The Boston University women’s lacrosse team kept its winning streak alive with a 19-9 victory over the University of New Hampshire Wednesday afternoon, making it five wins in a row for the Terriers.
This contest was the best offensive game for the Terriers (6-5, 4-0 Patriot League) this season, as the 19 goals were the highest the team has had all year. The match against the Wildcats (5-7) saw goals from nine different Terriers, with a season-high and career-best five goals from senior attack Elizabeth Morse. In addition, the Terriers saw hat tricks from both junior attack Kelsey Marafioti and senior midfielder Becca Church.
“We played a nice team game today,” said BU coach Liz Robertshaw. “I thought everyone played really strong, and it was the way we played leading up to this game that gave us the success.”
The battle began with a goal from Marafioti just over a minute into the contest. Church, assisted by redshirt sophomore attack Mallory Collins, followed and put up with another marker for BU at the 27:51 mark to give the team an early 2-0 advantage.
UNH answered with a shot from junior Laura Puccia a little over a minute later to make it 2-1 and attack Laura McHoul tied the game with just seconds later. However, BU would respond quickly with another goal from Morse. But, UNH quickly knotted the score again after Puccia found the back of the net again.
But after this initial back-and-forth play, the Terriers began their onslaught, as BU would score 10 unanswered goals within the next 15 minutes of play. Starting it off was Collins, assisted by senior midfielder Sydney Godett. Marafioti followed, scoring her 11th goal of the season at the 19:19 mark.
A little later in the half, sophomore midfielder Jill Horka earned her first goal of the day and 13th of the season. Morse added another tally for the Terriers and earned a hat trick with assistance from Weiner just minutes later.
Not to be outdone, Church then earned a hat trick of her own an unassisted goal with a little under 14 minutes to go in the half. The 10-goal run finally came to an end when Morse struck at the 5:02 minute mark.
The Wildcats, down 13-3, struggled to stay alive, but did add two more goals to finish the half. However, it was BU who had the last point in the half with a shot from Godett with 59 seconds remaining in the first frame.
The Terriers put up 21 shots on goal in the first, while the Wildcats only managed 11. Freshman goaltender Caroline Meegan played the entire first frame for BU and made five saves.
“The team was very prepared and they felt confident in the game plan,” Robertshaw said. “Going into it I told them to attack and they did that. Horka was fantastic on the draws and she gave the whole team confidence to keep taking risks and getting shots on goal.”
The second half began with Marafioti completing her hat trick on an assist from Horka with 26:22 remaining. Morse then scored her fifth goal of the night four minutes later and senior defender Nell Burdis then put up another mark for BU to give the Terriers a 17-5.
UNH then fired back with two consecutive goals from Hinkle and Puccia to make it a 10-goal game. BU broke the Wildcats’ short run with a goal from sophomore midfielder Ally Adams.
The Wildcats fought until the end, but could not come back from the stellar Terrier performance in the first half. UNH netted two more goals, again from Hinkle and the other from Puccia in the last few minutes of the game. But, it was BU that rounded out the scoring with a goal from the stick of Adams.
“From the offensive standpoint and from the hustle and fight standpoint it was a great game for us,” Robertshaw said. “The team played a great overall game.”
On the day, the Terriers outshot the Wildcats by a 41-21 margin.
Meegan finished the game with six saves and played 44:44 of the contest before being relieved by senior goaltender Christina Sheridan, who finished the final 15:16 minutes of play.
“We took some hits early on in the season and [the hits] made us look at ourselves and learn,” Robertshaw said. “We had to be more aggressive and we’re doing that now. It didn’t happen to us by accident, it happened because of all of our hard work.”