Aug. 14, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Boston University begins its Patriot League era in women's lacrosse in 2014, and should add to what is becoming a deep field of contenders for the League title.
The Terriers have nine conference titles and eight NCAA Tournament appearances to their credit, all coming since 2000. Boston University made the NCAA tourney in six consecutive seasons from 2005-10, with eighth-year Head Coach Liz Robertshaw directing four of those appearances.
Below, take a look at quick facts for Boston University women's lacrosse and five questions with Head Coach Liz Robertshaw. For the BU women's lacrosse home page, go here
Boston University Women's Lacrosse Quick Facts
*Overall record: 243-179-5
*First season: 1980
*All-time record vs. Patriot League Opponents 13-6
*America East Championships: 9 ('00, '02, '03, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10)
*NCAA Tournament Appearances: 8 ('00, '03, '05, '06, '07, '08, '09, '10)
*Head Coach: Liz Robertshaw (8th Season, 82-47)
*Home field: Nickerson Field (10,412)
Five Questions with Liz Robertshaw
Q: Your team spent a week against international competition in Japan this spring....how did that trip help your squad heading into the 2014 season?
A: I think it was an amazing opportunity for our team to see just how global the game of lacrosse is getting and that how they play in international competition sends a message about both BU Lacrosse and how lacrosse is played in the United States; and there is a lot of power and pressure in that which is great for our players to feel heading into a new year. In addition we were lucky enough to play in five games, two of which were against National Teams (U-21 and World Cup Team) and having our younger players have to execute against that level of competition I think will help them with both their confidence and game knowledge in the years to come.
Q: You lose your top two goal scorers from last year's team...which players do you look to step up and fill the void left by Danielle Etrasco and Kristen Mogavero?
A: Obviously it is going to be tough to fill the void of Kristen and Danielle, and to say one or two people are going to do it may be a stretch for us. I think you are going to see a more balanced scoring attack this year, or at least that's the game-plan! I do think having Mallory Collins, the 2012 America East Rookie of the Year, back on the playing field will be a good boost to our attack. But players like Liz Morse, Lindsay Weiner, Sofia Robins, Jill Horka and a bunch of others are going to be looked to in order to put the ball in the back of the net in order for us to find the success we are looking for.
Q: Jill Horka and Sofia Robins each earned All-conference status in their freshman year....what was key to each player's success in their first season and what do you expect from them in the future?
A: They were fearless in many ways and didn't get bogged down by the concept of "being only a freshman." They looked at their playing time as an opportunity to make things happen and got comfortable with the idea that this entire team believed in them and wanted them to find success. We are going to look to push them even more as sophomores and look for them to bring that sense of a "get it done" attitude to the rest of the players who surround them. I think they had good freshmen campaigns, but we are looking to have them work for great playing careers.
Q: You have traditionally played a very tough schedule...how do games against nationally-ranked opponents benefit your team throughout the season?
A: I think it's important to challenge yourself throughout the year with the best competition you can in order to put yourself in a position for post season opportunity. Testing ourselves against top 10/20 teams allows our staff to see where we are throughout the course of a season and make adjustments to our personnel, our game plans and even our goals. If you want to be the best you have to play the best, I am a firm believer in that and so we will continue to have a great non-conference schedule filled with top caliber teams.
Q: Navy has won the last four Patriot League titles, and Loyola is also a nationally-ranked program...what are your impressions of the Mids and Greyhounds and the overall competition in the Patriot League?
A: Loyola and Navy have proven themselves to be fierce competitors in the Patriot League, the former Big East and in their non-conference schedules, and they are teams we are excited about adding to the schedule. I think the Patriot League has continued to get stronger and stronger from a competition standpoint with the additional funding, improved strength of scheduling and excellent coaching that exists within the League. I am looking forward to Boston University getting into the mix of the Patriot League this upcoming season.