Boston U. rallies to beat Stony Brook women

Stony Brook midfielder Michelle Rubino looks to pass Stony Brook midfielder Michelle Rubino looks to pass against Duke. (March 5, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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Stony Brook women's lacrosse team had the lead. Then it didn't.

It had the lead again. And once again, it could not hold on.

The visiting Seawolves lost a back-and-forth affair to Boston University, 15-14, in an America East game Saturday at Nickerson Field.

BU's Mallory Collins scored the winner with 3:12 left. The loss snapped SBU's six-game winning streak.

"This loss wasn't just about today," Stony Brook coach Joe Spallina said. "We started losing this game on Monday by having a poor week of practice leading up to today. We have work to do, and we will grow from this, get better and get another opportunity in the America East Tournament."

Stony Brook (11-4, 3-1) raced to a 4-0 lead early in the first half on an unassisted goal from Janine Hillier (three goals, one assist).

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BU (9-5, 5-0) broke a 6-6 tie with 5:47 left in the half, only to have Stony Brook score twice in the final 1:45 to take a one-goal lead at the half.

SBU's Amber Kupres (two goals) scored with 6:22 left in the game to break a 13-13 tie.

BU's Kristen Mogavero knotted things at 14, scoring off an SBU turnover with 4:28 remaining.

BU won the ensuing draw, which set up Collins' winner

Despite the loss, the Seawolves clinched its first America East Tournament berth since 2007. If they beat Albany on Saturday, they will a clinch a No. 2 seed and a home game in the conference semifinal May 3.

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