Box Score | Polley Postgame Comments
BOSTON - Sophomore Ryan Hilburn recorded a hat trick, but the Boston University men's lacrosse team fell to Army West Point, 15-4, on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.
BU (8-4, 3-3 PL) was unable to overcome a 9-1 halftime deficit as Army West Point (8-3, 5-1 PL) clinched a spot in the Patriot League postseason. The Terriers still control their own destiny in the hunt for a first-ever berth into the conference tournament.
Hilburn has scored three points in each of the last two games thanks in part to five goals in that span. Freshman James Burr also found the back of the net for the Terriers, with sophomore Jack Wilson providing the lone assist of the day for BU. Wilson's helper extended his point streak to 23 games, though his 16-game goal streak came to a close.
Senior Elliott Burr went 12-of-19 at the faceoff X with four ground balls. Junior Greg Wozniak was another bright spot for BU thanks to a career day. He matched his career high with eight ground balls and set a new program record with six caused turnovers, breaking the previous mark of four set by both himself and classmate Dominick Calisto last season.
Calisto and junior Henry Lee each had two caused turnovers, with Lee also collecting two ground balls. Junior Adam Schaal secured three ground balls while freshman Quintin Germain forced a giveaway and also gathered a ground ball. Junior Christian Carson-Banister made seven saves and sophomore Colin MacDougall made one save in the cage.
Army West Point raced out to a 9-0 lead before Hilburn got the Terriers on the board with 1:05 remaining in the first half. BU nearly scored at the buzzer when MacDougall sent a long pass into the Black Knights' zone with five seconds left. Freshman Brendan Homire picked the ball up off the bounce and faked the keeper, but AJ Barretto somehow stopped it as the horn sounded to make one of his eight saves.
Hilburn opened the third quarter with his second strike of the game, but the Black Knights answered with a 4-0 run. Burr made it a 13-3 deficit with 1:39 left in the quarter before Hilburn completed his hat trick halfway through the fourth quarter. Two late Army West Point markers sealed the scoreline, though the Terriers kept battling until the final whistle, peppering the opposing cage with shots in the final two minutes.
The Terriers will hit the road for the final two games of the Patriot League regular season, beginning with a contest at Loyola Maryland on April 16.