Terrier comeback fails against Lehigh, 13-12

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BOSTON- Junior Lauren Kaye totaled a career-high eight points, and second Tobey Tick also set a personal best with four goals, but the Boston University women’s lacrosse team couldn’t complete the comeback against Lehigh and lost 13-12 Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field.

The Terriers held the Mountain Hawks off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter and got two junior goals Jennifer Barry and Claire Gola to cut a three-to-one deficit. However, despite the second Reilly Agres low-angle save with 13.2 seconds remaining, BU couldn’t cover the pitch to get a shot in the dying moments of the game.

Kaye had four goals and four assists, each of which is a career high. Agres recorded a record 11 saves between the pipes. Junior red shirt Teagan Lucchese added two goals.

Four different Mountain Hawks scored at least three runs, led by five from Nora Giordano. Gabby Schneider had four points, while Hayley Hunt had 10 saves in goal.

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • The two teams traded goals in the opening 6:27 of the game, as Kaye buried two scores unassisted.
  • Katia Carnevale and Emma Eberhardt scored back-to-back goals to make Mountain Hawk’s lead 4-2, but Tick rolled along the crease 2:20 from first and beat Hunt to cut the deficit.
  • After Lehigh went up 5-3, BU tied the game at 1:59 of the second quarter with Lucchese’s tallies coming off two assists from Kaye and within three minutes of each other.
  • Kaye scored the hat trick by working the crease and slotting the ball into the top left corner with 9:49 on the clock in the frame, but it was in a stretch where Lehigh scored three of the game’s four goals to go up 8-6 in the middle of the second.
  • The Terriers took their first lead of the game with three unanswered goals from there. Tick ​​scored twice, including on a player chance, then Kaye ripped a free position shot past Hunt’s boots to make it 9-8 BU with 1:18 remaining until halftime .
  • Eberhardt scored with six seconds left to score at halftime at nine, then the Mountain Hawks scored three more in the opening 3:12 of the third quarter, prompting a timeout from Terrier with the team at home trailing 12-9.
  • Tick ​​fought off a Mountain Hawk defender at the top of the 12-yard range and found the back of the net to stop the run, only for Olivia Memeger to respond two minutes later to rebuild the three-goal lead of Lehigh halfway through the third.
  • Forty seconds into the fourth quarter, Kaye kicked the ball to Barry from eight yards at the far post, allowing Barry to score on a low-angle shot to close the gap at 13-11.
  • BU got a free position attempt with 10:39 on the clock. Second year Kaelin Isaacson drew the foul, but was thrown to a cutting Gola through the middle to score BU’s 12th and cut the deficit to one.
  • With 6:13 to play, Hunt fended off Lucchese’s close-range shot on the doorstep, but Agres made a fine save on Carnevale in the other direction to keep the score even.
  • With 13.2 ticks on the clock, Schneider fell low on a shot that Agres crouched to corral. BU called time with a chance to tie the game, but came close to Lehigh’s restraining line before time expired.

PLAY NOTES

  • The shots favored Lehigh 30-28, including 24-22 on goal.
  • BU held the advantage in draw checks (19-10) and ground balls (9-8). The Terriers were also 11 for 12 on clear attempts.
  • Kaye’s eight points were the most by a Terrier this season, and the most since graduating from the Class of 2021 Emilie Vervlied recorded 10 points against Colgate on April 24, 2021.
  • Barry controlled 14 draws on the afternoon, marking the ninth time this year that she has reached double digits in this category. With 224 career draw checks, she now sits 12 shy of Jill Horka’s all-time draw check record.
  • Tick ​​recorded his first career hat trick in the effort. During her six-game goal streak, she had 11 points on 10 goals and one assist.
  • Lucchese has eight points in its last four games after scoring four points in its last eight games.
  • Agres has made 10 or more saves in three games this season, and more than nine in six.
  • The all-time streak between BU and Lehigh is now even at 5-5.

NEXT

  • BU travels to Bucknell for its final Patriot League road game of the regular season on Saturday (April 23). The draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.
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