Game 4 · American (0-3) vs. Howard (0-0)
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 · 3:00 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Jacobs Field)
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WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team will close its four-game homestand on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. draw against Howard on Jacobs Field.
This is the first meeting between the Eagles and the Bison. AU will look to notch its first victory of the season with a 0-3 record while Howard is making its 2018 debut.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American has been led by a trio of underclassmen during the early part of the season, starting with freshman Emma Vinall's team-high seven goals, including a hat trick during her AU debut against Richmond. Sophomore Erica Skowron joins Vinall with seven points so far this season after scoring three goals and contributing a team-high three assists.
Freshman Peyton Smith (four goals, one assist) is third on the team for total points and is followed by senior Lexi Perez (four goals) and sophomore Izabella Jade (two goals, two assists) with four points each.
Junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier continues to lead AU in the cage after making her 300th career save last week against Central Michigan. She currently leads the Patriot League with 12.67 saves per game and ranks third with a .494 save percentage.
Vinall leads the team with 15 draw controls this season, averaging 5.0 per game to rank sixth in the league. She also leads the team with seven ground balls alongside Geier, Skowron, and junior Sydney Fry. Fry comes into the game after a great defensive effort against Detroit Mercy on Sunday where she earned career-highs in both caused turnovers (three) and ground balls (four).
AU is averaging 8.0 goals per game on 34.3 percent shooting. The team is 33.3 percent in free position opportunities after capitalizing on 4-of-12 in the first three games the season. The Eagles average 12.0 draw controls per game and are fourth in the Patriot League with 9.67 caused turnovers per game.
SCOUTING THE BISON
This will be the season-opener for Howard, who closed the 2017 slate with a 0-12 record. The Bison averaged 5.08 goals per game last season behind Natia Warren, who led with 27 goals. Warren also had a team-high 58 draw controls and ranked second on the team with 25 ground balls.
Faduma Sharif also highlights the key returners for the Bison this season. Sharif was second on the team with 14 goals and 24 draw controls and ranked first with 27 ground balls and 15 caused turnovers.
Goalkeeper Amerra Sheckles will return after leading the team with 135 saves (.365) last season and a 21.36 goals against average.
The Bison averaged 12.75 ground balls per game, 10.4 draw controls, and capitalized on 9 of 47 free position attempts.
The Eagles will face their first road game of the season on Saturday with a 4 p.m. start at UMBC before returning home for another four-game stretch starting on Tuesday, March 6, against Old Dominion. For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.