Women's Lacrosse

Boston University Upsets No. 14 Women's Lax 9-8 In Overtime

Tanner Guarino scored a goal for UMass in overtime and finished with three points.

Tanner Guarino scored a goal for UMass in overtime and finished with three points.

Feb. 27, 2013

Box Score

BOSTON - Boston University scored a pair of goals in overtime to pull off a 9-8 win over the No. 14 UMass women's lacrosse team on a rainy and windy Wednesday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Minutewomen had a chance to tie the game in the final minute of overtime, but a turnover allowed the Terriers to run out the clock for the win. UMass will return to action on Saturday when the Minutewomen host Iona at McGuirk Stadium.

The loss drops UMass to 3-2 overall on the year, while Boston University improves to 1-0 overall. The one-goal decision marked the fifth-time in the last eight games of the series that the outcome was by two-or-fewer points.

Sam Rush led the Minutewomen with three goals, while Tanner Guarino had a goal and two assists along with five groundballs and three caused turnovers. Rachel Vallarelli made five saves in the loss.

Danielle Etrasco had two goals, while Jenna Boarman had two goals and an assist. Becca Church also had a three-point game with a goal and two assists. Christina Sheridan made six saves in goal for the win.

Boston University scored nearly two minutes into the overtime period and then tacked on an insurance goal with 3:19 left in the period to take a 9-7 lead.

The Minutewomen were able to force a turnover with under two minutes to go as BU was trying to run down the clock. Guarino scored at the 58 second mark pulling UMass within one and the Minutewomen were able to win the ensuing draw control.

After calling timeout, however, the Terriers forced a UMass turnover with Etrasco picking up the groundball to run out the final 28 seconds of the OT period.

UMass led 4-3 at halftime, but Boston University controlled much of the second half taking a 7-5 lead when Etrasco scored on a feed from Boarman with 10:40 left in regulation.



Melissa Carelli answered with a goal 44 seconds later and Rush tied the game at the 5:17 mark.

The Minutewomen had a chance to take the lead with 3:40 to go on a free position attempt but could not convert. Rush had a look on cage at the 2:12 mark, but Sheridan was able to make the save. UMass forced a pair of turnovers in the final two minutes, however, the Terriers kept the Minutewomen from advancing back into their offensive zone.

Boarman managed to get a shot off with 16 seconds left in regulation, but it was blocked by the UMass defense to force the extra period.

Boston University outshot the Minutewomen 22-to-17 and held a 23-to-21 edge in groundballs. UMass won 13 draws compared to eight for the Terriers.

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