SCHEDULE UPDATE: American's March 31st home game against Lafayette has been rescheduled to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25.
WASHINGTON - A late run by Army West Point proved to be too much for the American University lacrosse team as the Eagles fell to the Black Knights on Saturday, 17-8.
AU falls to 3-7 overall this season, 0-2 in the Patriot League, while Army breaks even at 1-1 in the league and 7-3 overall.
"We mounted a good comeback early in the second half, but couldn't come away with the draw toward the end of the game and Army was able to pull away," said head coach Emma Wallace.
Senior Lexi Perez led the Eagles with her second career hat trick (three goals) followed by sophomore Amanda Medjid with two goals and freshman Kendall Goldblum, sophomore Casey Harkins and senior Leah Brennan with one each. Sophomore Erica Skowron contributed the team's only assist for the day.
Junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier collected 10 saves.
A trio of hat-trick performances led Army's scoring efforts, starting with the game-high four goals from Samantha Stewart. Amy Johnston and Manuela Cortes followed close behind with three each while Jackie Brattan and Rachel Hornick each added two.
Maddie Burns led the team in the net with eight saves.
The Eagles kept pace with the Black Knights early in the game, matching Army goal-for-goal to tie the game three times in the first 20 minutes. Army controlled the final ten minutes of the half, though, hitting four unanswered goals to take a 7-3 lead heading into the break.
American came out strong in the second, hitting a 5-1 run to cut Army's lead down to one at 9-8 with less than 15 minutes left on the clock. But the Black Knights hit their tempo down the stretch, going on an 8-0 run to close the game with the 17-8 victory.
The draw circle proved to be the difference-maker down the stretch, as American pulled down only three draw controls to Army's 13 in the second half. The Black Knights also led the Eagles in ground balls, 18-3, and free position shots as they capitalized on 7 of 10 opportunities to AU's 1 of 3.
The Eagles will be back on the road on Wednesday with a 6 p.m draw at No. 8 Loyola Maryland. For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.