Wojciechowski, Buechli Lead American to 16-6 Win Over Bucknell

Wojciechowski, Buechli Lead American to 16-6 Win Over Bucknell

WASHINGTON – Juniors Jessica Wojciechowski and Terese Buechli each tallied five goals to lead the American University lacrosse team to a 16-6 victory over Bucknell on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Eagles moved to 3-8 overall on the season and 1-3 in Patriot League play, while the Bison fell to 2-10 overall and 0-5 in the league.

Bucknell got on the board early, finding the back of the net just over four minutes into the contest. However, Wojciechowski tallied her first goal of the game less than 20 seconds later, sparking a 7-0 run over the remainder of the half for the Eagles.

After taking a 7-1 lead into the intermission, American continued its scoring run in the second half, registering three goals in the first five minutes of the period to extend its advantage to 10-1.

The Bison responded by outscoring the Eagles 3-1 over the next nine minutes, but a pair of American goals just 12 seconds apart ignited another AU run. A score by sophomore Sarah Bootman with 12:03 remaining pushed the Eagles' lead to double figures, while Buechli's fifth score of the contest gave American a 16-4 advantage, its largest of the game.

The Eagles had a slight 27-24 edge on shots taken, but were able to score on 5-of-9 free-position shots. Meanwhile, the Bison were scoreless on just two free-position shots.

Senior Jamie Silverman registered two goals, both on free-position shots, for the Eagles, while classmate Jordan Harrington added a goal and two assists. Also finding the back of the net for American was sophomore Shauna Norris, while junior Olivia Mangan registered two assists.

For the Bison, Sam Rickels and Sarah Galzerano each recorded two goals to lead the offense.

"I think today was a really solid team win for us on both ends of the field," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "Offensively, defensively, we really came together. We had a week of practice to iron out some kinks that have been plaguing us this entire season, so it was a really great game."

The Eagles are back in action on Tuesday, March 31, when they host 10th-ranked Louisville at 2 p.m.