April 3, 2012
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The Boston University women’s lacrosse team will look to win its sixth straight game when the Terriers host New Hampshire at Nickerson Field on Wednesday afternoon. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
BU (6-4, 2-0 America East) is 21-12 all-time against New Hampshire (3-6, 1-1 America East) and has won 13 of the past 14 meetings. The one blemish in that stretch came last season, when the Wildcats edged the Terriers in overtime, 13-12.
The Terriers’ win streak appeared to be in jeopardy on Saturday at UMBC, as BU trailed, 11-4, with 18:11 remaining in regulation. However, BU scored the final eight goals of the game, including senior Annie Stookesberry’s game-winner with 1:36 left, to claim a 12-11 victory. Junior Danielle Etrasco led the Terriers with six points (4g, 2a) while freshman Mallory Collins scored to tie the game before she assisted on Stookesberry’s winner.
Etrasco continues to lead the Terriers in goals (36), points (47) and draw controls (34). She is also second behind senior Catie Tilton with 11 assists. Tilton has tallied 28 assists this year, including 21 in the last four games. Collins is second on the squad with 28 goals and is also second in the nation among rookies with 2.90 goals per game.
Defensively, Stookesberry leads BU with nine caused turnovers and is third on the team with 13 ground balls. Sophomore goalkeeper Christina Sheridan has collected 30 ground balls to lead the squad. She also owns an 11.53 goals-against average and a .415 save percentage in 10 starts. Sophomore Sydney Godett has gathered 14 ground balls and is second with 16 draw controls.
The Wildcats enter Wednesday’s contest having lost their last game to Vermont, an 18-8 road defeat on Saturday. The two teams were tied, 6-6, entering the second half before Vermont outscored UNH, 12-2, in the final 30 minutes. Prior to the Vermont game, the Wildcats had won two straight, including a 12-11 win over then-No. 12 Vanderbilt on March 28.
Junior Jenny Simpson leads UNH in goals (17) and points (22). Senior Kate Keagins is second in goals (16) and points (20). She is also leads the Wildcats in ground balls (19), draw controls (24) and caused turnovers (20).
The minutes in the cage have been spread among three goalkeepers this season, with junior Kathleen O’Keefe playing the majority of those minutes. She owns a 13.13 goals-against average and a .391 save percentage. All three of the Wildcats’ goalies have started at least two games each, with freshman Taylor Hurwitz and O’Keefe each having played in six contests.
BU will continue its conference schedule on Saturday when the Terriers trek to Albany. Opening draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.