Boston University Edges Vermont in Slugfest

BOSTON - Senior Annie Stookesberry's goal with 1:46 remaining in regulation proved to be the game-winner, as Boston University held on for a 16-15 win over Vermont on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

BU (5-4, 1-0 America East) has now won four games in a row and 17 straight against Vermont (6-3, 0-1 America East). Junior Danielle Etrasco led the Terriers with five goals and senior Catie Tilton had seven assists, including six in the first half.

Senior Hannah Frey scored all four of her goals in the first half, with Tilton assisting on all of them. Stookesberry and freshman Mallory Collins potted a pair of goals, while Tilton, senior Molly Swain and freshman Jenna Boarman each found the back of the net as well.

Sophomore Christina Sheridan stopped eight shots to preserve the win. Stookesberry and sophomore Becca Church each gathered a game-high four ground balls, while Etrasco (7) and sophomore Nell Burdis (5) led the Terriers on draw controls.

The Catamounts collected the first goal of the game just 18 seconds into the proceedings, but BU recovered for two quick strikes of its own nearly two minutes later when Collins and Frey lifted the Terriers to a 2-1 lead at the 2:18 mark.

Tilton factored on seven of the Terriers' first eight goals of the game as BU at one point built a 7-4 lead. Despite allowing the first goal of the game, the Terriers never let Vermont gain momentum and held Vermont to only one instance in the first half where the Catamounts scored two consecutive goals.

Vermont notched three of the first four goals in the second half to take an 11-10 lead with 25:33 remaining in regulation. Etrasco then began to take over, as she scored the next two goals to retake the lead.

After Marcie Marino brought the Catamounts back to level terms, Boarman scored her first goal at Nickerson Field to give the Terriers a lead they never relinquished. Etrasco made it 14-12 with 20:20 to play before the defense and goalkeeping each began to play a more prominent role.

Stookesberry gave the Terriers a three-goal cushion with 9:26 left in the stanza, but Vermont scored twice to make it a 15-14 game. Stookesberry then found the back of the net with 1:46 remaining in regulation to regain the two-goal advantage.

Marino scored to cut the Catamounts' deficit to one, but Etrasco controlled the ensuing draw and BU ran out the clock to claim the win.

The Terriers will have a week off before they take the field again. BU will head to UMBC for a Saturday afternoon affair on March 31. Game time is set for 12:00 p.m.

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BOSTON Three different Catamounts recorded five points, but Vermont dropped a 16-15 decision at Boston University in the America East opener for both teams in women's lacrosse action at Nickerson Field.

Sophomore Marcie Marino scored five times and Sydney Mas and Adison Rounds each added five points to lead UVM. Mas netted four goals and added an assist, while Rounds chipped in a hat trick and two helpers.

Reigning America East Player of the Year Danielle Etrasco's five goals led the Terriers. Teammate Catie Tilton added seven assists.

"I was proud of the heart we showed today," said Vermont head coach Jen Johnson. "Unfortunately BU got the upper hand over us on 50/50 balls and possession. Those two things were the difference in the game today."

The Terriers held a 9-6 lead after a goal by Molly Swain with 2:18 remaining in the first half. Vermont answered with consecutive goals from Marino and Mas in the final 2:08 of the frame to slice the lead to one, 9-8, at halftime.

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