PHILADELPHIA - The American University lacrosse team kicked off its road schedule on Saturday, Feb. 18, with a noon contest at Saint Joseph's. Despite an early two-goal advantage, the Eagles fell to the Hawks, 15-7.
American is now 0-2 for the season while Saint Joseph's starts the season with a 1-0 record.
Senior Madison led the Eagles with a three-goal tally, followed by two goals from junior Jennifer DeSimone and one-goal efforts from Sarah Bootman and Brooke Stapleton. Erica Skowron and Bootman both contributed assists while Hoon brought down a team-high four draw controls.
Hoon tied with Kayla Flynn for a team-high three ground balls.
The Eagles gained an early lead against the Hawks, scoring the first two goals of the game within the first five minutes of play. DeSimone netted the first goal of the day less than two minutes into the game off of a free position shot, followed by Hoon's first of the night three minutes later off of an assist from Skowron.
By the midway point in the first half, the Eagles had built a 4-3 lead over the Hawks with another goal from DeSimone, assisted by Bootman, and a free position goal from Stapleton. St. John's responded with a 3-0 run heading into the final ten minutes of the half, putting AU on its heels despite another pair of unassisted goals from Hoon.
The Hawks emerged from the break with a two goal lead over American, 9-7, and continued to pull away throughout the second half with a 6-0 run to close the game.
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 22, to host UMBC at 3 p.m. on Jacobs Field. For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.