WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team were unable to fend off a late surge from UMBC on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and fell to the Retrievers at home, 10-8.
The Eagles now sit at 0-3 in their nonconference schedule while UMBC rises to 2-1 overall.
Freshman Erica Skowron put away her first goals as an Eagle, tying with junior Jennifer DeSimone for a team-high two apiece. Skowron also tallied an assist, giving her a team-high three points for the day.
Skowron and DeSimone also tied for a team-high four ground balls, while Hoon brought down a team-high five draw controls.
UMBC was led by the three-goal effort from Sam Nolan, who tallied five points for the day after contributing another two assists. She also led the team with six draw controls. Carolyn Jamison and Lauren McDonald each added two goals, while Sara Moeller, Jennie Milligan and Brittany Levine each contributed one.
Caitlin Miller tallied a team-high five ground balls.
The Eagles came out of the gate strong, putting up an early three-goal lead after DeSimone landed an unassisted goal in the third minute and Skowron hit both of hers for the day back-to-back within the first ten.
UMBC climbed back up to land within one after a pair of goals from Sara Moeller and Jennie Milligan, but a shot from DeSimone from Bootman gave the Eagles a two-point cushion heading into the final ten minutes of the half.
By the break, the Retrievers were back within one after a pair of quick goals from Carolyn Jamison in the final five minutes of the half.
The second half started in much the same fashion, with AU and UMBC going back-and-forth with back-to-back goals. Freshman Caitlin Schaefer got the scoring going within the first minute off of an assist from Bootman, followed by a free position shot by Hoon less than two minutes later.
UMBC's Sam Nolan responded with a pair of goals of her own before Breeze and Schaefer closed out the Eagles' scoring for the day, bringing AU's lead up to 8-6 heading into the final 15 minutes.
American was unable to respond, though, to a late scoring run by the Retrievers, who put up four unanswered points in the final 15 minutes of the game to close with the 10-8 win.
The Eagles will be back at Jacobs Field on Saturday, Feb. 22, with a noon draw against Drexel. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.