WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team stretched to its longest win streak since 2013 as the Eagles came away with a 9-8 victory in overtime over Detroit Mercy (1-5) on Wednesday for their fourth consecutive win.
The season-opening 5-3 run is the best nonconference record for AU since 2011 when the Eagles went 6-4 outside of league play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kendall Goldblum opened and closed the game for American, hitting the game-winner in the final minute of extra time after putting AU on the board with a free position goal in the 21st minute.
- Amanda Medjid paced the Eagles, though, with her first hat trick of the season, putting away all three goals back-to-back to give the Eagles a 6-4 advantage at halftime.
- Casey Harkins, Izabella Jade, and Leah Brennan rounded out scoring for AU. Brennan also pitched in an assist along with Harkins and Peyton Smith.
- Goalkeeper Fiona Geier walked away with five saves in her 65 minutes in goal.
- Geier also picked up a team-high five ground balls while Brennan and Goldblum earned four draw controls each.
- Goldblum and Medjid paced the Eagles in the midfield with three caused turnovers each.
- The Titans were led by two-goal efforts from Elise Harder, Morgan Girardi and Kamryn Corraro. Lexie Kinmond and Kristina Ellis also added one goal each.
- UDM goalkeeper Allison McDonough picked up 12 saves on the day.
- The Eagles picked up an early advantage after a pair of goals from Goldblum and Harkins to open the game.
- A 3-0 run from UDM midway through the first half gave the Titans their first lead of the day before a quick series of goals from Medjid in the final 3:30 of the half put American back ahead at 6-4 heading into the break.
- The Titans played catch-up for most of the second half, landing back within one before Brennan's second goal of the day rebuilt the two-goal gap at 8-6 with 20 minutes left in regulation.
- The Eagles at 12 shots and two free position opportunities but failed to capitalize as UDM put away a pair of unanswered goals to tie the game at 8-8 by the final whistle.
- Neither team was able to get a shot off in extra time until Goldblum slammed one home under pressure with 38 seconds left on the clock.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH JENNA PETRUCELLI
"We're really confident going into Patriot League play coming out of today's win. We've worked really hard to be able to win a fifth game in the nonconference season, and we're excited to return home!"
The Eagles will open Patriot League play on the road with a trip to Bucknell on Sunday, March 17. AU will return home on Saturday, March 23, to host Army West Point at 1 p.m.
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