A quick start for the BU Terriers put the Bulldogs in a hole early in yesterday’s matchup between the women’s lacrosse teams, and Yale could not recover.
The Bulldogs (5–3, 1–2 Ivy) dropped their third straight game yesterday against Boston University (4–5, 3–0 Patriot League) by a score of 6–5 at Nickerson Field. The first three goals came from the Terriers and put Yale down by three with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
“I think today the defense played an amazing game,” attacker Nicole Daniggelis ’16 said. “We struggled on offense and just really need to get back to how we were playing in the begining of the season.”
Just 7:27 into the first half, BU attacker Elizabeth Morse fired a shot past Erin McMullan ’14. Ally Adams followed with another goal six minutes later to make it 2–0, and Morse scored again with eight minutes left to make it 3–0. Finally, the Bulldogs were able to break down the barrier with 4:40 left in the first half when attackman Tess McEvoy ’17 got a pass from Jen DeVito ’14 and shot it past BU’s Caroline Meegan, putting the Elis on the scoreboard before the half.
While Yale and BU both had 13 turnovers apiece in the first half, Yale fell behind the Terriers in ground balls, faceoffs, saves and shots on goal.
Though the Bulldogs came out lagging behind the Terriers, they improved in the second half, outshooting and outscoring their opponents. Shots in the second half were 12–10 in Yale’s favor, and the Elis were able to capitalize on four of those opportunities while the Terriers finished just three chances.
In the second half, BU and Yale traded blows three times, going tit-for-tat until Yale was down 6–4.
The Terriers came out with a purpose in the second half, making it 4–1 just 46 seconds in when Morse scored her third goal of the game.
Yale responded just over seven minutes later when Daniggelis scored on another assist from DeVito. Five minutes later, Mallory Collins made it 5–2 in BU’s favor but in another three minutes DeVito struck back to make it 5–3.
With just over five minutes remaining, Yale was down by three, 6–3.
DeVito scored her second goal of the game with 5:06 remaining and McEvoy had a last-ditch effort that brought the score to 6–5 with 24 seconds remaining, but it was not enough to equalize with the Terriers.
Throughout the contest, the Bulldogs took slightly more fouls with 12 in the first half and 19 in the second half for a total foul balance of 31–24.
“We have to start making the team performance more cohesive to break this losing streak,” defender Kate Walker ’16 said. “We have some of the most talented individuals in the league. We’ve seen the defense have outstanding games and we’ve also seen the attack put on a real show in certain games. But in order to win we have to combine both the individual performances and the unit performances.”
The Bulldogs completed the first of their three games in five days yesterday and will next host Cal State Fullerton at home on Friday followed by Lehigh on Sunday.