Boston University Stuns No. 19/14 Women's Lacrosse, 9-8
March 22, 2014
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Patriot League newcomer Boston University defeated No. 19/14 Navy women’s lacrosse, 9-8, Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. With the loss, Navy’s 15-game Patriot League winning streak was snapped and fell to 3-1 in the league while the Terriers improved to 3-0.
“Give a lot of credit to a very resilient Boston University team,” head coach Cindy Timchal said. “Today was not our day. We need to put this past us and get ready for Colgate.”
Navy (9-1, 3-1 Patriot League) won almost every statistical category. The Mids held advantages in shots, 26-15, ground balls, 17-11, draw controls, 14-5, and turnovers, 15-16. Boston University (3-5, 3-0 Patriot League) however won the most crucial stats, which were free-position shots, 4-of-6 to 2-of-10 and saves, 10-3.
“It was not our day on the eight-meter, especially having 10 opportunities and only converting on two of them,” Timchal said. “Those failed opportunities at the eight-meter were definitely a key to BU coming out with the one-goal victory.”
Neither team was able to gain a firm grasp of the lead during the first half with the score knotted 5-5 after 30 minutes.
Navy opened the contest with a goal from sophomore Katie Gallagher (Bel Air, Md.) six seconds in. The goal resulted from a stoppage of play immediately after the draw control. Sophomore Lizzy Rullan (East Setauket, N.Y.) was awarded the draw control and launched a long pass to the eight-meter mark that reached Gallagher’s stick. Gallagher took control of the pass, slashed past a BU defender and beat the goalie.
Gallagher’s opening goal, six seconds in, is the fastest goal to begin a game in NCAA history. The goal breaks the previous mark of seven seconds, which was achieved by Navy’s Danielle Vivonetto against Davidson on April 4, 2009.
Senior co-captain Jill Coughlin (Annapolis, Md.) followed with two goals of her own to extend the Mids lead, 3-1, with 23:06 left in the half. BU responded with a 4-2 run in the final 20 minutes of the half, which included a crucial free-position chance that was converted by Mallory Collins with one second remaining.
The Terriers began the second half with a 3-0 run in the first 11:57 to grab the largest lead of the game, 8-5. BU’s Sydney Godett and Becca Church scored two quick goals in the first 5:39. Collins then tallied her second goal of the game at the end of the run.
Navy freshmen Morgan Young (Baltimore, Md.) and Kaitlan Moynihan (Bel Air, Md.) responded with back-to-back goals in a span of 1:41 to cut the deficit to one, 8-7, with 16:45 remaining in the contest.
BU’s Jill Horka however scored her second goal of the game two minutes and 50 seconds later that would be the eventual game winner to end Navy’s streak of 15-straight league wins.
Navy tallied seven different goal scorers in the game. Coughlin paced the offense with two goals. Loren Generi (Bayport, N.Y.) recorded a game-high seven draw controls.
Mids goalkeeper Annie Foky (Charlottesville, Va.) tallied three saves on 12 chances and a game-best six ground balls. BU goalie Caroline Meegan recorded 10 saves on 18 chances for her third win of the season.
Navy will look ahead to Colgate on Saturday, March 29 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Opening draw is set for 12 noon.