RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore Kendall Goldblum scored a career-high five goals but the American University lacrosse team couldn't keep pace with a late run from Richmond and fell to the Spiders, 15-7, on Saturday.
The Eagles now fall to 1-2 overall while the Spiders continue on at 2-1 for the season.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior Amanda Medjid was the first to get the Eagles on the board, taking an assist from senior Leah Brennan to tie the score at 1-1 after Richmond took the early lead.
- The Spiders built up to a two-goal lead before Goldblum opened her scoring efforts, putting away back-to-back goals to knot the score at 3-3 less than 10 minutes into the game.
- Goldblum added two more to close the half with four, but a pair of unanswered Richmond goals put them ahead at 7-5 heading into the break.
- Goldblum put away her final two goals of the day early in the second half to keep the Eagles within two, but the Spiders dominated the final 20 minutes of play with a 7-1 run behind a hat trick from Madison Ostrick to close the game at 15-7.
- Brennan was the only Eagle to score during that final Richmond run as she slammed home her fourth of the season with 1:58 left on the clock.
- Mia Castagnero and Ostrick led Richmond with four goals each followed by three from Marissa Brown, two from Aly Fries and one from Reagan Williams and Lauren Kingsbury.
- Brown also added a pair of assists along with Geiersbach. Sciandra, Fries, and Kingsbury each pitched in one assist.
- AU senior goalkeeper Fiona Geier picked up 11 saves and closed with a .423 save percentage while Richmond's Megan Gianforte earned 10 saves and finished with a .588 save percentage.
- The two teams were even in the circle with 12 draw controls each while Richmond held the advantage in ground balls, 25-19, and caused turnovers, 13-8.
- The Spiders also capitalized on four of their 16 free position shots while the Eagles went only one for nine.
HEAR FROM COACH PETRUCELLI
"Richmond is a strong program and it was a battle on the field today. We were confident going into the second half at 7-5 that we would be able to continue with that momentum, but we struggled to get back on pace. There's a lot to learn and a lot of growth to still be made, but we're working through the kinks and are hoping to be better for it moving forward."
The Eagles will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, to host George Mason at 3 p.m.
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