AU Downs Wagner, 16-12, in Season Opener

AU Downs Wagner, 16-12, in Season Opener

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – With a strong second-half effort, the American University lacrosse team picked up a 16-12 victory over Wagner in its season opener on Saturday afternoon.

Eight different Eagles found the back of the net against the Seahawks, led by sophomore Madison Hoon with a career-high five goals and junior Jessica Wojciechowski with four goals. In addition, junior Olivia Mangan tallied two goals and a game-high four assists.

The game was close throughout the first half and included four tie scores before Wagner grabbed a 9-8 lead, its first of the game, with less than two minutes remaining in the opening stanza. However, Hoon tallied her fourth goal of the game on an assist by Mangan with 18 seconds on the clock to tie the game at 9-9 heading into the intermission.

The Seahawks regained the advantage in the first minute of the second half, but the Eagles tallied three straight free-position goals to go ahead 12-10, and American never trailed again.

The Eagles scored on 6-of-11 free-position attempts and outshot Wagner, 31-25, for the game. Meanwhile, the Seahawks had a 23-15 edge on ground balls and recorded 11 saves, including seven in the opening half.

Shea Gegan was the leading scorer for Wagner with three goals and an assist, while Stephanie Peterson also tallied a hat trick for the Seahawks.

"We played an extremely scrappy game," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "By keeping our composure, we were able to maintain our offensive production and came up with crucial defensive stops in the second half to win."

The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday, when they visit Saint Joseph's for a 7 p.m contest.