WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team was unable to overcome an early deficit to No. 20 Johns Hopkins, as the Eagles fell to the non-conference foes in their season opener, 18-6.
Junior Jennifer DeSimone led the Eagles with three goals, followed by single-goal contributions from seniors Madison Hoon and Sarah Bootman, and freshman Caitlin Schaefer. Hoon also added an assist to make it a two-point day.
DeSimone led AU's offense with a team-high four shots on goal. Hoon and sophomores Sydney Fry and Brooke Stapleton led the squad with three ground balls apiece while Hoon also secured a team-high five draw controls.
The Blue Jays went on a scoring run early in the game, putting away six goals before the Eagles were able to respond with a free position goal from DeSimone with 7:37 left in the first half.
The Eagles gained some traction in the second half, responding to Johns Hopkins' nine-goal tally with five of their own. Senior Sarah Bootman was up first, putting away an early free position goal followed by freshman Caitlin Schaefer's first goal as an Eagle off of an assist from Hoon at the 20:45 mark.
Hoon added a goal of her own off of a breakaway after her fourth draw control of the game.
DeSimone closed the Eagles' scoring efforts with a pair of back-to-back goals in the final ten minutes of regulation, netting the first one off of a free position and the second from an assist from freshman Amanda Medjid.
The Eagles will take to the road next, traveling to Saint Joseph's on Feb. 18 for a noon start. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.