Feb. 26, 2014
AMHERST, Mass. - Despite a hat trick from sophomore Sofia Robins, the Boston University women's lacrosse team dropped an 11-8 decision to No. 10/11 Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon at McGuirk Stadium. Playing its third consecutive top-10 opponent, BU falls to 0-3 on the season while UMass improves to 4-0.
Robins led the Terriers with three goals while junior Lindsay Weiner also recorded three points (1g, 2a). Fellow junior Kelsey Marafioti posted the second two-goal game of her career while classmate Jenna Boarman added two points off a goal and an assist.
Redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins extended her scoring streak to three games with a goal while senior Sydney Godett, sophomore Remy Nolan and freshman Taylor Hardison each added an assist.
Making her second consecutive start in goal, freshman Caroline Meegan made nine saves for the Terriers.
Erika Eipp paced the Minutewomen with four goals while Sam Rush added three tallies. Katie Ferris also accounted for three points (1g, 2a) to help lead UMass to victory. Rachel Vallarelli made three saves in goal for the Minutewomen.
UMass held the advantage in shots (26-14), ground balls (18-10) and draw controls (14-7).
The Terriers got off to a fast start with Godett winning the opening draw control and Robins scoring her first goal of the season 37 seconds in to the contest with an assist from Boarman. Robins then made it a 2-0 game just over a minute later when she scored on a free position attempt.
Rush scored the first goal of the game for the Minutewomen with 25:37 on the clock to cut BU's lead in half but the Terriers used a goal from Collins to regain a two-goal advantage. Eipp tied the game almost 10 minutes later with her first of three unanswered goals for the Minutewomen. She completed the hat trick with 7:34 remaining in the first half to give UMass a 5-3 lead.
Boarman found the back of the net for the first time this season with just over a minute to go in the half to cut UMass' lead to 5-4 heading into the break.
BU evened the score for the second time early in the second half with a goal from Marafioti but UMass scored four unanswered goals over the next 10 minutes to take a 9-5 lead. Marafioti got BU back on the board with her second goal of the half with a helper from Weiner to make it a 9-6 game with 15:53 to play.
Weiner then made it a two-goal game, 9-7, with an assist from freshman Taylor Hardison with 11:28 remaining. UMass responded with a pair of goals to go up 11-7 with six minutes remaining. Robins completed her hat trick on a free position shot with 2:37 on the clock, as the Minutewomen hung on for the 11-8 victory.
BU returns to action next Wednesday (March 5) when the Terriers travel to Dartmouth for their fourth consecutive road game. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.