WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team will open up Patriot League play this weekend, as the Eagles travel to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate at noon on Saturday, March 18.
AU closed its nonconference schedule with a 2-5 record after notching a pair of back-to-back wins over Old Dominion (March 11) and Central Connecticut State (March 15). The Raiders enter their conference schedule on a two-game losing streak and holds a 3-3 overall record.
The Eagles hold a 7-13 record against Colgate, having not won a game against the Raiders since the 10-9 victory in 2014.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American survived a chilly midweek matinee against Central Connecticut State on Wednesday after a pair of hat tricks from junior Jennifer DeSimone and freshman Erica Skowron pulled the Eagles to a 12-9 victory at home.
Senior Sarah Bootman and freshmen Caitlin Schaefer and Amanda Medjid also contributed to the team's final tally, while seniors Madison Hoon and Fiona Geier led wth four ground balls and sophomore Sam Breeze brought down a team-high four draw controls.
DeSimone leads the Eagles with 17 points for the season, all from goals scored throughout the first seven games of the 2017 slate. Bootman follows with 13 points (seven goals, six assists), and a pair of freshmen are tied for third on the team with Schaefer and Skowron both tallying 11 points so far.
Senior Madison Hoon continues to lead the team with her 29 draw controls, 19 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.
Sophomore goalkeeper Fiona Geier currently holds a 45.5 save percentage with 66 stops so far this season.
SCOUTING THE RAIDERS
Colgate enters conference play off a pair of back-to-back losses, including a 14-9 result against Fresno State on Sunday, March 12. Senior Isabel Kreitler and sophomore Charlotte Redican led the team with two goals each while Kreitler added another assist to close with a team-high three points.
Junior Haley O'Hanlon leads the overall offensive efforts for the Raiders with 21 points for the season off of 15 goals and six assists. Kreitler follows closely with 20 points off of a team-high 16 goals and four assists. O'Hanlon and Kreitler are tied with a team-high 26 draw controls while sophomores Madeline Barcia and Asil Asfour both lead with 11 ground balls each.
For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.