WASHINGTON – A late second-half rally fell short as the American University lacrosse team dropped a 15-10 decision to visiting Holy Cross Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 2-6 on the season and 0-2 in league action, while the Crusaders improved to 2-6 overall and 2-0 in the league.
American was first to get on the board with a goal from sophomore Sarah Bootman eight minutes into the contest, but Holy Cross responded with a quick score to tie the game.
The two teams traded goals over the next several minutes, but four straight scores by the Crusaders gave Holy Cross a 6-3 lead with just under 10 minutes left in the first half. Junior Jessica Wojciechowski stopped the Crusaders' run with a goal at the 5:25 mark, but Holy Cross added another score to go into the intermission with a 7-4 advantage.
The Crusaders pulled away after the break, going on a 5-1 run to start the second half, but American battled back. Trailing 12-5 with under 15 minutes to play, the Eagles rattled off four straight scores, including three in less than a minute and a half, to cut their deficit to three with 5:35 remaining.
However, Holy Cross got back on the scoreboard to halt American's momentum and closed out the game with three goals in the final five minutes.
Wojciechowski finished with four goals to lead the Eagles, while junior Olivia Mangan added a goal and three assists. Meanwhile, Kate Martino tallied six goals to lead Holy Cross.
The stats were fairly even for both teams, but the Crusaders held a 16-11 edge on draw controls. Holy Cross also took advantage of its free position opportunities, scoring on five of its six free position shots, while American was just 1-of-6.
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday, March 18, when they visit league foe Navy in a 4 p.m. contest.