WASHINGTON – After falling into a 10-1 first-half deficit, the American lacrosse team dropped a 19-6 decision to 17th-ranked Loyola Maryland Wednesday at Jacobs Field.
The Greyhounds (10-4, 6-0 PL) controlled possession early in the game, getting out to a 3-0 lead to start the contest. American did not attempt a shot until the 12:26 mark in the opening half, when junior Terese Buechli put the Eagles on the board with a feed from classmate Olivia Mangan.
However, Loyola responded with seven straight goals, including three less than a minute apart, over the next seven minutes. The Eagles ended the Greyhounds' scoring run with 46 seconds remaining in the opening half, as junior Jessica Wojciechowski tallied a man-up goal.
American (4-10, 2-4 PL) opened the second half with two more goals to cut the margin to 10-4, but the Eagles never got any closer, as Loyola outscored American 9-2 over the final 25 minutes of the contest.
Annie Thomas finished with three goals and six assists to lead the Greyhounds' offense, while Kara Burke tallied a game-high four goals. Loyola outshot American, 36-16, for the game, including a 19-6 edge in the opening half.
The Eagles close out their home slate this Sunday, April 12, when they host Lehigh in a 1 p.m. contest. American will celebrate Senior Day on Sunday, as it honors the six members of its senior class in a special pregame ceremony.