After a difficult streak of losses on the road, the Yale women’s lacrosse team returned home to Reese Stadium to take down Boston University.
The Bulldogs (5–5, 1–2 Ivy) snapped a two-game losing streak Wednesday afternoon with a 14–6 win against the Terriers (4–5, 2–1 Patriot League), shutting down Boston in the second half. The Elis will remain in Connecticut to take on offensive force San Diego State University this upcoming weekend in an effort to regain a winning record.
“Against BU, we came out from the first draw with an attitude that we have nothing to lose,” defenseman Victoria Moore ’17 said. “We played cohesively, and both ends of the field communicated well, and we went back to the basics and trusted each person to do her job. We also constantly backed each other up on the field, and we maintained positivity throughout the game.”
The matchup against Boston got off to a quick start for Yale with a goal from midfielder Maggie Pizzo ’18 just 42 seconds into the game with an assist from captain and attacker Kerri Fleishhacker ’15, who scored a goal of her own exactly two minutes later. The Bulldogs took control of the game early, putting up five goals in the first 10 minutes while limiting the Terriers to just one.
The first half ended with a 6–3 score favoring the Elis, who kept Boston from scoring consecutive goals before the break.
“Beating a team like BU, who is historically a top 20 team in DI, was exactly what we needed in order to turn around our season,” defenseman Flannery Carney ’16 said. “We came out strong, excited and ready to win, [which was] exemplified by the short amount of seconds it took to score the first goal of the game.”
Yale kept its foot to the floor during the second half. The Bulldogs dominated most of the half, scoring an unanswered five goals between the 24 and 13-minute mark. The Bulldogs shut out the Terriers until just 6:05, when Boston found the back of the net for the first time in the half. The Terriers scored two more goals in the next three minutes but could not bring themselves back into contention. The Elis responded with three goals of their own in the last three minutes to bring the final score up to 14–6 and earning their first win in the last three games.
With 26 shots on goal, the Bulldogs fielded a strong offense. Three Yale players — Fleishhacker, Pizzo and attacker Tess McEvoy ’17 — scored three goals in the matchup. However, there was a high turnover rate, with 18 per team. The Elis are last in the Ivy League in turnovers per game, averaging 15.5 compared to best-in-conference Harvard’s 10.2 per game.
“One team goal we have is to play fast, but smart,” Moore said. “We need to push fast breaks and use our speed, but at the same time we need to make sure that we are making good choices with the ball and not forcing plays.”
Yale will face San Diego State at home on Saturday night in a game televised on ESPN3. The Aztecs, currently leading their conference, have been consistently strong, scoring an average of 14 goals and taking an average of 29 shots per game. San Diego State is also coming off of a seven-game win streak in which they scored 15 goals or more in all but one of the contests.
The team is ready for the new challenge, according to attacker Kiwi Comizio ’18.
“We’ve never played them before [in program history], so we don’t know that much about them,” Comizio said. “I think it’ll be a great game.”
The contest against San Diego State begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday.