March 16, 2012
The Boston University women’s lacrosse team will look to win its second straight game in California as the Terriers take on Saint Mary’s for the first time in program history on Saturday afternoon. Game time is set for 5 p.m.
BU (2-4) defeated California, 14-13, on Wednesday night thanks to a five-goal, two-assist effort from junior Danielle Etrasco. It was the second-highest offensive output of the season for the Terriers, who are 2-0 when scoring at least 12 goals.
The second half has also been kind to BU, as it has out-scored its opponents, 40-28, in the second stanza. Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sheridan has also saved her best for the second half, as she has made 35 saves in the final 30 minutes of each contest.
Offensively, Etrasco leads the Terriers in goals (22) and points (28). She has also controlled a team-high 17 draws. Freshman attack Mallory Collins is second on the squad with 19 goals and 21 points. Etrasco, Collins and junior Kristen Mogavero (9 goals) have all scored in each game this season. Mogavero scored a season-high three against Cal.
Sheridan has started all six games this season for BU and has posted a 12.00 goals-against average and a .429 save percentage. She has collected a team-high 19 ground balls and has caused four turnovers.
Saint Mary’s (2-6) had lost three straight games before it earned a 19-11 win over Long Island on Thursday. Amanda Cross leads the Gaels with 24 goals and 28 points. Juniors Mariah Walk and Caroline Mahony each have 10 goals, while junior Jillian Chong has controlled a team-high 24 draws.
Junior Kathleen Worsdale has started all eight games for the Gaels. She owns a 15.60 goals-against average and a .424 save percentage.
BU will be back in Boston after Saturday’s game for a two-game homestand. It will begin on Wednesday when the Terriers welcome Yale to Nickerson Field for a game that was rescheduled from its original date of Feb. 29. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.