Monday, April 25, 2011

No. 8 Men's Lacrosse Tops Boston College in Double Overtime Thriller

BOSTON (4/22/11) – Sophomore attackman Jack Cranston scored in double overtime and the No. 8 Colorado Buffaloes men’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 7 Boston College Eagles 10-9 on Friday night at the Harvard University’s Cumnock Field.

CU’s victory is their second in three games and improves their overall record to 9-4 while the loss the ends a seven game win streak for BC and drops their record at 9-3 this season.

Cranston finished the contest with two goals and one assist while teammate A.J. Blackburn had one goal and one assist. CU sophomore goaltender Brad Macnee made nine saves on 17 shots.

The Buffaloes jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the first quarter and netted two more in the second to take a 5-2 advantage at halftime. CU began the second half with another goal, but BC scored the next three to get within one of the Buffs. Colorado added a late goal in the third, but Boston College scored late as well to keep the deficit at one.

In the fourth quarter, the Eagles found the back of the net three times and took their first lead since early in the first. With BC up 9-7 with nearly six minutes to play, CU began their comeback which included sophomore midfielder Matt White scoring the game tying goal with 30 seconds left in the fourth.

After a scoreless first overtime, the Buffs gained the first possession in the second extra stanza and took full advantage of it as Cranston scored the game winner 40 seconds into the quarter.

This was Colorado and Boston College’s first matchup since CU’s season opening game in 2009 in which the Buffs won 9-8 in overtime in Boulder.

Colorado has two more games remaining in their New England road trip and their regular season, tomorrow in Storrs, Conn., against the UConn Huskies at 8 p.m. and on Monday at 7 p.m. against the New Hampshire Wildcats in Durham, N.H. Boston College will play their final regular season game next Friday against Connecticut at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Mass.