WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team (7-9, 2-6 PL) closed out its 2019 home slate in style as the Eagles earned a decisive 17-13 win over Holy Cross (4-11, 2-6 PL) during Saturday's senior day celebration.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kendall Goldblum put up a career-high performance to lead the Eagles, scoring seven goals to just miss tying the program's single-game record, held by Eleni Vagelatos since 1996 (8). She added a pair of assists to close with nine points, a performance that would have earned her the top spot in the single-game record book if not for the 11 points earned by teammate Erica Skowron last season.
- It was a different story, though, for Emma Vinall as the sophomore put away four goals to bring her season point total up to 64, surpassing Gina Riitano's program record of 62 from the 2003 season.
- Leah Brennan and Casey Harkins each added a pair of goals while Brooke Stapleton and Amanda Medjid closed out scoring with one goal apiece.
- The Eagles pitched in assists on seven of their 17 goals, starting with a pair of feeds from Goldblum and Brennan, and one each from Harkins, Stapleton, and Medjid.
- Brennan and Goldblum also shared responsibilities in the center circle with a game-high eight draw controls each while senior defender Casey Aguilar-Gervase picked up a team-high four ground balls.
- Senior goalkeeper Fiona Geier capped off her final game at Jacobs Complex with nine saves.
- Seven players scored for the Crusaders, starting with two goals each from Keely Connors, Jolie Creo, Catherine Guanci, Izzy Grant, Audrey Mandaro, and Maggie Moriarty.
- Keely and Margaret Mitchell each brought down three draw controls while Juliana Kubler picked up a game-high six ground balls.
- Kubler also led the team in goal with nine saves in 43 minutes of play. Sophie Ochs put in another 17 minutes and came away with one save and five goals against.
- It was a back-and-forth battle for much of the game as the teams combined for 43 turnovers with 23 from the Eagles and another 20 from Holy Cross.
- AU held the advantage in ground balls, 27-24, and draw controls, 19-13.
- Holy Cross picked up its only lead of the day early in the game as a goal from Moriarty in the first minute opened scoring. Vinall opened an 8-0 run from the Eagles two minutes later as American took a controlling 8-1 lead within the first 10 minutes.
- The Crusaders found their footing for the rest of the first half, matching the Eagles goal-for-goal, but failed to break any closer as AU entered the break with a seven-goal advantage at 15-8.
- Both teams struggled to find a rhythm in the second half as a flurry of fouls and turnovers stymied the high-octane scoring from the first half. The Crusaders still managed to close the gap, though, outscoring the Eagles 5-2 in the final 30 minutes to end the game with the final four-goal margin, 17-13.
#1 Leah Brennan (Lorton, Va. / Hayfield Secondary), B.S. in health promotion and working toward her master's in health promotion management
#6 Casey Aguilar-Gervase (Frederick, Md. / Middletown), B.S. in applied statistics and working toward her master's in biostatistics
#13 Sarah Lowe (Hinsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central), B.A. in justice and law
#17 Fiona Geier (Huntington, N.Y. / Huntington), B.S. in health promotion, will return to earn her master's in health promotion management
#23 Sydney Fry (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton), B.S. in neuroscience
#24 Brooke Stapleton (East Norwich, N.Y. / St. Anthony's), B.S. in public health
The Eagles will close their 2019 regular season slate on Friday, April 26, with a 3 p.m. draw at Lehigh.
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