Second-Half Surge Lifts BU to Victory against UMBC

BOSTON - Tied 5-5 after the first half, the Boston University lacrosse team scored eight second-half goals en route to a 13-9 victory against UMBC at Nickerson Field on Saturday afternoon. The Terriers, who won their third straight game, improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

Sophomore Danielle Etrasco, who was named America East Player of the Game, paced BU with six points (5g, 1a). Junior Molly Swain tallied a career-high four goals, all in the second half, while classmate Hannah Frey collected three points (1g, 2a).

Senior Corcoran Downey registered game highs in both ground balls (4) and caused turnovers (3), while freshman goalkeeper Christina Sheridan improved to 5-2 with four saves.

The Terriers dominated UMBC in draw controls, 17-7, but were edged in ground balls by a 15-13 margin. BU was 11 for 14 on clears, while the Retrievers were 10 for 16 as they fell to 7-4 (1-1 AE).

In the first half, the Terriers took a 3-0 lead before UMBC scored four straight markers. Just 1:42 into the game, Frey collected junior Catie Tilton's pass from behind the net and sent the ball past UMBC goalkeeper Natalie Rau, who turned aside five shots.

Senior Erica Baumgartner made it a 2-0 game less than three minutes later when she collected Etrasco's pass and came out from behind the cage for the goal. After Sheridan made a save, Downey collected the ground ball and raced down the field before scoring with 21:14 left in the stanza.

The Retrievers answered with four markers in an 11:08 span as they took a 4-3 advantage. Erika Braerman scored the first two UMBC goals, including one on a free-position shot, before Ashley Stodter and Emily Coady added markers.

Etrasco tied the game, 4-4, after taking the ensuing draw down the field and scoring. She then gave the Terriers a 5-4 lead with 2:13 left in the half. UMBC's Amanda Pappas evened the game with a free-position goal with 12 seconds left in the stanza.

Madi Bell gave the Retrievers an early 6-5 lead in the second, but the Terriers went on a 6-1 run to take an 11-7 advantage. Frey set up Etrasco's goal at 4:16 and then Swain tallied her first of the game 1:38 later.

UMBC inched closer with Lindsay Cox's free-position goal with 13:29 left, but Etrasco and Swain answered with two goals each. Etrasco scored with 11:53 left to give BU an 8-7 lead and then was the beneficiary of Frey's great individual effort. After splitting a pair of UMBC defenders, Frey fed Etrasco, who scored.

Swain then tallied twice, the second on a free-position shot with 3:50 left, to give BU an 11-7 advantage. Stodter and Cox scored for UMBC in a 36-second span to make it an 11-9 game, but Swain and senior Rachel Collins added markers at 28:15 and 28:46, respectively, to account for the 13-9 final.

The Terriers will return to action on Wednesday (April 6) when they travel to New Hampshire. Game time is set at 4:00 p.m.

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BOSTON-With the score tied at 5-5 at halftime, defending America East champion Boston University (6-4, 2-0 AE) outscored UMBC (7-4, 1-1 AE), 8-4, in the second period and defeated the Retrievers, 13-9, Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field in a rematch of the 2010 league title game.

The Terriers scored the first three goals of the game, but UMBC senior attack Erika Braerman (Fallston, Md./Fallston) tallied twice in 77 seconds, sparking a 4-0 Retriever run. BU regained a 5-4 lead with back-to-back goals by Danielle Etrasco, but a tally by UMBC senior midfielder Amanda Pappas (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) with 12 seconds remaining in the half sent the teams into the break knotted at 5-5.

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