Terriers Ground Mountain Hawks in Patriot Quarterfinals

BOSTON - Sophomore Jill Horka scored a career-high five goals and freshman Taylor Hardison collected a career-best five points to help lead the third-seeded Boston University lacrosse team to a 14-9 victory over No. 6 Lehigh in the Patriot League quarterfinals on Tuesday at Nickerson Field.

BU (8-9) will face second-seeded Navy on Thursday (April 24) at 7:30 p.m. in a Patriot League semifinal game at Loyola Maryland. The Terriers topped then-No. 14 Navy, 9-8, on March 22.

Horka had a tremendous game as she scored five goals, controlled three draws, caused two turnovers and collected one ground ball. Hardison recorded a personal-best three assists in addition to matching a career high with two goals. Senior Becca Church and junior Lindsay Weiner each tallied twice and added an assist for three-point efforts. Sophomore Jenny Thompson, junior Jenna Boarman and senior Sydney Godett each found the back of the net as well.

Senior Christina Sheridan stopped seven shots, including five in the second half, to preserve the victory. Sheridan and the Terrier defense were particularly terrific in the final 30 minutes, as the senior goalkeeper stopped the first four shots she saw and the defense caused two of Lehigh's eight second-half turnovers.

Horka opened the scoring just 4:02 into the proceedings when she converted a free-position chance. She tallied her second goal of the game with 20:44 remaining in the first half after an extended BU possession. Hardison had the ball at the X and sent it over the cage to Horka at the top of the fan, who then drove to the crease and fired home an unassisted goal.

Following Lehigh's first goal of the contest, Horka completed her hat trick with 16:37 left in the half on a free-position shot. The Mountain Hawks battled back and tied the game with 11:01 remaining in the opening stanza, but BU scored the next three goals as Church, Boarman and Godett all found the back of the net. Hardison had a helper on two of those three goals.

The Mountain Hawks made it a 6-4 BU lead with 5:00 to play in the first half. Fifteen seconds later, Weiner restored the Terriers' three-goal advantage when she took a feed from Hardison and sent a close-range shot past Lehigh's Alex Fitzpatrick. Lehigh responded with the final goal of the half when Julianne D'Orazio scored with 27 seconds on the clock.

The Terriers scored the first three goals of the second half, beginning with Weiner finding Church to make it an 8-5 lead. Horka tallied her fourth marker of the game less than three minutes later, followed by Weiner's second strike of the game with 18:27 to play.

Lehigh countered with a goal to make it 10-6 but Thompson answered right back to keep the Terriers ahead by five. The Mountain Hawks grabbed some momentum with back-to-back goals that cut the BU lead to 11-8 with 10:35 left, but Horka and Hardison scored nine seconds apart to regain a five-goal advantage with 8:46 remaining in regulation.

After Lehigh made it 13-9 with 3:02 left, Hardison finished her record day with a goal to complete the scoring with 42 seconds on the clock.

BU finished with a 27-23 shot advantage over Lehigh while the Mountain Hawks won the ground ball battle, 16-13. The Terriers had a 14-11 edge in draw controls.

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BOSTON - Third-seeded Boston University jumped out to an early lead and Lehigh could never recover. The Terriers advanced to the Patriot League semifinals with a 14-9 win on Tuesday. Junior Kelsey Yenco led Lehigh's offense with her first-career hat trick while junior Carli Sukonik and freshmen Lauren Beausoleil and Allison LaBeau each had a goal and assist.

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2014-04-22



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