Oct. 2, 2015
BOSTON--After two games on the road, BU returns to Nickerson Field for a pair of matches starting with a Patriot League contest against Loyola Maryland on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.
Saturday's contest will be aired on the Patriot League Network and will be available on the Verizon go90 app, which is accessible on iOS and Android devices, free of charge.
The game will determine first place in the conference as the Terriers (4-4-3, 2-01 PL) and the Greyhounds (4-5-1, 2-0-1 PL) both started the PL schedule with two wins and a tie. Either a win or a tie would keep BU in the top spot regardless of all other outcomes in the league while a loss would drop the Terriers to as low as fourth place.
A WIN WOULD...
• Avenge the Terrier's only 2014 Patriot League loss, which they suffered last season at Loyola, 1-0.
• Maintain the Terrier's position as the conference leaders.
• Extend BU's unbeaten streak to seven games.
• Keep the Terriers perfect on Nickerson Field this season (4-0-0).
HOME SWEET NICK
• BU is still defending the nation's best active home conference win-streak, which now stands at 31 games. The Terriers have not lost a home conference match since 2007.
• The Terriers are an incredible 144-28-17 on Nickerson Field, all-time. Their few losses include six against ranked opponents and four overtime results.
• BU has had four undefeated seasons on its home turf in 2000, 2006, 2009 and 2011.
• Even more impressive is Boston University's conference record on Nickerson Field, which stands at 68-8-5 going into Saturday. The Terriers have never lost more than two conference games at home in a season, which happened just once in 1996, their first year in the America East Conference.
• BU is currently on a six-game unbeaten streak, dating back to Sept. 11 with a tie at Central Connecticut. The Terriers have gone 4-0-2 in this span.
• The Terriers are undefeated when they score during the first half, which they have done on four occasions. BU is 3-0-1 in these games.
• Senior Clare Pleuler scored the game-winner at Colgate on Wednesday and became the team's leading point-scorer with six on the season (2g, 2a). Both of her goals this season have been game-winners.
• Including Pleuler, four Terriers have two goals on the season. Freshman McKenna Doyle (2g, 1a), sophomore Erin Neville (2g, 0a) and junior Erika Kosienski (2g, 0a) are also multi-goal scorers.
• Junior Rachel Bloznalis earned Defender of the Week recognition last week following wins against Bucknell and Providence. The defense allowed just five shots on net between the two opponents and only one goal. It was Bloznalis' first PL Player of the Week accolade.
SCOUTING LOYOLA MD.
• Loyola enters the game after a 2-1 overtime victory against American on Wednesday night to help the Greyhounds close the month with a 4-1-1 record.
• Senior Rosy Hayes leads the team with six goals and 14 points. She is tied for third among Patriot League competitors in points and goals.
• Graduate student Colleen Folan has been solid in goal for the Greyhounds, posting a 1.62 goals against average and .709 save percentage.
• BU leads the series with Loyola, 2-1-1 and is 1-1-0 since the Terriers joined the Patriot League.
• Last season, the Terriers tallied their only conference loss of the season, 1-0, at Loyola but topped the Greyhounds in their first meeting as PL opponents, 1-0, at Nickerson Field in 2013.
NEXT TIME OUT
• BU stays home for its final non-conference game of the season against cross-town rival Harvard on Tuesday night.
• Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and will be aired live on the Patriot League Network.