Terriers Outlast Warriors For Road Victory, 17-15

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – With the help of five points each from juniors Jennifer Barry and Lauren Kaye as well as sophomore Kendall Simsthe Boston University women’s lacrosse team triumphed over Merrimack in a 17-15 win on Wednesday evening at Duane Stadium.

BU recorded a season-high of 17 goals, and had eight different Terriers tally multiple points. The Warriors almost rallied from a six-goal gap in the fourth quarter, but after a key caused turnover from Riley Kokorudasophomore ellen monahan scored an insurance goal to preserve the victory.

Sims paced BU with four goals and a career-high 10 draw controls while adding an assist. Barry and Kaye each had two goals and three assists, while Monahan added a hat trick. Senior Kennady Smith made eight saves between the pipes.

Catherine Mahanna led Merrimack with a game-high seven points, including five assists. Olivia Valdes scored five goals. Hayley Kowalczyk made 11 saves in net.


  • Smith worked to her right to deny Scearbo and Mahanna on the Warriors’ first two offensive possessions.
  • At the other end, BU scored the first four goals of the game at the opening 9:08. Kaye broke the ice at the 9:23 mark, while Sims had two goals in the run.
  • Merrimack closed the first quarter with three goals, including two in the final 32 seconds that Mahanna set up.
  • Sims buried a second-chance opportunity 1:10 into the second frame, then Barry took a pass at the doorstep from Kaye, who was outside the arc, to double up the Warriors 6-3 early in the stanza.
  • Monahan’s free position goal was sandwiched in between two Merrimack goals that the latter made 7-5, but the sophomore started a 3-0 Terrier run at the 9:34 mark. Freshmen matty spaeth potted two goals to extend BU’s edge to 10-5.
  • Redshirt junior Teagan Lucchese worked behind the goal and fed a cutting Barry with 16.9 seconds before the half to give the Terriers an 11-6 advantage after two quarters.
  • The Warriors held the Terriers off the scoreboard in the third until the clock read 6:50, whittling the gap down to 11-8 before Barry connected with sophomore kaelin isaacson for the latter’s second goal of the day.
  • BU and Merrimack traded goals the rest of the period, as Kaye tallied her second goal, while sophomore Tobey Tick’s cut down the middle of the arc resulted in a score. The Terriers went into the fourth ahead 14-10.
  • Spaeth forced a Warrior turnover that coaxed a transition goal from Tick’s stick 1:18 into the final frame, then Sims potted her fourth goal to give BU its largest lead of the game at 16-10.
  • Merrimack went on a five-goal run over a span of seven minutes, and Valdes’ final strike closed its deficit to 16-15 with 4:30 to play.
  • With 3:18 to play, Sophie Scearbo operated near the left post against Kokoruda. The Terrier dislodged the ball from Scearbo and scooped up the ground ball before the Warrior attempted a shot.
  • Monahan proceeded to race in from the right of the fan to beat Kowalczyk for BU’s 17th goal with 2:15 on the clock.


  • Merrimack had the 35-32 advantage in shots, but BU had 28 shots on goal compared to the Warriors’ 25.
  • The Terriers also had a 20-15 edge in draw controls.
  • Sims has scored nine goals in her last three games, most on the team in that span.
  • Kaye’s five points represent a career-high for the junior, who has points in 11 of BU’s 12 games this season.
  • Barry, who had five draw controls to move within 31 of the all-time record, has matched her personal-best with 18 this season, equaling her output from 2021.
  • Monahan recorded her first-career hat trick, and now has five goals of the year. She also controlled three draws.
  • Wednesday marked the first all-time meeting between BU and Merrimack.


  • BU resumes Patriot League play with a trip to No. 24 Navy on Saturday (Apr. 9). Opening draw is set for 4 pm

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