Boston University Rallies in Second Half To Defeat Women's Lacrosse, 12-11

Boston University rallied from a seven-goal deficit in the second half and defeated UMBC, 12-11, in an America East Conference contest played at UMBC Stadium.

The Terriers won their fifth consecutive contest and improved to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in league play, while UMBC (4-6, 1-1) failed for the fourth time this season to win back-to-back contests.

Reigning league Player-of-the-Year Danielle Etrasco led the rally, scoring four goals and adding two assists and was the America East Player of the Game for the visitors. UMBC sophomore Kristen Bilney (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) scored a career-high four goals and earned the honor for the Retrievers.

Leading 7-4 at the half, UMBC scored the first four goals of the second half and built an 11-4 advantage after goal on a rebound shot by senior Emily Coady (Westminster,Md./Westminster) with 18:11 remaining. The Retrievers won the ensuing draw and, even after the Terriers scored at the 16:28 mark, UMBC had two missed shots to reply, giving the visitors a chance to take control.

Etrasco scored back-to-back goals within a 49-second span and brought her side to within 11-7 with 11:16 to play. The Terriers took advantage of a UMBC turnover and trimmed the deficit to 11-8 with 9:29 to play, then won the next three draws and scored each time to draw even at 11-11. Terrier freshman attacker Mallory Collins converted a Catie Tilton feed to get the game tied with 5:18 to play.

UMBC would win the ensuing draw, and after an exchange of turnovers, Retriever senior midfielder Alicia Krause (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) received a yellow card for a dangerous shot, giving the visitors a man advantage with 2:30 remaining. Boston capitalized, as senior midfielder Annie Stookesberry converted a feed from Collins with 1:36 to play.

The Retrievers were unable to get an offensive possession in the waning moments of the game.

Bilney, who scored three times vs. Albany last week, had a five-point day with four scores and a helper. Krause and junior midfielder Lindsay Cox (High Bridge, N.J.) each had a pair of goals, while freshman attacker Abby Wilson (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) had a goal and two assists for the Retrievers.

After the Terriers opened the scoring 1:55 into the game, UMBC reeled off five consecutive goals and opened up a 5-1 margin before settling for 7-4 halftime advantage.

Boston U. outshot UMBC, 29-24 and each squad converted 1-of-3 on free position attempts. Retriever junior netminder Kendall Mason (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) got the start and took the loss, making six saves and allowing six goals in nearly 38 minutes of action. Freshman Anna Barnett (Midland, Texas) opened the second half for UMBC, and made four saves, while allowing six goals in 22 minutes of work.

In their last meeting, UMBC had defeated Boston U. by the identical 12-11 score at the 2011 America East semifinals.

The Retrievers have a pair of road league contests next week, starting with an April 4 evening game at Stony Brook.