March 25, 2014
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BOSTON – In search of its third straight victory, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team will host Yale on Wednesday (March 26) for a non-conference match-up. The game is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
The Terriers (3-5, 3-0 Patriot League) are 6-11 all-time against the Bulldogs (5-2, (1-2 Ivy League) but have won five of the last six meetings including three straight. Last season, BU edged Yale, 16-15, in New Haven, Conn., on April 24, 2013.
BU enters Wednesday’s game riding a two-game win streak over Patriot League foes including an upset of No. 14/19 Navy on Saturday. Yale is in the midst of a two-game losing streak having dropped a pair of Ivy League contests to Penn (11-9) and Harvard (11-8).
BU’s defense put on a strong performance last week by limiting opponents to 7.00 goals per game. The Terriers held Holy Cross scoreless for over 32 minutes of action last Wednesday then limited a Navy team that averages nearly 14 goals per game to eight on Saturday.
Three Terriers were honored for their performances last week, as senior Christie Hart (Defensive Player of the Week), sophomore Jill Horka (Midfield Player of the Week) and freshman Caroline Meegan (Rookie of the Week) all received weekly accolades from the Patriot League.
Horka (8g, 1a) and senior Becca Church (10g, 2a) are both on five-game scoring streaks while redshirt sophomore Mallory Collins leads the team with 11 goals. Junior Lindsay Weiner tops the Terriers with 15 points from four goals and 11 assists. Juniors Kelsey Marafioti (9g) and Jenna Boarman (4g, 5a) have scored nine points each.
Meegan has started the last seven games in goal for the Terriers and owns an 11.02 goals against average with a .415 save percentage. She also leads the team with 20 ground balls.
Yale is looking for its first win since defeating Quinnipiac, 15-8, on March 7. The Bulldogs opened the season with five consecutive wins before dropping their last two games to Ivy League opponents. The team is averaging 11.71 goals per game while its 8.00 goals allowed per game is 14th in the NCAA.
Senior Jen Devito leads Yale with 26 points including a team-high 18 assists to go with eight goals while sophomore Nicole Daniggelis leads the Bulldogs with 18 goals. Junior Kerri Fleishhacker is second on the team with 17 goals.
Daniggelis also excels in draw controls for the Bulldogs, as she ranks fourth in the NCAA with 7.57 draws per game while senior Adrienne Tarver has collected a team-high 19 ground balls.
Senior Erin McMullan has started every game in goal for Yale and owns an 8.00 goals against average with a .456 save percentage.
The Terriers will resume Patriot League play on Saturday (March 19) when they travel to Easton, Pa., to take on Lafayette. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.