W. lacrosse can’t keep up with Terriers’ scoring streaks

Contributing Writer
Friday, March 4, 2011

The women’s lacrosse team (1-1) suffered a 15-8 loss against high-scoring Boston University (1-1) Tuesday at home. Though Bruno got out to an early 2-1 lead, the Terriers responded with the first of two major scoring streaks that put the Bears down in their home opener.

Brown got off to a promising start with an unassisted goal by Danielle Mastro ’14 just 1:37 after the opening faceoff. But the Terriers struck back just 13 seconds later, evening the score at one apiece. After back-and-forth possessions, attacker Julia Keller ’12 scooped up the ball in the crease and assisted Kaela McGilloway ’12 to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.

The Terriers again answered quickly when Sidney Godett scored a free-position goal about a minute later. Godett’s goal sparked a 5-0 scoring run for the Terriers over the next six minutes. McGilloway stopped the bleeding with her second goal of the game, bringing the score to 6-3 with nine minutes remaining in the half.

But BU continued scoring with a 6-0 run that bridged the halftime pause. Bruno finally cut the deficit 10 minutes into the second half after another Mastro goal, bringing the score to 12-4. The Bears tried to claw back into the game with three strikes from tri-captain Paris Waterman ’11 and another from Grace Healy ’14, but the attack was offset by three more BU tallies, bringing the final score to 15-8.

Brown held the advantage in shots taken, recording 35 attempts to the Terriers’ 21.

“I think we needed to finish some opportunities we had nice and early,” said Head Coach Keely McDonald ’00. “It’s great to get 35 shots a game, and we need to finish on those to make the score more even.”

The Bears didn’t help their cause by earning 10 yellow cards in the game. BU capitalized on four free-position shots after penalties committed in the eight-meter crease by Brown.

“Defensively, we had a lot of unfortunate calls that put them on the eight-meter,” said tri-captain Alexa Caldwell ’11. “I think that really put us behind in the first half.”

The Bears will look to build on Tuesday’s performance in their Ivy League opener against Columbia Saturday at 1 p.m.

“Our work ethic, our heart and our hustle for the entire 60 minutes … was extremely positive,” McDonald said.

“We have our first Ivy opener Saturday,” Caldwell added, “so we really just have to take away the positives from this game and just start focusing on that.”

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