American Holds Off Army West Point in PL Action

American Holds Off Army West Point in PL Action

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Sophomore Jennifer DeSimone scored a career-high seven points to lead the American University lacrosse team to a 12-9 road victory over Army West Point on Saturday at Michie Stadium.

DeSimone finished with four goals and a career-best three assists to lead the Eagles, who improved to 5-10 overall and 2-5 in the Patriot League.

Senior captain Jessica Wojciechowski added four goals and an assist for American, while senior Olivia Mangan and junior Shauna Norris each pitched in two goals.

Izzy McMahon scored four goals to lead Army West Point, which dropped to 5-9 overall and 0-6 in the PL.

DeSimone opened the scoring just over two minutes into the contest, as the Eagles sprinted out to a 4-0 lead in the first eight minutes of action. After 10 minutes of scoreless play for both teams, McMahon tallied her first goal of the game to put Army on the board.

Back-to-back scores by Mangan and DeSimone put the Eagles up 6-1 with 8:38 on the clock, but the Black Knights scored the final goal of the period, as American entered the intermission with a four-point advantage.

American increased its lead to 7-2 with an early second-half score by Wojciechowski, but the two teams began to trade scores over the next several minutes. After DeSimone's fourth goal of the contest gave the Eagles a 9-4 advantage, Army went on a 3-0 run to cut the margin to 9-7 with 16:45 remaining.

Norris tallied her first score three minutes later to push American's lead back to three goals, but a pair of free-position goals enabled the Black Knights to pull within one with just under seven minutes remaining.

Army was never able to tie the game, as Mangan gave American an 11-9 advantage with 4:20 remaining, while Norris scored an insurance goal with two and a half minutes to play.

"It was a good win over a very tough and athletic Army team," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "We emphasized pushing the fast break and were able to get some quick goals in the first half.

"Army started a comeback in the second half. We were able to hold them off with Terese Buechli coming up with a crucial ground ball down the stretch to retain possession and run the clock off."

The Eagles close out their home schedule on Wednesday, April 20, when they host Navy in a 4 p.m. contest.