The No. 8 Boston University Terriers (19-6-3, 13-6-3 HEAW) will travel to Worcester, Mass., to take on Holy Cross (3-20-5, 3-17-2 HEAW) in a Saturday matinee ahead of Tuesday’s Beanpot Finals tilt with No. 3 Northeastern. For senior captain Natasza Tarnowski’s group knows the group must focus on Saturday’s matchup without looking forward to Tuesday.
“I think we’ve been really good because we’ve just focused on the next game,” Tarnowski said. “The last game is behind us, so now we’re focused on [Saturday].
“It’s definitely hard where everyone on campus is talking about next Tuesday, and the support is awesome. But I definitely think it’s important to focus on [Saturday]. As captains, Sammy [Davis] and I have been stressing that a lot.”
The Terriers are fresh off an emotional victory in the Beanpot Semifinals, shutting out Boston College, 4-0. With a strong performance from the team as a whole on Tuesday, BU will look to take the momentum into Saturday’s game.
“I think everyone is going, which is nice, and everyone has great energy,” Tarnowski said. “I think one thing about our team this year is that we’re so united, and there’s not really any separation between the classes – we’re all really close.”
All four forward lines have been able to create chances and attacking zone pressure for the Terriers lately, and with Tarnowski centering the top line with the team’s leading scorer, Davis (12g, 19a), and Jesse Compher centering the third unit over the last few games, BU is rolling out a much more balanced offensive attack.
“I think we were already doing really well, and sometimes when you make a little change something can spark,” Tarnowski said. “So it’s nice that we have all the lines going, and I think it was a good change. Hopefully we’ll continue to gain chemistry with all the lines.”
Looking at Holy Cross, the Crusaders have been paced offensively by senior forward Rachel Moore, who has three goals and eight assists for 11 points. Sophomore goaltender Jada Brenon holds a 3-18-4 record with two shutouts, a .912 save percentage and a 3.36 goals-against average.
This will be the final meeting of the season between Holy Cross and BU as the Terriers look to sweep the season series and take a third Turnpike Trophy point from the Crusaders in the annual all-sport tournament. Puck-drop between the Terriers and Crusaders is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.