WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team is set to close a two-game homestand on Wednesday, as the Eagles host Loyola Maryland at 3 p.m. at Jacobs Field.
AU is still chasing its first Patriot League win of the season after falling in the first two conference contests against Colgate and Lehigh. The Eagles are 2-7 overall and 0-2 in the PL as they make the turn into the second half of the 2017 schedule. Loyola Maryland, who was picked first in the Patriot League preseason poll, enters the midweek matchup with a 3-6 overall record, 2-0 in the PL.
The Eagles are 0-18 against the Greyhounds since the teams first met in 1992.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Junior Jennifer DeSimone put up a career-high five goals to lead the Eagles in a tight battle against Lehigh on Saturday, March 25. A back-and-forth first half kept AU within two after the first half, but a second-half run gave the Mountain Hawks the final edge to close with the 14-10 win over American.
DeSimone leads the Eagles' overall scoring efforts with 22 points (22 goals) for the season, followed by senior Sarah Bootman who has already tallied a new career-high with 16 points (ten goals, six assists) after the first nine games.
Two freshmen have also emerged as difference makers during the first half of the season, as Erica Skowron ranks third on the team with 15 points (ten goals, five assists), followed by the 12 points from Caitlin Schaefer (nine goals, three assists).
Senior Madison Hoon continues to impact the team on both ends of the field with her 12 points (eight goals, four assists) so far this season, along with team-highs in draw controls (36), ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (18).
Sophomore goalkeeper Fiona Geier has recorded double-digit saves in all but three games this season and holds a 12.86 goals against average off of a 47.1 save percentage.
SCOUTING THE GREYHOUNDS
Loyola boasts one of the strongest schedules in the country after opening its campaign with five-straight nationally ranked opponents, including two top-ten teams with No. 3 Florida and No. 6 Penn State. The No. 1-ranked team in the Patriot League preseason poll, Loyola comes into the season with three consecutive league titles and are undefeated in the conference for both regular season and tournament play over the last three years.
The Greyhounds enter the midweek contest off of a 16-11 win over Boston University, where they were led by a four-goal effort from senior Cami Whiteford and a pair of hat tricks from sophomore Sabrina Tabasso and junior Frankie Kamely.
Whiteford leads the Greyhounds for the season with a career-high 29 points (22 goals, seven assists), followed by sophomore Hannah Powers who has 23 points (16 goals, seven assists) after nine games.
Defensively, senior Bailey Mathis leads the team with 17 ground balls this season while senior Amy Abdalia holds the top spot with 11 caused turnovers. Sophomore Taylor VanThof has a team-high 44 draw controls for the season.
The Eagles will be back on the road this weekend with an April 1st trip to Lafayette. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.