Boston University Picks up Senior Day Win over Canisius

BOSTON Paced by four goals and two assists from junior Danielle Etrasco and a 15-save performance from sophomore Christina Sheridan (Ellicott City, Md.), Boston University defeated Canisius, 11-6, on Sunday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

BU (10-5, 5-0 America East) concluded the home portion of its regular-season schedule with its fifth triumph of the year at Nickerson. The Terriers also honored their six seniors before the game.

Sheridan's 15 saves are a career high and helped earn her America East Player of the Game honors. The Ellicott City, Md., native made 10 of her saves in the second half. She previously recorded 12 saves at Notre Dame on March 15, 2011.

Etrasco's six points led the Terriers' offense. Senior Hannah Frey potted two goals and senior Catie Tilton had a goal and two assists. Junior Kristen Mogavero had a goal and an assist, while freshman Mallory Collins, freshman Kelsey Marafioti (Canandaigua, N.Y.) and senior Annie Stookesberry also found the back of the net. Marafioti's marker was her first collegiate goal.

Defensively, sophomore Sydney Godett caused two turnovers, gathered two ground balls, and controlled three draws. Sophomore Elizabeth Morse led BU with four draw controls. Sheridan and senior Molly Swain each picked up a pair of ground balls.

The Terriers dominated the draws, as BU controlled 13 draws to just five for Canisius. BU controlled all seven draws in the second half.

The game remained scoreless for the first 5:57 of the contest until Etrasco broke through to give BU a 1-0 lead. Canisius (8-8, 4-2 MAAC) responded less than two minutes later when Carly Quinn scored. Collins regained the lead for BU just 49 seconds later after making a strong move to the net. However, Quinn once again brought the Golden Griffins back to level terms with a goal at the 9:55 mark of the contest.

That was as close as Canisius came, as BU erupted for four straight goals to build a 6-2 lead. Etrasco factored on all four of the goals, as she converted a free position shot before she assisted on a Tilton tally and a Frey goal. She then completed the streak with another goal thanks to a Tilton feed.

Canisius scored twice to make it a 6-4 game at halftime. BU got the two goals back, however, to begin the second half when Etrasco and Mogavero each scored, with Mogavero's tally coming while the Terriers were a man down.

The Golden Griffins got a goal back with 19:50 left to play, but the Terrier defense was spectacular following that goal, as they did well to keep Canisius off the board for the next 13:29. Marafioti's first collegiate goal came with 10:07 remaining in regulation to give BU a 9-5 lead.

Megan Oosting scored to cut the BU lead to 9-6 with 6:21 to play, but the Terriers finished the game without another blemish, as Frey and Stookesberry each scored to seal the victory.

BU will be back in action on Saturday (April 28) when the Terriers travel to Binghamton for the final game of the regular season. Opening draw is slated for 12:00 p.m.

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A strong defensive effort led host Boston University to an 11-6 victory over Canisius College on Sunday afternoon. The Griffs finish the regular season with an 8-8 mark, while the Terriers improve to 10-5 in 2012 with the win.

BU took advantage of strong play in the draw circle and in net to earn the victory. The Terriers won the draw-control battle, 13-5, on the afternoon, which includes a 7-0 edge in the second stanza. In addition, Christina Sheridan anchored BU's defense with 15 saves the most by a Griff opponent since March 10, 2010.

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