Harvard Cruises Past Crosstown Rival Boston University

BOSTON - Boston University garnered goals from four different players as it fell to crosstown rival Harvard, 16-6, at Nickerson Field on Wednesday evening. The Terriers dropped their fourth straight game and fell to 6-8 with the loss.

Harvard, which jumped out to a 5-0 lead, grabbed a 10-3 advantage after the first half. BU opened the second stanza on a 3-1 run to make it an 11-6 contest, but the Crimson closed the game with five straight markers.

Senior Rachel Collins and sophomore Danielle Etrasco, who was named America East Player of the Game, registered a pair of goals each, while junior Catie Tilton collected two assists. Etrasco also notched a team-high four draw controls and added one ground ball and a caused turnover.

Freshman goalkeeper Christina Sheridan, who also played the entire second half, started for the Terriers and allowed the first five goals. Sophomore Kim Elsworth played the remaining 15:38 of the opening stanza and made one save.

BU held a 13-11 advantage in draw controls, but the Crimson (8-4) dominated ground balls, 18-8, and caused turnovers, 13-8. The Terriers were 9 for 9 on clears and 0 for 3 on free-position shots, while Harvard finished 17 for 20 and 3 for 5, respectively.

The Crimson took a 5-0 lead in the first 14:22 of the game. After Danielle Tetreault's third marker gave Harvard the five-goal advantage, junior Hannah Frey put the Terriers on the scoreboard with 15:04 left in the half. From behind the cage, Tilton fed Frey, who was streaking toward the net.

Harvard answered with four markers, including two from Jess Halpern, in a 6:39 span as it grabbed a 9-1 lead. BU answered when Etrasco collected the ensuing draw and cut down the middle of the field before sending a shot to the back of the net.

With 2:08 left in the half, Collins brought the Terriers to within six goals after collecting a ground ball in front of the Harvard cage and shooting the ball high.

The Crimson added a marker late in the first and another tally less than three minutes into the final stanza, but the Terriers responded with three straight goals to make it an 11-6 game.

From behind the net, Tilton and Collins connected at 9:57 of the second. With 16:49 remaining, Etrasco scored after driving through the Crimson defense and, 5:54 later, freshman Elizabeth Morse tallied from the middle of the circle.

Harvard ended the game on a 5-0 run in the final 10:25 to account for the 16-6 final.

The Terriers will return to conference action on Saturday (April 23) when they visit Stony Brook. Opening draw is set at 1:00 p.m.

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BOSTON, Mass. Harvard turned a 10-3 halftime lead into a 16-6 win over Boston University Wednesday night at Nickerson Field. The Crimson (8-4) had eight different players find the back of the net and snapped a six-game losing streak against the Terriers in its first win over its closest neighbor since 1994.

Danielle Tetreault led the Crimson with four goals and an assist. Jess Halpern scored a hat trick, while Jennifer VanderMeulen, Melanie Baskind and Isabelle Clarke added two tallies. Ellen Gleason, Chelsey Newman and Tyler Petropulos also found the back of the net. Baskind won a team-high four draw controls, while Lauren Tominkson caused a career-high four turnovers and Mariah Pewarski picked up four ground balls.

The Crimson scored early and often in the opening minutes of the game cruising out to a 5-0 lead after 14 minutes of play. Harvard score four more over the next 10 minutes to take a 9-1 lead. Boston University put in two straight scores before Tetreault found VanderMeulen with 38 seconds left to close out the half.

BU pulled to within 11-6 after 20 minutes of action in the second session. The Crimson responded by scoring the next five tallies of the game and shutting down the Terrier offense over the final 10 minutes of the game.

The Crimson scooped up 18 ground balls, 10 more than BU. Harvard outshot the Terriers 27-17. Kerry Clark made four saves in the cage.

Harvard hosts Columbia, the winner of three straight, Saturday in its home finale and Senior Day. First draw is slated for 1:00 p.m.


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