WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team faced one of its toughest battles of the season on Saturday, April 22, falling to Holy Cross in the final home game of the season, 12-10.
The Eagles will enter their final game of the season with a 3-12 overall record, 1-7 in the Patriot League, while the Crusaders rise to 7-9 overall, 2-7 in the league.
Freshman Amanda Medjid led the Eagles with her first hat trick of her collegiate career, putting away all three in the final 20 minutes of the second half. Medjid also led the team with the only two assists of the game for AU, good for a career-high five points.
The Crusaders had a fairly even scoring day with nine players getting on the board behind the three-goal effort of Mary Patalita. Goalkeeper Julia Maloney led the team with five ground balls while Keely Connors had a game-high five draw controls.
The Eagles took the reins early in the game, putting up three unanswered goals within the first five minutes off of shots from Norris (two) and DeSimone. Holy Cross answered with a run of their own, gaining a one-point lead briefly at the 13-minute mark before Skowron capitalized on a player-up advantage after Avery Giorgio was sent to the sideline with a yellow card to tie the game at 4-4.
The teams went back-and-forth to close the first, with DeSimone adding her second to regain a one-point lead before Holy Cross' Baker Early tied the game at 5-5 with less than ten minutes to go. Hoon gave the Eagles a one-point edge heading into the locker room with a free position shot to bring the score up to 6-5.
The second half started with another 3-0 run, this time by Holy Cross as the Crusaders built up an 8-6 lead in the first ten minutes. Medjid cut that lead down to one with her first of three goals of the afternoon, scored off a free position shot.
A pair of AU freshmen tied the game up with ten minutes left in regulation after Skowron and Medjid hit quick back-to-back goals after a second yellow card forced Bootman to sit out for the remainder of the game. The Crusaders responded with a goal of their own before Medjid hit her third and final goal to tie the game up one last time at 10-10.
The final five minutes proved to be fatal for the Eagles, though, as Holy Cross netted the final two goals of the game to secure their 12-10 victory.
AU will close its season on the road as the team travels to Boston University on Saturday, April 29, for a 1 p.m. draw. For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.