Lacrosse Set to Host Drexel in Noon Showdown

Lacrosse Set to Host Drexel in Noon Showdown

WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team will close out its two-game home stretch on Saturday, as they host Drexel at noon on Saturday on Jacobs Field.

The Eagles (0-3) are still hunting for their first win of the season after they fell to a late surge from UMBC on Feb. 22, 10-8.  The Dragons currently sit at 1-1 for the season after an early 8-1 lead against Columbia secured them the final 14-8 victory on Sunday, Feb. 19.

A pair of newcomers helped lead the way for the AU's scoring efforts against UMBC, with freshmen Erica Skowron and Caitlin Schaefer both putting up two-goal performances.  Junior Jennifer DeSimone contributed another pair of her own while sophomore Sam Breeze and senior Madison Hoon each added one.

Skowron also put up a team-high four ground balls alongside DeSimone, while Hoon had a team-high five draw controls.

DeSimone currently leads the team with seven points for the season, all coming from her three goal tally against No. 20 Johns Hopkins and her two against both Saint Joseph's and UMBC.  Hoon is second for the Eagles with six points off of five goals and an assist.  

Hoon, who holds the season record for draw controls with her 64 from the 2016 season, currently leads the team with 14 after the first three games of the season.  She also holds the top slot on the team with seven ground balls and ten caused turnovers so far this season.

The Eagles are averaging 7.0 goals per game off of 34.4 percent shooting.

Drexel notched its first win of the season on Sunday, Feb. 19, against Columbia with a 14-8 final score against the Lions.  Nadia Pelham-Lacey and Devin Nihill led the Dragon's offense tallying five points each.  Nihill led the team with four goals while Pelham-Lacey contributed three goals and two rebounds.  

Lisa Rogers also netted three goals, Caroline Thiele hit two, and Lauren Gerrie and Alex Beilman scored one each.  Eva Winiarski led the team with six draw controls, and was one of three players to pick up a pair of ground balls.

Pelham-Lacey currently leads the team with seven points out of their two games so far this season, putting up five goals and two assists.  Nihill follows with five goals of her own to land at six points after her assist against Columbia.

The Dragons average 10.5 goals per game off of 42.9 percent shooting.  

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