A look back at BU’s Lacrosse Season Before the Playoffs begin

After the Terriers win over Holy Cross on Friday, they punched their ticket to the Patriot League Quarterfinals and will take on Bucknell tonight.

In their previous meeting, the Terriers ended up losing to Bucknell 9-16 and will be looking to even up the season record against the Bison and move to the semis in the Patriot League Tournament. Regardless of the outcome tonight, the Terriers still have one more game against Duke on May 6th. Before tonight’s matchup we’re looking back at some of the top moments and plays from the Terriers season so far.

Prior to the game, several members of the Terriers roster were awarded for their accomplishments this season. Freshman Chris Gray was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and was named to the Patriot League first team while Senior Jack Wilson was named to the second team. Gray is the first Terrier to be awarded Rookie of the Year in the program’s history and has broken records throughout the year. Against Harvard he set the program record for most points in a game at ten. This past Friday against Holy Cross he added another five points which brought his total to 59, also a new record for the Terriers.

Gray and Wilson both have had outstanding seasons and have been consistent throughout. Both attackers have notched a point in every contest this season while Wilson is on a 57 game point streak spanning the past couple of seasons. This is Wilson’s second straight year of being named to the All Patriot League second team.

Gray and sophomore goalie Joe McSorely were also both awarded honors this week for Patriot League Rookie and Goalie of the week respectively following their performances Friday night against Holy Cross. McSorely tied a season low in goals allowed at four and made ten saves in the contest.

It’s going to be all hands on deck tonight but if the Terriers are going to win, Wilson, Gray and McSorely are going to have to play a key role in tonight’s quarterfinal match up against Bucknell.

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McSorely and Hilburn lift the Terriers to Key Win over Army

The Boston University Terriers were able to defeat Army 8-7 on Saturday after some late game heroics from senior forward Ryan Hilburn.

The win over Army comes at a critical time when the Terriers are fighting for their lives to be able to get a spot in the Patriot League tournament. With the win, BU improved to 6-6 which gives them a one game lead over Army who are 5-5 following the loss. The Terriers also now hold the head to head tie breaker over the Black Knights.

In a day full of festivities the Terriers were able to squeak out a win after Hilburn gave BU the lead with just 30 seconds left in the game. Hilburn tallied two of his three goals in the fourth quarter while sophomore goalie Joe McSorley did not allow a single goal in the final frame in his best performance of the season.

For the seniors, this was their last game at Nickerson and prior to the game they were honored for what they have been able to do for the lacrosse team. Prior to the game I was able to catch up with Hilburn along with fellow seniors Conor Okmin and Hayden Ruiz to get their thoughts on what will be one of their last games at BU.

McSorely was able to make a career high 16 saves in the win and  held Army to just 7 goals en route to being named this week’s Patriot League Athlete of the week. Freshman forward Chris Gray was able to add two points to his season total of 50 and he became the second player in program history to reach that mark.

The Terriers will continue their push for the Patriot League tournament this weekend when they travel to Baltimore to take on Loyola on Saturday.

BU Freshman Phenom earns Patriot League Rookie of the Week Nod

Boston University freshman Chris Gray has been electric for the Terriers this entire season but has stepped up his performance even more during the last two weeks.

After a stunning 22 points in his last three games, the freshman from Wading River, NY has been hitting and breaking program records across the board. In the loss to Bucknell he tied the team record in points at seven before going on to break that record with a ten point performance against Harvard just three days later. Gray also set a new program record in assists at eight in the overtime loss to Harvard on Tuesday.

One of his best highlights against Harvard was a Sports Center Top 10 worthy, behind the back shot that somehow found its way past the goalie.

Despite being losses, these two games played a huge role in Gray being named rookie of the week but his game against Lafayette also helped to solidify him earning the award because of the consistency he showcased throughout the week.

In the win over Lafayette, Gray added another five points, including three assists. His five points were enough to help the Terriers snap a three game losing streak and pick up their first win against a Patriot League opponent. While the performance does not pop off of the stat sheet compared to his games earlier in the week, it is a testament to the consistency he has shown throughout the season. He has scored a point in every outing while also scoring at least twice in nine of those games. On the season, Gray leads the Terriers with 28 assists and 46 total points, both of which are the top among all NCAA freshman.

Gray needs to keep up his strong run of play this weekend if the Terriers hope to have a chance against the Patriot League leaders Lehigh this weekend when the Mountain Hawks visit Nickerson on Saturday.

Terriers Fall to 4 and 3 on the Season After a 16 to 9 Loss to Colgate

Colgate’s top ranked offense proved to be too much to handle for Boston University as the Terriers lost 16 to 9 on Saturday.

The loss snapped a two game winning streak and the Terriers fell to four and three on the season. One of the concerns following the game however was the status of sophomore goalie Joe McSorely.

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Following a goal from Colgate at the two minute mark in the third quarter he appeared to suffer an injury to his left leg and was tended to by the trainers for several minutes before limping off of the field with the help of one of the trainers. Freshman goalie Kevin O’Hara entered the game and played for the rest of the quarter. At the start of the fourth, McSorely was able to reenter the game and played until Colgate scored another goal to put them ahead 15 to 9 with two minutes to go in the game. O’Hara once again took his place for the remainder of the game.

The Terriers started strong after a counter attack that led to a goal from freshman forward Chris Gray. At the end of the first, BU was able to maintain a three to nothing lead but things quickly fell apart in the second as the Raiders were able to open the scoring with two quick goals.

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The Terriers responded with a goal to stop the bleeding but it was not enough as Colgate was able to score four unanswered goals in the quarter to take a 6-4 lead heading into halftime. The downward spiral continued after the break as the Terriers fell behind 10 to 6 by the end of the third before allowing another six goals in the final frame.

In the loss, Chris Gray was able to match his career high in points with five between three goals and two assists. His performance was outshined however by Sam Cleveland’s six goals and Griffin Brown’s five goals for Colgate.

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The Terriers have just under a week to recover from the loss and prepare to head on the road to take on Bucknell on Saturday.

McSorely Stands Tall as BU beats Dartmouth 10-4

Boston University’s lacrosse goalie rebounded on Tuesday night after allowing seven goals in the first quarter against Ohio State last weekend.

After allowing fifteen goals a week ago, BU lacrosse goalie Joe McSorely, a sophomore from Forest Hill, MD, played a tremendous game against Dartmouth. He made thirteen of a possible seventeen shots on target, allowing just four goals. The Terriers’ defensive play has also made his job easier.

A change in defensive style has benefited McSorely and the Terriers greatly. Since switching to a zone defense in the second period against Ohio State, the Terriers have outscored their opponents 18-9. At the same time, McSorely has quickly settled in behind the new look defense and has improved dramatically. While the defense has improved for the Terriers, their goaltending was the difference against Dartmouth.
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In a sequence of play that saw tremendous pressure placed on the defense by Dartmouth, McSorely held strong and made two incredible saves halfway through the fourth quarter. His saves allowed the Terrier offense to take advantage of shaky transition defense by Dartmouth and add to their lead, making the game 9-2 at the time.

Towards the end of the game the Terriers’ defense began to loosen up and started giving Dartmouth more opportunities to score, leading to two more goals. However, McSorely faced an attacker one on one and was able to rob him of an easy goal with just minutes to play to maintain the six goal lead. With his play, the second year goaltender was able to prevent Dartmouth from ever having an opportunity to get back into the game.

McSorely will be looking to continue his strong run of play as the Terriers return to action on Saturday when they take on Navy at Nickerson Field.

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All stats courtesy of Sidearm Stats

BU Unable to Complete the Comeback After Falling Behind Early Against OSU

After a shaky first quarter, Boston University’s Men’s lacrosse team could not make up the deficit as they lost to Ohio State University, 15-9.

Following the thrilling overtime victory against Providence, the Terriers came out flat against the Buckeyes and may have ended up costing themselves the game.

The team was lost throughout the entirety of a first quarter that resulted in the Terriers falling behind 7-0. The Buckeyes dominated possession and only allowed one faceoff win during the quarter. It wasn’t until there were three minutes left in the first that the Terriers were able to establish their first possession of the game. In addition to overall dominance, the Buckeyes’ goalie, Matthew Schmidt was saving every shot that came his way.

In the second, BU managed to stop the bleeding by allowing just three goals and scoring their first after Jack Wilson scored with the Terriers on the man advantage. With the team still in free fall, the decision was made to switch to a zone defense in an attempt to make a defensive stop and try to get some offense going, but soon after, Tre Leclaire scored his third goal.

It was not until after halftime that the Terriers started to show some life. Halfway through the third the Terriers were down 10-5 and making progress until the Buckeyes responded and scored again. In the third, attacker James Burr was able to tally three goals and the Terriers were down 13-6 heading into the fourth.

Sloppy play from the Terriers in the fourth cost them two quick goals and would only score twice more before the end of the game. The disastrous start from BU was the difference in the game because they were able to outscore OSU 9-8 in the following three quarters of play. However, the Buckeyes were able to capitalize on key mistakes by the Terriers and benefited from a tremendous game from Schmidt.

The Terriers will have plenty of time to regroup from a tough loss to the Buckeyes before they return home to play Dartmouth on Tuesday, Feb. 20.