March 26, 2014

BU Edges Yale 6-5

Six Saves for McMullan

BOSTON – With a biting wind and frigid temperatures setting the stage for a defensive struggle Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field, the Yale women's lacrosse team fell behind early against BU and was unable to recover. The Terriers went up 4-1 early in the second half, then held on for a 6-5 win. Senior goalkeeper Erin McMullan made six saves, while senior attacker Jen DeVito and freshman attacker Tess McEvoy scored a pair of goals each.

Both teams struggled with turnovers as they adjusted to the cold in the early going, and it took nearly eight minutes for the game's first goal. That one came from BU attacker Elizabeth Morse on a free position at the 22:33 mark. The Terriers then scored again six minutes later on a drive by midfielder Ally Adams.

BU (4-5, 3-0 Patriot League) extended its lead to 3-0 on another free position goal by Morse with 8:05 left in the first. Shortly after Yale called timeout, the Bulldogs got on the board as DeVito fed McEvoy to get the Bulldogs within 3-1 with 4:40 remaining. A save by McMullan on a free position shot by Adams helped keep the score at 3-1 heading into halftime.

The Terriers increased their lead to 4-1 just 46 seconds into the second, as Morse scored again. Shortly after that the Bulldogs came up empty on a pair of free position attempts, leaving them stuck on one goal. But after freshman defender Emily Markham caused a turnover and picked up the ground ball in the midfield, DeVito fed sophomore attacker Nicole Daniggelis in front for a goal that pulled Yale within 4-2.

After BU went ahead 5-2, DeVito created a goal by intercepting a pass in BU territory -- one of nine failed Terrier clears created by Yale's ride -- and then driving in for a free position attempt. Because the foul was on the goalie, DeVito had an empty net to shoot at and quickly bounced the ball in with 14:04 to play.

The Bulldogs then had two possessions where they could have pulled within one -- after winning the draw control and after a save by McMullan -- but both ended in turnovers. The Terriers took advantage of the second one, getting a goal from midfielder Sydney Godett to go ahead 6-3 with eight minutes to play.

With 5:06 to play, junior attacker Kerri Fleishhacker found DeVito in front for goal that pulled Yale within 6-4. But BU attacker Mallory Collins came away with the draw and the Terriers began taking time off the clock.

After McMullan made a save and senior midfielder Julie Mongan got the ground ball with 3:40 to play, the Bulldogs once again had the chance to get within one. But BU keeper Caroline Meegan made a save on a low shot by Fleishhacker, and a Yale turnover in front of the net with 2:30 to play enabled the Terriers to run off most of the final minutes.

After senior midfielder Ashley McCormick caused a turnover and freshman defender Victoria Moore got the ground ball, McEvoy scored on a free position with 24 seconds to play. But the Bulldogs were penalized prior to the draw, and that gave the ball to the Terriers to run out the clock.

Meegan finished with seven saves, and the Bulldogs were hurt by a 2-for-7 performance on free position shots. BU's 9-4 advantage on draw controls marked the first time this season the Bulldogs have lost the draw control battle in a game. Yale did have a season-best 16 caused turnovers, led by four from senior defender Adrienne Tarver. Tarver also had four ground balls, while McEvoy and sophomore defender Flannery Carney had three each.

Yale (5-3, 1-2 Ivy League) hosts Cal on Friday at 1:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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