WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team (6-6, 1-3 PL) closed with three hat tricks, but it wasn't enough to combat a 6-0 first-half run from Lafayette (5-6, 1-3 PL) as the Eagles fell to the Leopards on the road, 15-11.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kendall Goldblum was back atop the scoresheet for the first time since the win over Presbyterian (March 2), scoring four goals to earn her fifth hat trick of the season.
- Emma Vinall and Izabella Jade also closed with hat tricks, scoring three goals each, while Leah Brennan added one goal.
- Casey Harkins pitched in a team-high three assists while Brennan, Peyton Smith, and Amanda Medjid added on each.
- Brennan and Goldblum led the squad in the circle with six draw controls each.
- Fiona Geier closed the game with eight saves.
- Lafayette was also led by a four-goal effort from Emma Novick, who also pitched in an assist for a game-high five points. Jen Rowan followed with three goals while six other players contributed to the final tally.
- Katie DeMarino brought down a team-high five draw controls.
- Quinn Lacy guided Lafayette from goal with 12 saves.
- The Leopards held the advantage in draw controls, 15-13, ground balls, 19-12, and shots, 32-29.
- American picked up an early lead after a goal from Jade in the first 30 seconds sparked a 3-0 run with goals from Vinall and Goldblum within the first three minutes of play.
- Lafayette found its footing midway through the first half as a free position goal from Novick sent the Leopards on a deadly 6-0 run to pick up a 7-4 lead with two minutes left in the half.
- Goldblum put away her second goal to try and swing momentum back in the Eagles' favor, but Lafayette responded in kind with a goal in the final 15 seconds of the half to send the teams into the break at 8-5.
- The Eagles chipped away at the Leopards' lead throughout the first 10 minutes of the second half before a goal from Brennan at the 22:05 mark brought AU back within one at 10-9. But another Lafayette run put the Leopards just out of reach after four unanswered goals rebuilt a five-goal deficit.
- Goldblum and Jade closed out the scoring for the Eagles to cut the final lead down to four goals at 15-11.
HEAR FROM COACH PETRUCELLI
"Today was a tough game. We knew Lafayette was athletic and that we would have to battle all over the field. The heart and hustle were there, but unfortunately we didn't execute the way we needed to. We have a lot of growing pains to still work through, but we're still confident and excited for the remainder of league play."
The Eagles will close out their two-game road stretch on Saturday, April 6, with a noon draw at Boston University before returning home on Saturday, April 13, for a 1 p.m. start against Colgate.
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