By: Joe Eachus
Boston, MA- The Boston University women’s lacrosse team has not lost to the Holy Cross Crusaders in nearly 25 years. That trend continued on Saturday afternoon.
Following a series of lackluster performances against La Salle and Colgate in which they were unable to reach double digits, the Terriers (2-4) netted 17 goals against the Holy Cross Crusaders for a resounding 17-12 victory at Nickerson Field.
The Terrier offense was powered by hat tricks from senior Ava Barry, sophomore Jen Barry, and senior Makenzie Irvine. Ava Barry and Irvine led the team with 7 points each. Jen Barry also set BU’s single-game record for draw controls with 18, with 16 in just the first half.
Senior midfielder Emily Vervlied was a force on both ends of the turf, scoring 2 goals and 5 points, as well as forcing 4 turnovers and picking up 4 ground balls.
The game was a back-and-forth contest for much of the first half, until the Terriers opened things up with 3-0 runs to end the first and start the second, creating a 6-goal lead in just under 10 minutes of game time. Coach Morton said that the key to this run was settling in defensively, sharing the ball, and eating up the possession clock to wear down the defense.
Holy Cross junior attackwoman Jolie Creo threatened to start a Crusader comeback with three goals in the second half, but the Terriers responded back to each of her goals with one of their own.
The Terriers will look to improve to 3-4 on the season as they host the Lafayette Leopards in Boston next Sunday at 1:00 p.m., while the Crusaders host the Army Black Knights in Worcester for an April 1 matinee.