Looking to bounce back from a one-goal loss to the University of New Hampshire, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team suffered an 18-11 loss to No. 10 Stony Brook University Seawolves at LaValle Stadium Sunday evening.
“It was a hard fought game,” said BU coach Liz Robertshaw. “It was something where we brought a lot more energy and effort to this game, especially in the first half.”
Coming in as the top scoring team in America East at almost 15 goals a game, the Seawolves (13-2, 5-0 America East) got to work quickly after controlling the opening draw. Just under a minute into the contest, midfielder Kaitlyn Harrison netted her sixth goal of the season to give Stony Brook the early lead.
After scoring on its next possession, Stony Brook added a free-position score to build an early 3-0 advantage seven minutes into the game.
After controlling the ensuing draw, senior attack Danielle Etrasco found the net for her 47th goal of the season with the assist coming from sophomore attack Lindsay Weiner.
With momentum building from their last goal, the Terriers struck again on a free-position shot coming from freshman midfielder Jill Horka for her sixth goal of the season, pulling BU within one goal of the Seawolves with 20 minutes to play in the first half.
Following the draw, a burst of quick scores from both teams pushed the pace of the game. Midfielder Demmianne Cook was awarded a free-position shot after being fouled on the play, and beat junior goalkeeper Christina Sheridan for her conference-leading 67th goal of the season, and her second of the game.
Seconds after controlling the draw, junior attack Elizabeth Morse was fouled and awarded a free-position of her own, which she placed in the back of the net for her 20th goal of the season to pull BU within one goal of the Seawolves.
After a six-minute scoring drought, Cook found the net to complete her hat trick for the evening and give Stony Brook a two-goal.
Following another Stony Brook score, freshman midfielder Sofia Robins scored two straight goals for the Terriers to bring them back within one with nine minutes to play in the first half.
Two consecutive goals then came from the Seawolves as they continued to hold off the Terriers each time they made a bid to tie up the score.
After another scoring drought, with just over two minutes to play in the first half, the Terriers outscored Stony Brook 3-2 to end the half with the Seawolves leading 10-8.
Despite the Terriers’ struggles with draw controls this season, they managed to stick with Stony Brook, trailing 11-8. In the shot department, both teams got to the cage area frequently, but Stony Brook led the Terriers, 18-13.
“We wanted to limit their fast break,” Robertshaw said. “I really think that was something that was hurting us, so we wanted to slow the ball down better.”
In the second half, the Terriers did not make all of the necessary changes that Robertshaw suggested. Their offense was stagnant, due in part to the tough defense from Stony Brook.
Both teams came out in the second half cold on attack, as neither team scored in the first 3:15 of the final frame.
Stony Brook opened up the scoring in the half with a goal from attack Janine Hillier for her 37th goal of the season. Senior midfielder Kristen Mogavero responded for the Terriers with her first score of the game, the assist coming from Morse.
After trading goals for around nine minutes, the Seawolves went on a four-goal run to open up the game, giving them a 16-10 lead with less than ten minutes to play.
Mogavero ended the Terriers’ scoring drought with her second goal of the game and 31st of the season with eight minutes remaining.
After two more goals from the Seawolves, neither team scored for the last 6:20 of the game.
BU was limited to just three goals in the half on 11 shots. The Terriers were outscored 8-3 in the frame with Stony Brook taking 19 shots.
“I don’t think I could ask for any more from our midfield play,” Robertshaw said. “But I could ask more from our offensive and defensive ends because I think we can play a little bit better.”
Sheridan was solid in the cage despite allowing 18 goals, as she made nine saves in the game, four more than Stony Brook goaltender Frankie Caridi.
“We have three games left in the regular season and it’s something that we have to play our best lacrosse,” Robertshaw said. “The schedule is not very forgiving … and we have to make sure that we rebound quickly — we can’t let this affect us.”