BOSTON - Freshman Maddie Elia scored her 11th goal of the season but the Boston University women's ice hockey team lost, 5-1, to No. 5/6 Boston College on Sunday afternoon at Walter Brown Arena.
BU (21-12-1, 14-7-0 WHEA) honored its six-member senior class before the game. Kaleigh Fratkin, Braly Hiller, Taylor Holze, Meghan Riggs, Kerrin Sperry and captain Louise Warren are one win away from their 100th as a class and helped BU claim two Hockey East tournament titles and two Hockey East regular-season trophies. They have also helped guide BU to three straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Freshman Samantha Sutherland and sophomore Sarah Lefort assisted on Elia's goal. Her marker cut the BC (25-5-3, 18-2-1 WHEA) lead to 3-1 entering the third period, but the Eagles tallied twice in the final frame to secure the victory.
Sperry stopped 32 shots while the Eagles' Corinne Boyles made 26 saves. BC took a 2-0 lead into the second stanza before making it 3-0 at the 5:48 mark of the period.
Sutherland began the sequence to set up Elia's goal with a breakout pass to Lefort. The sophomore forward created a 2-on-1 with Elia, used a superb shot fake to freeze a BC defender as well as Boyles and then slid the puck over to Elia. The freshman forward made no mistake into the open net.
The second-seeded Terriers will host seventh-seeded Providence this Saturday (March 1) in a Hockey East quarterfinal contest at Walter Brown Arena. This will be the third straight year that BU and Providence will meet in the league playoffs. The Terriers are 4-0 in the league quarterfinals and 5-1 all-time in the WHEA tournament at Walter Brown Arena. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m.