Women’s Lacrosse: Terriers take down Stonehill

By Joe Eachus

Boston University Women’s Lacrosse saw their highest scoring output in three years as they took down the Stonehill Skyhawks 20-7 at Nickerson Field Wednesday evening.

The Terriers (2-0) secured their best start to a season since 2010 with the emphatic win, as the Skyhawks (0-1) dropped their first contest at the Division I level.

“I’m proud of our group. For us, being able to put together four quarters was a goal of ours. There were some really good things we worked on this week that we saw in the game, which I was proud of. Top-to-bottom for us, being able to continue to implement what we’ve worked on in practice was a big goal for us. Really balanced offensively, which I was happy with,” BU Head Coach Lauren Morton said of the effort.

BU locked down defensively to start things off, only allowing one goal in the opening frame. In just her second game back after missing the entire 2022 season, graduate midfielder Maddie MacMaster scored late in the first to cap off a 4-0 run for the Terriers.

“[MacMaster] is one of the key people we’ve been missing. For her to continue to feel comfortable and find success, she’s such a threat,” Morton said.

Keeping their foot on the accelerator, BU continued to stretch their lead into the second, reaching a 10-1 lead thanks to freshman midfielder Jayne Feeney. Feeney would go on to notch her first career hat trick in the game.

The Skyhawks battled back, rattling off four straight goals to bring the game within five scores. The Terriers answered quickly, building a large lead heading into halftime up 13-5, with MacMaster adding another with two seconds left on the clock.

The third quarter was the closest of them all, with both teams trading goals back-and-forth. Into the fourth, BU closed out the game, again only allowing one goal in the quarter thanks to strong defensive play and goalkeeping. Junior goalkeeper Reilly Agres finished the game with six saves.

Senior attacker Jen Barry had another strong performance, following up her eight-point outburst against Merrimack with four points to go with 12 draw controls, pushing her further into the program all-time lead. Barry also sits at sixth in NCAA scoring through two games.

The Terriers have begun their best season to date near the top of NCAA leaderboards, currently ranking second in scoring offense in the country, albeit with a small sample size.

“Certainly, I want to see us have that when we get into April. What I love to see, we’ve had multiple different scorers, that’s ultimately how we want to play. I’m really proud of our group across the board, we’ve challenged them in the way we want to play, and they’ve responded really well,” Morton said.

BU will hit the road for an extended trip, first heading to New York to take on Iona College (2-0) on Saturday. Opening draw is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Featured image: BU midfielder Jen Barry tosses her stick aside after scoring a goal against UNH on March 2, 2022. JOE EACHUS / WTBU SPORTS