The Boston University women’s lacrosse team erupted for its second 20-goal game of the season in a 21-12 win against Binghamton University Saturday afternoon on an emotional Senior Day at Nickerson Field.
“I’m excited to have such a nice win on Senior Day,” said BU coach Liz Robertshaw. “It’s an emotional day and it’s a day that can go either way.”
Following a 20-17 win against the University of Vermont April 6, the Terriers (5-6, 2-2 America East) came out firing against the Bearcats (2-9, 1-3 America East), winning the opening draw and scoring on a shot from freshman midfielder Sofia Robins 30 seconds into the game to take the early lead. Junior midfielder Sydney Godett made a great pass and got the assist on Robins’ fifth goal of the year.
Four minutes later, Binghamton evened the score at one for the first and only tie of the game.
Senior midfielder Kristen Mogavero, who is no stranger to the scoreboard, put BU ahead by a goal two minutes later for her first score of the game on her way to a six-goal performance. This sparked a three-goal run by the Terriers to open up a 4-1 lead with 17 minutes left to play in the first half.
Despite the final score, Binghamton hung tough in the opening frame. Each time the Terriers made a run, the Bearcats came back with a run of their own to keep the game close.
Following the three-goal run from BU, the Bearcats netted two straight to come within one halfway through the first half.
After trading scores, the Terriers finished the half with a three-goal run to head into the locker room up 12-7.
The Terrier attack was aggressive to the net in the opening frame, outshooting the Bearcats 33-10. They were also solid on draw controls, winning by a margin of 14-6.
The Terriers were also solid defensively, only allowing 10 shots while also forcing 10 Binghamton turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Christina Sheridan had three saves in the half.
Coming out in the second half, the Terriers were looking to control the ball and the pace of the game in order to secure the victory.
Binghamton struck first, with a goal off of a free-position shot from senior Kristen Stone 28 seconds in.
Just 10 seconds later, senior attack Danielle Etrasco was awarded a free-position shot, which she put in the back of the net to push the BU lead back to five goals.
After another Binghamton score, the Terriers went on yet another three-goal run to open up a seven-goal lead just over four minutes into the half.
For the remainder of the game, each team continued to battle toward the net, but the BU attack proved to be too much for Binghamton, as it finished the game with an Etrasco goal with two minutes left to play.
Ultimately, the Terriers were able to get a key conference victory to polish their resume in order to make a run at postseason play.
With six goals each, Etrasco and Mogavero were both to leave their mark on Nickerson Field in a big way on Senior Day
“We’ve said that every single game is so important to us for the rest of the season, and starting off the way we played today and scoring the amount of goals we scored and having people be a threat was really big,” Robertshaw said.
“Not just for the people who typically score goals, but for everyone’s confidence and knowing that they can do it when they’re asked.”