For the second game in a row, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team came up short against a conference rival, falling to Colgate University 11-7 Wednesday afternoon in Hamilton, N.Y.
The Terriers (6-7, 4-2 Patriot League) won the draw to start the game and immediately capitalized, as junior attack Lindsay Weiner scored the first goal of the game just a minute in. However, the Raiders (5-7, 3-3 Patriot League) responded just two minutes later when midfielder Alison Flood tied up the score at one apiece.
Colgate continued to play with aggression, forcing another turnover. Midfielder Megan Ark would capitalize, putting one in the back of the net to give the Raiders the lead. Freshman Sarah Bowles added a free-position goal minutes later at the 18:47 mark in the first half to extend Colgate’s lead to 3-1.
The Terriers came roaring back though, and midfielder Jill Horka and attack Elizabeth Morse added one goal each to tie the score at three with 9:35 remaining in the first half.
Ark scored the Raiders’ second free-position goal on the day just two minutes later to regain the lead for the home side.
BU would respond at the 4:47 mark whe Weiner notched a free-position goal of her own to tie up the game at four. Every time one team tried to pull away, the other team had an answer in this back-and-forth tilt.
Just a minute later, Flood scored her second goal of the day, to give Colgate back the lead in the frenzy. The Raiders went into the break with a 5-4 advantage.
“I told my girls that they we were playing well,” said BU coach Liz Robertshaw about her speech to her team at the half. “They just needed to keep up their aggression, keep shooting. I was a little disappointed by our attacks, I really think they needed to do more. And they still do.
“But I liked how we responded every time they scored. I thought if we kept playing the way we were, we would give ourselves a chance to win.”
To start the second half of action, Colgate won the draw. Attack Monica White made it a 6-4 contest in favor of Colgate, scoring at the 23:21mark in the second half.
As play resumed, both teams seemed equally hungry and both were firing off shots. BU finally responded at the 15:28 mark, as senior midfielder Becca Church cut the deficit to just 6-5. However, this would be the closest the Terriers would get.
Ark responded just 30 seconds later, completing her hat trick, to give the Raiders a two-goal lead once again. Bowles added another goal of her minutes later, pushing Colgate’s lead to three goals.
Morse answered with a goal just 40 seconds later to cut the Raider advantage 8-6.
Ark could not be stopped though, and she added her fourth goal of the game with 7:13 remaining in the second half. Attack Kallan Murray added two goals of her own toward the end of game, extending the Raider lead to 11-6, their biggest lead of the game, ultimately sealing the win.
With five seconds remaining in the contest, sophomore midfielder Ally Adams registered a goal, but it was too little too late, as Colgate walked away with an 11-7 victory over the Terriers.
“We need to do better,” Robertshaw said about the team’s loss. “We can’t be looking towards the postseason. We just can’t. It’s really hurting us. I thought we competed in the first half and just fell out in the second half. Our attacks need to be more consistent. One day they score five goals, the next, they score one.
“It’s a team effort. We need to do better now if we want to go anywhere in the postseason, and I’m going to make sure they understand that.”