WASHINGTON – Izabella Jade, Emma Vinall and Amanda Medjid scored two goals apiece, but UMBC rallied to score in overtime and spoil American University's lacrosse season-opener, 9-8, on Wednesday at the Jacobs Complex.
The Retrievers rallied from an 8-5 deficit and forced overtime with no time left in regulation on a free-position goal from Brittany Levine. Grayson Corbett scored with 1:56 left in the overtime to give UMBC the game-winner.
• Erica Skowron also had a two-point day for the Eagles, posting a pair of assists.
• Fiona Geier finished with seven saves for American, including six in the first half to keep the game even despite an 18-14 edge in shots by the Retrievers.
• UMBC also had a late goal in the first half that tied the game at 4-4 going into halftime. Catherine Sims put the Retrievers up 5-4 just three minutes into the second half when AU got rolling.
• American scored three goals in a four-minute stretch, as Vinall, Jade and Leah Brennan each hit the back of the net to put the hosts up 7-5 with 20:27 to play.
• Medjid scored on a feed from Skowron with 13:37 left to give AU an 8-5 lead.
• Lily Kennedy scored on a free-position shot with 10 minutes left for UMBC, and Kelsey Weishaar brought the Retreivers within one with 2:33 to play.
• The match was the head-coaching debut for AU's Jenna Petrucelli, who had her team playing well. The Eagles out-shot UMBC 32-28, including 17-8 in the second half, and forced 20 UMBC turnovers.
The Eagles will be on the road for the first time this season on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a 1 p.m. contest at Old Dominion before returning home on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a 3 p.m. start against Howard.
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