March 6, 2015
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The Boston University men's lacrosse team will conclude its four-game road trip on Saturday when the Terriers travel to Hamilton, New York, to face No. 18 Colgate. Game time is set for 2 p.m.
BU improved its record to 3-2 with a 15-7 win over Vermont last weekend. Freshman Jack Wilson scored a record six goals, sophomore Cal Dearth added a record five assists, and both players produced a program-record seven points. The duo combined for a pair of weekly awards, as Wilson was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week and Dearth was chosen as Inside Lacrosse Player of the Week.
While the offense garnered most of the headlines, the Terrier defense had another terrific game in what has been a turnaround campaign. BU has allowed 10 goals just once in 2015, and that was in a 10-9 loss at then-No. 19 Lehigh on Feb. 21. BU ranks 11th in the country in scoring defense, allowing an average of just 7.80 goals per game. Through five games last season, the Terriers have given up 11.8 goals per game.
Sophomore Christian Carson-Banister has been terrific between the pipes for BU. He ranks first in the Patriot League and sixth in the NCAA with a save percentage of .602. His goals-against average of 7.60 is 10th in the country and is also third in the Patriot League.
Colgate is ranked 18th after beginning the season 4-0. The Raiders were supposed to play Hobart on Tuesday but the game was cancelled. Their last game was on Saturday when they defeated Bucknell, 10-8, on the road.
Senior Ryan Walsh, who was named to the initial Tewaaraton Award Watch List, is tied for the team lead in both goals (8) and points (14). Freshman Anthony Abbadessa also has eight goals while senior Matt Clarkson leads the team with 11 assists and also has 14 points.
Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year Brandon Burke owns an 8.09 goals-against average and a .527 save percentage, but the sophomore goaltender injured himself early in the first quarter at Bucknell. Junior Jake Danehy took over and picked up his first career victory, making seven saves, six of which came in the second half.
The Terriers will return to Nickerson Field next Saturday (March 14) when they host Lafayette at 1 p.m.