Thursday, May 19, 2011

Boston College Holds Off Men's Lacrosse at MCLA National Championships

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (5/17/11) – The No. 7 seeded University of Colorado men’s lacrosse team lost in a 10-9 nail-biter to the No. 10 Boston College Eagles at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park on Tuesday night.

The loss ends CU’s season with an 11-6 record. The win advances the Boston College Eagles to the quarter finals against the Colorado State Rams and improves their record to 12-4 on the year.
The first quarter belonged to the Eagles who jumped out to an early 5-1 lead thanks to two goals by their star senior Christian Falco.

The Buffaloes rallied in the second quarter, scoring three straight goals. Senior Colin Rosenblum ended a fifteen minute scoring drought for the Buffs in the second quarter. Soon after, sophomore sensation Matt White scored to cut the deficit to 5-3. Boston College took a timeout to stop the Buffs momentum. The timeout appeared to be successful, but then with 10 seconds left in the half, Senior AJ Blackburn ripped a goal to bring the Buffs to within one of the Eagles going into halftime.

The third quarter was a disaster for Colorado. Will Forsyth, a BC football and lacrosse player, quickly ended the Buffs three goal run. The Eagles then continued to go on a run of their own and ended the third quarter with a commanding 9-4 lead.

Alex Prostano scored his third goal of the game to give BC a seemingly insurmountable 10-4 lead to start out the fourth quarter. Sophomore Jack Cranston scored with 10:19 remaining in the fourth to stop Boston College’s 5 goal run. Almost immediately after Cranston’s goal Blackburn scored. Soon after Blackburn’s goal sophomore Tyler Dougherty scored, cutting the lead to 10-7. The electricity in the stadium was beginning to grow as CU scored again cutting the lead to 10-8. BC took another timeout hoping that it would slow the Buffs momentum as their first timeout had accomplished. With 5:34 left Cranston struck again cutting the lead to 10-9. The crowd was going crazy. As time began to dwindle down CU had one last chance. Senior AJ Blackburn made a terrific move and got himself a good look at a wrap-around goal. He ripped the shot, but Boston College goalie Nick Shea made a great save.

Dougherty, Cranston and Blackburn led the Buffs with two goals each. University of Denver transfer Dane Mueller also scored. Sophomore goalie Brad Macnee was critical to the buffs comeback, only allowing one goal in the fourth quarter.

Boston College will advance to the quarterfinals to take on Colorado State May 18 at 4 p.m.