March 3, 2010

#12 Boston University Erases 4-3 Halftime Deficit with Six-Goal Run in Second Half

BOSTON, MA - Trailing, 4-3, at the start of the second half, 12th-ranked Boston University (2-0) reeled off six straight goals, including three in the first 5:24 of the half, to earn a 9-5 victory over the Brown women's lacrosse team (1-1) on Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

The Bears played solid team defense in the first 30 minutes, forcing the Terriers to be patient with the ball while on offense, while also eating up a lot of the clock. Despite taking 17 shots in the first half, BU was held to just three goals due to Brown's tenacious defense combined with sophomore Isabel Harvey's (Baltimore, MD) seven saves.

After scoring the game's first goal 7:33 in to go up, BU was held off the scoreboard over the next 10 minutes, while a pair of Brown goals gave the Bears a 2-1 lead. Junior Paris Waterman (Newark, DE) tied the score at 1-1, connecting on a free position attempt at 19:44, while senior Bethany Buzzell (Middletown, MD) capitalized on a BU turnover to give Brown a 2-1 lead midway through the half.

After a pair of Terrier goals at 12:11 and 4:03 made it 3-2 in favor of the home team, the Bears scored twice in the final minute of play to take a 4-3 lead after one period of play. Senior Kara Kelly (Garden City, NY) tied the score with her third goal of the year with 1:03 remaining, while junior Alexa Caldwell (Middletown, DE) scored 47 seconds later to give Brown the lead.

In what was a tale of two halves, BU struck just 55 seconds after the break to knot the score at 4-4 Hannah Frey and Traci Landy scored back-to-back goals less than a minute apart roughly five minutes into the half, and the Terriers never trailed again.

Both teams were held off the scoreboard over the next 12:40, but Frey ended the drought with a pair of goals at 11:56 and 11:13 to make it an 8-4 game. Xan Weitzel capped the six-goal run for BU, scoring with 7:49 remaining, while sophomore Kaela McGilloway (Sea Cliff, NY) put away a feed from Waterman with 2:46 left to account for the 9-5 final.

Defensively, Brown was led by Kelly, who had five ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers, while freshman Sidney Jacobs (Blue Bell, PA) had three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Harvey finished the game with nine saves. BU's Rachel Klein, who did not make any saves in the first, helped solidify the Terriers' win with five second-half saves.

Brown will look to rebound this Sunday when it returns home to host Quinnipiac in a 1:00 p.m. non-league game.

Pictured: Paris Waterman ’11. Photo by DSPics.net.