Women’s Lacrosse: Terriers struggle to get going against Dartmouth

Apart from senior midfielder Lexi Lewis’ hat trick, the Boston University women’s lacrosse team did not have much in the tank against Dartmouth and fell 16-8 to the Big Green.  

The Terriers (2-2) came into the game winners of two straight, but against Dartmouth, they looked more like the team that lost to Boston College than the team that blew past Niagara and Hartford. They had a difficult time keeping the ball away from their own goal and were outshot 35-18. 

Lewis was one of only four Terriers able to get off more than two shots on goal. Junior attacker Ava Barry converted both of her shot attempts, ending with two goals. Freshman attacker Lauren Kaye and sophomore midfielder Maddie MacMaster each added one goal. 

The usual scoring threats — junior attacker Makenzie Irvine and junior midfielder Emily Vervlied — were silenced by the Dartmouth defense. Each attempted only one shot in the entire game, and only Irvine found the back of the net. 

Senior attacker Kailey Conry also went scoreless, although she handed out three assists.

Dartmouth established itself on offense early in the first period, preventing the BU defense from building momentum, and continued its attack in the second half. Katie Bourque and Sophia Turchetta torched the Terriers for eight goals in 13 attempts. 

Senior goalie Bianca Smith and sophomore goalie Kennady Smith made 10 combined saves, more than twice as many as Dartmouth goalie Kiera Vrindten, but they faced too many shots for their performance to make a difference. 

The Big Green had the edge in draw controls, ground balls, and free position shots, making it tough for the Terriers to chip away at the deficit. 

Turnovers were another pain point for the Terriers. BU turned the ball over 15 times, its second-highest total of the season. On the other end, the Terriers were unable to take the ball back and caused a mere five turnovers. 

Head coach Lauren Morton’s team will need to bring more energy to the field in their next game against Fairfield. The Stags are 1-3 on the season, but the Terriers have only three more games to prepare for their first conference contest in a few weeks. BU and Fairfield match up on Wednesday in Fairfield at 3:00 p.m. 

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