The Terriers traveled to Yale University on the weekend of October 10-11 for the second New England Division tournament of the season, where they would take on UConn, Dartmouth, Boston College, and Yale.
BU’s game against UConn featured a quick 5-0 lead for the Terriers established in the 1st quarter largely due to the defensive diligence of freshman Austin Vargas and sophomore Andy McClung. Throughout the rest of the game, new players and seasoned veterans alike peppered the UConn goal with shots, many of them reaching their destination. The 14-2 final score accurately reflected BU’s ability to counterattack and work the ball around the offense.
BU’s second game featured the Terriers taking on Dartmouth College. Despite strong team defensive play, Dartmouth was able to capitalize on mistakes and turnovers to establish a first half lead, which they built on throughout the second half, leading to a final score of 16-6.
The third game for BU brought rivals Boston College face-to-face with the Terriers for a third time this season. As in previous games, BC’s depth in offensive firepower proved too much for BU, despite marked improvement in team play by the Terriers from previous games. A 12-4 victory for Boston College was a fair result for both sides.
BU’s last game of the tournament brought BU together with Yale, which produced an instant classic not soon to be forgotten. The first half saw the Terriers establish a 5-2 lead, but Yale finished the half with a strong comeback effort; the half finished at 6-6. In the second half, the lead went back and forth constantly between the two sides. A tense 4th quarter saw senior Joshua McDonough explode with 5 goals, but it wasn’t enough to hold the Bulldogs of Yale off, and regulation time ended at 12-12. Two overtime periods of 3 minutes each were then played, which still wasn’t enough to separate the two teams, as the scoreboard read 13-13. A final period of sudden death overtime saw Yale score within two minutes, which brought this marathon of a game to a close. It was a heartbreaking finish for the BU Terriers, but an incredible game and valuable learning experience.