April 16, 2015
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The Boston University men's lacrosse team will have a chance to clinch a berth in the Patriot League postseason in Friday night when the Terriers host Holy Cross at Nickerson Field. Game time is set for 7 p.m.
Friday's game is free to all BU students, faculty and staff with an ID. There will also be free Raising Canes for anyone in attendance.
Prior to the game, family of Lingzi Lu, who was tragically killed in the attack at the 2013 Boston Marathon, will be honored. The Terriers have sold shirts all week with all proceeds going to the Lingzi Foundation. Any additional shirts will be sold at Friday's game.
In addition, senior Evan Herron's collegiate career will be celebrated during a pregame ceremony. A native of Simsbury, Connecticut, Herron spent two seasons on the club team before joining the Terriers in 2014. He will graduate in May with a degree in finance.
BU (6-6, 3-4 PL) will earn its first-ever playoff spot with a win over Holy Cross (5-7, 2-5 PL). The Terriers control their own postseason destiny and will either be the fifth seed or the sixth seed with a victory on Friday. Should BU win, it will travel to either Army, Bucknell or Colgate for an April 21 quarterfinal contest.
Despite losing four straight games, the Terriers have been just shy of a victory over their last two tilts. BU played strong defense in the second half of its 8-6 loss against Loyola on Saturday, holding the Greyhounds scoreless for the final 27:38 of the contest. Loyola attempted just two shots in the fourth quarter and BU only turned the ball over once in the final 15 minutes.
In addition to the strong defensive effort, sophomore goalkeeper Christian Carson-Banister has been sharp in his two games back following an injury. He leads the Patriot League and is eighth in the country with a save percentage of .572. Carson-Banister is also second in the Patriot League in goals-against average (8.18).
Holy Cross is 2-5 this year in the Patriot League but has lost four in a row within the conference. It also enters Friday on a three-game losing streak overall. The Crusaders' two wins were against then-No. 9 Army and then-No. 8 Loyola Maryland.
Junior Sean Wilkinson and sophomore Kevin Lux are tied for the team lead in goals (19) and Wilkinson also leads the squad in assists (18) and points (37). Five different players have at least 10 goals, though the team averages just nine per game. Junior Michael Ortlieb has played every minute in the cage this year for Holy Cross, posting a 12.00 goals-against average and a .448 save percentage.