Alyssa Trudel (Middlebury, VT) led the Terriers in scoring against the Greyhounds and were aided by the improved play of the freshmen in the attacking end. Making contributions in the scoring column were midfielders Lindsay Lewis (Gelnelg, MD), Keely Anderson (Nashua, NH), Mary Beth Miller (Berlin, NJ) and Kaitlyn Cuneo (Marlton, NJ).
Shoemaker noted strong performances on defense by juniors Christine Graziano (Northport, NY) and Sasha Lang (Cornish, NH) and sophomore goalkeeper Anne Sheridan (Baltimore, MD).
In their final game of the day, the Terriers faced Johns Hopkins, who finished the 2002 season in the 18th position in the national poll. Shoemaker said the Terriers "ran out of steam" against the Blue Jays.
"For the day, we held our own because we played well fundamentally," said Shoemaker. "We were catching and throwing. We communicated on defense, and on attack we scored off fast breaks and settled possessions."
The Terriers close out their fall season when they travel to Hanover, N.H. on Sunday (Oct. 20) to take on regional-rivals Dartmouth College and the University of New Hampshire.