Harkins Scores Game-Winner to Lift @AU_Lacrosse

Eagle players line up for the National Anthem

MOUNT PLEASANT, MICH. – Leah Brennan finished with four goals and Casey Harkins netted the game-winner with 5:53 remaining and American University held on for an 11-10 win over host Central Michigan in a non-conference women's lacrosse game on Monday.

The Eagles are now 4-3 overall after winning their third straight. It marks AU's longest winning streak since the 2013 season, when it won five in a row.


Emma Vinall, Kendall Goldblum and Amanda Medjid each had two goals for the Eagles.

• Brennan also chipped in two assists to post a six-point afternoon. Brennan has scored nine goals in the past two games, including a five-goal performance last week against Howard.

• American led 3-1 in the first 10 minutes when the Chippewas went on a five-goal run. Brennan scored on a free-position shot to end the rally, but CMU made it 7-4 by scoring with 10:35 left in the half.

• Medjid, Vinall and Brennan then scored to pull the Eagles even, 7-7, at halftime.

• AU led 10-8 with 17 minutes left before Central tied the match with 9:59 left. Harkins then scored an unassisted goal to give the Eagles a lead they would hold over the final minutes.

Fiona Geier finished with 10 saves in the AU net.

• American held a 28-25 edge in shots.


"Both teams clearly arrived for this game fully prepared to counter the other, and it was a well-fought battle until the final buzzer," said AU head coach Jenna Petrucelli. "I think we won today because of discipline and work ethic, and those intangibles will continue to help us succeed."

American will close its Spring-Break trip to Michigan on Wednesday with a 1 p.m. draw at Detroit Mercy. From there, the Eagles will prep for their conference opener at Bucknell on Sunday, March 17.


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