Patriot League Continued ….Boston University

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Boston University’s hallmark has been consistency…consistently good. This will be Head Coach Sally Starr’s 38th season at the helm of the Terriers. She is following a year in which the Terriers were 14-8 and undefeated in the Patriot League. Starr ranks 11th all time in wins and currently is 5th among current coaches. A stable staff has also been a characteristic for Boston. Her two assistants have been with the program 19 and seven years respectively.

Last year they scored 62 goals against 35 for the opponents and they score on over 20 pct of their shots. What is more remarkable is that they had only 108 corners, but the defense has only allowed 69 corners. Boston won the Patriot League title last year for the third time in four years after a 6-0 run through the league. Bucknell was the only team to lose in the narrowest of margins 2-1 in the championship game and 1-0 in the regular season matchup. Lafayette fell to them 5-1 in Boston.

Preparation is their methodology as they learn even from their unsuccessful efforts. Before the Lafayette game Boston, lost to eventual national champion 8-1. In the NCAA second round game they lost 3-1.

This year they will field 4 freshman, 7 sophomores 1 Junior and 5 seniors. Returning are all league selections Seniors Kali Shumock, and Allie Doggett along with sophomore Ailsa Connolly. Conolly was their leading scorer with 22 points and eleven goals as she continues as part of the New Zealand pipeline that has been so important in their recruiting. They are deep at goal as two goalies shared time in the cage. Senior Kathleen Keeegan is back as is Millie Baker a sophomore. Baker had a league leading 83 pct save percentage.

Their out of conference schedule is daunting as usual, with UCONN, Penn State, Northwestern, Princeton, Harvard and Boston College on the schedule.

The Terriers will vist Lafayette at home on September 29th at noon. Lafayette will face Liberty at home 5 days earlier and Boston will face Colgate the previous week and Princeton the day after. The last meeting at Rappolt between the two team ended in a 1-0 shootout win for the Leopards. Probably the toughest league game on the schedule, who will be ready???? We need supporters in the stands for this one!!! Defense will be key!!

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 20 year fan of Division one field hockey

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