NORFOLK, Va. - The American University lacrosse team tabbed its first win of the 2017 season on Saturday, March 11, after a six-goal second half lifted the Eagles over 2016 Atlantic Sun Champions, Old Dominion, 11-10.
AU now sits at 1-5 heading into the final nonconference game of the regular season, while the Lady Monarchs fall to 3-3 overall.
Senior Sarah Bootman led American with a career-high performance, putting away three goals and an assist for four points for the afternoon. A trio of Eagles followed as freshman Erica Skowron, senior Madison Hoon and junior Jennifer DeSimone each added two goals to the final score, and freshmen Caitlin Schaefer and Amanda Medjid contributed one apiece.
Junior Lexi Perez helped lead the Eagles' defensive efforts, grabbing four ground balls. Skowron also continued putting up good numbers in her debut season, adding a team-high three draw controls to her two-goal tally.
Connor Carson led the way for the Lady Monarchs with three goals, followed by Sophia Richie (2), Katie Miller (2), Natalie Ledwitz (1), Lauren Irvine (1) and Morgan Marrale (1). Ledwitz and Mary Maloney each tallied three ground balls, and Richie grabbed three draw controls.
American put up 23 shots against Old Dominion's 31, and went 1-of-6 for free position shots.
"Today was a great team effort to secure the win," Head Coach Emma Wallace said. "Sarah Bootman had a career day adding to a broad scoring spread, and Erica Skowron providing the game-winning goal was huge."
"Going into the game, we knew we needed more shots, more movement, and better patience offensively," Wallace continued. "We spent the majority of the week working on these three things, and I think the work paid off today. Our defense had an outstanding second half. We look forward to next week with CCSU on Wednesday and then the start of league play."
The Eagles were the first to get on the board with a quick goal from Bootman off of an assist from Schaefer within the first 30-seconds of the game. The Lady Monarchs struck back with a quick pair of goals from Connor Carson to give ODU the lead that they would hold until the final three minutes of regulation.
By the end of the first half, Bootman added two more goals for the Eagles, including one from an assist from Hoon, and Schaefer netted the team's only free position goal. The Eagles trailed Old Dominion by four, though, after the Lady Monarchs went on a 6-3 run to bring the score up to 8-4 at the break.
The Eagles closed that gap to three within the first two minutes of the second half after an unassisted goal from Hoon brought the score up to 5-8. From there, it went back-and-forth with Old Dominion bringing the gap back up to four off of an unassisted goal from Richie.
Medjid put her only point on the board off of an assist from Bootman, followed by Old Dominion's tenth and final goal of the afternoon. The Eagles dominated the final 15 minutes of regulation, putting away four unanswered goals to tie the game with three minutes left on the clock.
The game looking like it was going to go into overtime, the Eagles made the most of their final possession, as Skowron hit her fourth goal of the season to clinch the win with only 23 seconds remaining.
American will return home to close out its nonconference schedule against Central Connecticut State at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.