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Yesterday, BU beat #3 Georgetown in Women's Lacrosse for a fantastic win!! I'll let Seth or one of the other BU posters link to an article about the game.

Interestingly, BU has lost an AE game to UMBC. UNH beat UMBC Saturday 20-9 to remain undefeated in AE play. The Terriers and Wildcats meet at Nickerson on the 29th. I have to believe that BU will be the favorite in that game. In Women's Lacrosse, teams play each AE opponent once in the regular season. That means a three way tie is a distinct possibility. The number one team in the regular season hosts the AE Tourney.

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The Terriers take down their second No. 3 team of the season with a 9-8 comeback win over Georgetown
With about two minutes left in yesterday's Boston University women's lacrosse game against No. 3 Georgetown University, a WTBU radio announcer said something to the effect of, "The Terriers would sure be content if they were able to score here," after which various members of the press box laughed at his choice of words.

And rightfully so, because when senior attacker Mary Beth Miller beat Hoya goalkeeper Maggie Koch on a wraparound shot with only 0:02 left on the clock to up the score to 9-8, elation seemed more like it.

After 59 minutes and 58 seconds of back-and-forth lacrosse that featured four lead changes and six ties between two of the nation's top teams, Miller completed the No. 13/15 BU (8-3, 1-1 America East) comeback, notched the team's second major upset over a nationally third-ranked team this season and extended the Terriers' winning streak at Nickerson Field to 19 games -- all with one shot.

That shot would have never meant so many things, however, if sophomore Jenny Hauser didn't tie the game at 8-8 on her fourth goal of the contest with 3:50 left.

"Coaches always want you to think deep. They expect you to never give up," Hauser said. "They have all those expectations for us, but on the attack we also just felt that [we needed to] shove it down their throats. Just keep going and don't even let them have a breather, because they were starting to come out and pressure us, but instead of letting that affect how we play, just pressure them back and put it in the back of the net."

And finding the back of the net has never really felt this good for any of the Terriers up to this point in the season.

"I'm really happy, obviously, that we won," said BU coach Liza Kelly. "I think it was a huge win for the program and for the team and I think that it's a confidence booster for them so that they can see how good they really are."

It was a sentiment that seemed to be contagious after the big win.

"I'm so happy. I definitely knew we could do it," Hauser said. "When we come pumped up for these games, I think we can compete with anybody, but I'm just so glad we got that, I'm just so happy."
What made this victory so sweet is that practically none of the players or coaches had ever seen lacrosse's own version of a buzzer-beater in their respective careers.

"Never when it was that close, with five seconds. I've never seen that before in my life," Hauser said. "I've seen it in basketball or maybe football or something, but I haven't seen it in lacrosse yet, so I'm giving [Mary Beth Miller] so much love right now."

Kelly agreed.

"We've had some close ones before. When these guys beat Maryland last week they scored with 16 seconds left, but nothing that really seemed to be at the buzzer," Kelly said.

The last-second victory was both a streak breaker and preserver, as No. 3/5 Georgetown (8-2, 2-0 Big East) saw its four-game winning streak snapped, while the Terriers have not lost in their last 19 tries on Nickerson.

"That feels so good. We always say before every game, 'Whose house is this? This is our house,'" Hauser said. "And we definitely want to protect this field and we want to win out on it all the way to the national championship -- and go undefeated."

Maybe part of the reason why BU was able to shock the Hoyas at home was because it became the only team thus far to score first against Georgetown. The Terriers peppered Koch with 36 shots and made it hard for her to feel comfortable in the cage, despite her nation-best 6.41 goals-against average in nine games this season.

"I think that we clearly outshot them and I felt like we were doing a really good job of taking shots, getting the ball back and getting more opportunities," Kelly said. "I think that's hard for a goalie to face."

In addition to figuring out Koch, the Terriers had to deal with standout sophomore Coco Stanwick (3 goals, 1 assist) and Lucy Poole (3 shots).

"I think that was one of our keys is that both Coco and No. 7 Lucy Poole are kinda hands down their leading scorers, and we kinda said if we could limit those guys to a total of six goals between them, you're doing your job," Kelly said.

Cue sophomore goalkeeper Jenna Golden, who made seven saves on 23 Georgetown shots, only allowing eight goals to keep the Terriers close throughout.

"They definitely stepped up," Miller said of Golden and the defense. "Jenna had some saves that I've never even seen a goalie make before, she was diving out of nowhere. And they came up with some great caused turnovers, running behind the cage and whatnot."

Smart, aggressive defense and lots of energy are what propelled BU to its other victory over a third-ranked team -- a 7-6 win over the University of North Carolina on March 11.

"UNC was at the beginning of the season so we knew that we're a great team and that we could get up there and get pumped up and do it," Hauser said. "And after those losses, I think it's nice to have this win just to get our heads back up and stay on top. I think it shows everyone how good we can be. It's a booster, because I think if anyone had doubts or anything like that, this can fix those. This can definitely fix those."

The Terriers trailed, 4-1, early on but came back to tie the score when Hauser deposited a pass from Miller in the back of the net with 0:21 left in the first half. After Georgetown scored to start the second frame, the teams traded goals until the eventual game-winner.

BU won the battle for ground balls, 16-12, while Georgetown claimed 10 draw controls to BU's nine. With the win, BU now holds a 2-0 all-time series advantage over the Hoyas.

"Liza told us [about them] coming into this game, so we knew they were gonna be difficult, but she told us the first team to get to 10 is gonna win," Miller said. "We knew that we had to put a lot of goals into the back of the cage and take a lot of shots."

And while BU didn't quite manage 10, nine was certainly good enough, leaving this group of Terriers anything but content.
With just five seconds left in a knotted 8-8 game, Mary Beth Miller's wraparound capped off a BU win over the Hoyas
Who knew how long five seconds could be?

Mary Beth Miller certainly knows now. Five seconds was all it took for the Boston University lacrosse senior attacker to unknot a tie game with third-ranked Georgetown University yesterday and send the Terrier bench into a frenzy after its most dramatic comeback win of the season.

"With five seconds left you can't really do anything else except just go," Miller said.

After Angie Martin sent what appeared to be a last-ditch prayer of a shot flying out of bounds with only five ticks remaining on the clock, the Terriers earned one final chance when Miller regained possession for BU behind the net. And she made the most of it, spinning around the right side of the goal and wristing home a wraparound game-winner as time appeared to expire.

"They were leaving the crease kind of open for most of the game, and Lindsay [Lewis] was right next to me so she just cleared through for me," Miller said. "Both the defenders stuck on her so I knew I had to take the shot."

The whole scenario seemed to take a split-second to unfold, and as soon as the ball hit the back of the net, the Terrier bench exploded into cheers and rushed onto the field, mobbing Miller and her teammates.

But those same five seconds suddenly seemed to last an eternity. Georgetown coach Ricky Fried quickly came storming onto the field from the sideline, and after a short argument stood back as all three officials huddled near midfield. Confusion ensued for a moment as the Georgetown players headed back onto the field, but the issue of Miller's goal was actually not in question. Instead, two seconds were put back onto the clock for one final draw control, an anticlimactic end to a thrilling upset victory.

"I think there was a question of whether the goal should count or not, whether there was time on the clock when the goal was scored," said BU coach Liza Kelly, noting that there had been a time issue at the end of the first half when the horn sounded well after the scoreboard clock hit zero. "I think (Fried) had a leg to stand on, definitely. I would be complaining as well about that."

But Miller and her teammates had nothing at all to complain about, as they all learned exactly how much could be done in five short seconds.

"We'll do a lot of situations [in practice] where we'll tell the team there's 30 seconds left and we're down by one or up by one," Kelly said, though she admitted she'd never seen a BU game decided so close to the final gun. "It's like March Madness -- a buzzer beater."

And for a Terrier team that was held scoreless for over 20 minutes of the second half, five seconds must have seemed like an eternity.

"I looked at the clock, I saw five seconds, the first thought was I'm definitely taking a crease roll right now," Miller said. "We didn't want to go into overtime, no way."

The fact that Miller was the one to end it was fitting, as the senior has quickly become a leader for the Terriers in her final year on campus, leading the team in assists and ranking second in points. And people have taken notice. Comcast cable station CN8 was on hand at Nickerson Field to film a short feature on Miller -- a subject that had been decided long before her heroics took place.

After a 32-goal, 64-point 2005, Miller has already netted -- in just over half a season -- 22 and 46, respectively in 2006.

"Every game she has gotten better, she really is completely stepping up," Kelly said. "We've always kind of joked as a coaching staff if you wanted to cut off our head, you'd take Mary out of the game. She's great -- I mean the assists, her one goal of the game is the winning goal. She wants the ball in her stick."

And the Terriers would be wise to put it there more often. After all, all they have to lose is five seconds.
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