Terriers Visit MAAC Champion Fairfield Saturday

Terriers Visit MAAC Champion Fairfield Saturday

Feb. 19, 2016

 Women's Lacrosse (0-1) vs. Fairfield (1-0)
Date Saturday, Feb. 20 | 3 p.m.
Venue Rafferty Field | Fairfield, Conn.
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SATURDAY'S GAME
• BU travels to Fairfield to take on the reigning MAAC Champion Stags for the first time in program history.
• The Terriers and Stags will assemble for opening draw on Rafferty Field at 3 p.m. following the Fairfield men, who play Bucknell as the first game in a doubleheader.

THE HUNT FOR 100
• Head coach Liz Robertshaw is one win away from her 100th career victory.
• All 99 of her current wins have come at the helm of the Terriers, which she has led to a 99-69 (.593) record throughout her first nine years at BU. With the loss to BC to start the season, her career record stands at 99-69 (.589).
• Robertshaw is not only the winningest coach in BU history, she is also the longest tenured. Sally Starr, who is still the current BU field hockey head coach, is the second-longest standing women's lacrosse head coach, heading up the program for its first eight seasons (1980-87).

HORKA IN THE RECORD BOOKS
• Originally cracking the top-10 in career draw controls against Lehigh on April 4, 2015, junior Jill Horka has moved up to fourth all-time with 145 career grabs.
• During the Patriot League Quarterfinal, also against the Mountain Hawks, Horka etched her name in the BU record book again, setting a new season standard of 60 draw controls. She increased that tally to 68, the new BU season record.
• The top-four in career draw controls stands at:
1. Sarah Dalton -- 191 ('06-09)
2. Lauren Morton -- 182 ('05-08)
3. Danielle Etrasco -- 157 ('10-13)
4. Jill Horka -- 145 ('13-16)

SCOUTING THE STAGS
• Fairfield enters the season as the reigning MAAC Champions. They earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament where they fell to quarterfinalist Princeton in the First Round.
• The Stags won their first game of the season, defeating LIU Brooklyn, 16-10 last Monday.
• Alex Fehmel and Riley Hellstein each had career days against LIU, as Fehmel tallied a personal-best six goals and seven points while Hellstein also added a career-high six goals and grabbed eight draw controls, which matched the Fairfield single-game record.

TERRIER TIDBITS
• After making it to the PL Championship semifinal round last season, the Terriers were again picked to finish third in the conference this season. BU was a No. 4 seed in the tournament with the 4th-best regular season record (5-3).
• The Terriers return six of BU's seven top-scorers including Mallory Collins, who led the team with 40 points (38g, 2a) last season.
• All seven seniors were picked as captains this season after deciding as a class that they all wanted to take on a leadership role.

ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS
• BU was picked to finish third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll. In the same announcement, Jill Horka and Mallory Collins were named to the Preseason All-PL team.
• Five Terriers were honored with All-Patriot League accolades last season.
• Jill Horka was the lone BU player named to the All-PL First Team while Mallory Collins, Caroline Meegan and Siobhan McCarthy earned spots on the second team. Horka was also named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team at the start of the season.
• Meegan and Horka each earned spots on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Horka posted five goals and 10 draw controls during the two games of the PL tournament while Meegan made 17 saves.
• Taylor Hardison was one of 12 women's lacrosse student-athletes named to the Academic All-Patriot League team, which represented eight member schools.

CHALLENGING SLATE
• Headlined by five NCAA Tournament teams, the Terriers will play 16 regular season contests including eight at home on Nickerson Field.
• Three BU opponents were ranked in the top-25 in the first poll of the 2016 season including No. 9/11 Boston College, No. 13/12 Loyola Maryland and No. 17 Johns Hopkins, all of whom earned spots in the NCAA Tournament last year.
• The Terriers begin their season against three-straight NCAA Tournament teams, BC, Fairfield and Massachusetts.
• Loyola had the most success in the NCAA Tournament out of all of BU's opponents, making it as far as the quarterfinal round before falling to Syracuse.

PATRIOT LEAGUE PRESEASON POLL
1. Loyola, 162 points (18 first-place votes)
2. Navy, 144 (2)
3. Boston University, 122
4. Colgate, 118
5. Lehigh, 104
6. Holy Cross, 72
7. Lafayette, 56
8. American, 53
9. Army West Point, 38
10. Bucknell, 31

PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE TEAM
Attack: Mallory Collins, Boston University (Sr.)
Attack: Katie Gallagher, Navy (Sr.)
Attack: Allison LaBeau, Lehigh (Jr.)
Attack: Kirsten Wilhelmsen, Lafayette (Jr.)
Midfield: Jenna Collins, Navy (So.)
Midfield: Kendall Garden, Lehigh (Sr.)
Midfield: Jill Horka, Boston University (Sr.)
Midfield: Haley O'Hanlon, Colgate (So.)
Defense: Maddy Lesher, Loyola (Sr.)
Defense: Bailey Mathis, Loyola (Jr.)
Defense: Lizzy Rullan, Navy (Sr.)
Goalkeeper: Molly Wolf, Loyola (Sr.)

THE ROBERTSHAW FILE
• Liz Robertshaw is in her 10th season as head coach of BU after serving as BU's top assistant for 3 years.
• The Swarthmore, Pa., native has compiled a 99-68 (.593) record at BU and a 44-14 (.759) mark in conference play.
• She has guided BU to three undefeated America East seasons (2008, 2009, 2012) and captured the AE championship in each of her first four years.
• Robertshaw has coached 28 All-American and All-Region members and 53 All-Conference recipients.

2015 SEASON RECAP
• The Terriers finished 2015 with a n 8-10 overall record and 5-3 mark in Patriot League contests.
• BU finished fourth in the regular season PL standings to earn the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Terriers hosted Lehigh in the first round and advanced to the semifinal with an 8-7 win over the Mountain Hawks.
• Loyola Md. put an end to their postseason, however, as the Patriot League Regular Season Champion took an 18-7 win over the Terriers in the PL Semifinal.
• BU played two ranked opponents last season, Boston College and Loyola Maryland.

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