Mass. College Lax: BU Wins First-Ever Victory, Tops Lafayette 12-7
Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s yesterday’s release about the men’s lacrosse team winning its first-ever varsity contests against Lafayette:
EASTON, Pa. – The Boston University men’s lacrosse team made history on Saturday afternoon as the Terriers defeated Lafayette, 12-7, for the program’s first-ever victory at Fisher Stadium. By scoring a program-high 12 goals, the Terriers move to 1-6 in their inaugural season with a 1-2 mark in Patriot League play.
BU jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney led the Terriers with four goals while freshmen Adam Schaal and Cal Dearth each posted two goals and three assists.
Sophomore Sammy Davis and freshman Ryan Johnston added a goal and an assist apiece while freshmen Chad Bell and Clay Phillips also found the back of the net.
Freshman Christian Carson-Banister made nine saves between the pipes for BU to earn his first career victory.
The Terriers scored the first five goals of the game, including four in the opening period, while keeping the Leopards off the board until the 8:33 mark of the second quarter. Tenney pushed BU’s lead to 6-1 with his second goal of the game following an assist from freshman Eli Morrissey with 2:32 left in the opening half. BU had a chance to extend its lead before the break with shots from Johnston and Tenney, but the Terriers took the 6-1 advantage into halftime.
The Leopards opened the third period with three unanswered goals to cut BU’s lead to 6-4 with 13:07 to play in the period. After a BU timeout, Davis found the back of the net with an assist from Dearth to push BU’s advantage to 7-4 with 11:32 to play in the third.
About three minutes later, Bell scored his first collegiate goal to double BU’s lead, 8-4. Lafayette responded with a tally from Cory Scheuerle with 6:53 on the clock for the final goal of the third quarter.
Lafayette took advantage of a man-up opportunity and scored 34 seconds into the final period to make it a two-goal game, 8-6. After about 10 minutes of back-and-forth action, Dearth scored his second goal of the afternoon to give the Terriers a three-goal advantage, 9-6, with 4:11 remaining.
Sonny Round kept the Leopards within striking distance with a goal at the 2:56 mark but the Terriers won the ensuing faceoff and Tenney scored 14 seconds later to make it a 10-7 game. BU added two more unanswered goals to secure the 12-7 victory.
Lafayette outshot BU, 35-33, while the teams were even in ground balls (28-28) and turnovers (15-15). Freshman Sam Talkow won 14-of-22 faceoffs for the Terriers.
BU returns to action next Saturday (March 22) when the Terriers travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Bucknell in Patriot League action. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.