Boston University, Holy Cross Advance in Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament

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April 22, 2014

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The higher seeds each won on their home field in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Tuesday as third-seed Boston University and fourth-seed Holy Cross never trailed as they moved on to the semifinal round.

The Terriers (8-9) took the lead for good with a three-goal run late in the first half and went on to a 14-9 win against sixth-seed Lehigh (7-9) at Nickerson Field. Sophomore Jill Horka scored a career-high five goals to lift BU to a victory in its first Patriot League Tournament game.

Holy Cross (7-11) built an 8-3 lead early in the second half and held on down the stretch for a 10-8 victory over fifth-seed Colgate (7-9). Laura Ryan and Sara Hennessey scored three goals apiece as the Crusaders won a Patriot League Tournament game for the third year in a row.

The victories set the field of four for the semifinals and championship of the Patriot League Tournament to be hosted by top-seed Loyola University Maryland at Ridley Athletic Complex in Baltimore. Thursday's semifinals feature the Crusaders against the host Greyhounds at 5 p.m., followed by the Terriers facing second-seed and four-time defending Patriot League champion Navy at 7:30 p.m. The winners meet in the Patriot League Championship on Saturday at 1 p.m. The tournament games will all be shown on Patriot League Network.

More information is available at Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship Central.

Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament - Quarterfinals

at #3 Boston University 14, #6 Lehigh 9
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BOSTON - Sophomore Jill Horka scored a career-high five goals to lead third-seed Boston University (8-9) to a 14-9 win over sixth-seed Lehigh (7-9) in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Tuesday at Nickerson Field.

The Terriers advance to the semifinals where they will face second-seed Navy in Baltimore on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

BU never trailed in the game, with Horka scoring the team's first three goals for a 3-1 lead midway through the first half. Lehigh forced the only tie of the game with the next two goals, but BU answered with a three-goal run and took a 7-5 lead into the half.

The Terriers opened the second half with the first three goals to take control for good. Lehigh got as close as 11-8 with 10 minutes remaining, but Horka and Taylor Hardison scored nine seconds apart to make it 13-8 as BU went on to the 14-9 win.

Hardison had two goals and three assists to match Horka with a five-point game, while Lindsay Weiner and Becca Church each put up two goals and an assist and three others scored one goal. Christina Sheridan made seven saves for BU, which earned payback for a 12-11 double overtime loss at home against Lehigh on April 5.

The Mountain Hawks were playing in their first Patriot League Tournament since 2011. Kelsey Yenco had three goals for Lehigh, while six other players tallied one goal apiece. Alexandra Fitzpatrick made five saves in the game.

at #4 Holy Cross 10, #5 Colgate 8
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WORCESTER, Mass. - Fourth-seed Holy Cross (7-11) jumped out to an 8-3 lead early in the second half, then answered a late surge from fifth-seed Colgate (7-9) for a 10-8 win over the Raiders in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Tournament on Tuesday at Holy Cross Field.

The Crusaders win a Patriot League Tournament game for the third straight year and advance to the semifinals to face top-seed and host Loyola on Thursday at 5 p.m.

The teams each scored just one goal in the first 20 minutes before Holy Cross got hot late in the first half. The Crusaders had a 5-1 surge to go up 6-2 in the final minute of the half before Colgate cut it to 6-3 at the break.

Laura Ryan and Sara Hennessey scored in the first 10 minutes of the second half to build the lead to 8-3, but Colgate would not go away. The Raiders scored four straight goals in less than a six-minute stretch to get within one at 8-7 with 11:45 to play. The Crusaders answered with Avery Giorgio and Ryan tallying to boost the lead back to 10-7 as Holy Cross went on to the 10-8 win.

Ryan and Hennessey each scored three goals, with Ryan adding two assists and Hennessey notching one. Kate Martino added a goal and two assists for the Crusaders, while Tess MacKay scored two goals. The victory was the 100th at Holy Cross for Head Coach Stephanie Ridolfi.

Monica White had a big game for the Raiders with four goals, while Lauren Gorajek added two goals and an assist. Colgate has not won a Patriot League Tournament game since 2011.