Feb. 11, 2016
The Boston University men's lacrosse team will host UMass Lowell on Friday afternoon at Nickerson Field in the first game of a lacrosse doubleheader that is set to begin at noon.
Following the Terriers' tilt against the River Hawks, the women's lacrosse team will host its season opener against Boston College at 3 p.m. Friday's fixture was originally scheduled for Saturday, but expected cold temperatures pushed the game back a day.
With a number of athletic events on campus this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 12-13), fans are advised that there will be heavy traffic around the Babcock St./Langsam Garage (beneath New Balance Field) area and should be prepared to seek alternate parking options.
Fans are requested to arrive early for any events this weekend. Fans are instructed to use the lot and garage located at 808 Commonwealth Avenue (map) which will be open for anyone attending any events this weekend.
BU began its season this past Saturday with a 9-5 win over Providence. Seven different Terriers found the back of the net, led by sophomore Jack Wilson and freshman James Burr. Wilson and Burr each had two goals and an assist for three points. In addition, the Terrier defense held Providence to 11 shots on goal and just 19 total attempts; the 11 shots on goal against is a program record.
Junior Sam Talkow was named Patriot League Faceoff Specialist of the Week after he won 16 of the 18 faceoffs he took against Providence and gathered a game-high 12 ground balls. The Delray Beach, Florida, native also tallied a goal and an assist in the win. His faceoff percentage of .889 was best in the NCAA this past weekend. Talkow will have a chance for similar numbers on Friday, as the second-year River Hawks won just 21.6 percent of their faceoffs last season.
UMass Lowell returns 20 letter winners from its inaugural season and also has 19 newcomers on this year's roster. The River Hawks went 1-13 in 2015, with the lone win coming against fellow newcomer NJIT.
Jon Phillips led UML in points (28) and assists (14) while tying for the team lead in goals (14) with Sean Tyrrell. Four other River Hawks had over 10 points last year, including Sam Klingsporn and Cory Highfield, who each scored 10 goals.
Five different goalkeepers played for UMass Lowell last year, with all five appearing in at least four games. Giles Ober started 11 games and finished with a 14.64 goals-against average and .445 save percentage. Alex Desmarais saw over 250 minutes of action and posted a 15.92 GAA and .538 save percentage.
The Terriers will play their first road game of the season on Tuesday, Feb. 16, when they trek to North Carolina to face High Point.