@AU_Lacrosse Closes Season with Loss at Lehigh

Team during the National Anthem before Holy Cross

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The American University lacrosse team closed out one of its winningest seasons in recent history on Friday with a loss at Lehigh, 20-3.

The Eagles finished with an overall record of 7-10 (2-7 PL) under first-year head coach Jenna Petrucelli for the most wins since the 2013 season (8-10 overall).

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Emma VinallLeah Brennan, and Amanda Medjid scored the Eagles' three goals for the day with an assist from Casey Harkins.
  • Vinall's one point for the day bumped her up to 65 points on the season as she continued to reset the single-season program record, previously held by Gina Riitano since 2003 (62 points).
  • Brennan also improved on her record mark with a pair of draw controls as she closes her AU career with the program's single-season record in the category (77).
  • Kendall Goldblum led the team in the center circle, though, with nine draw controls.
  • Goalkeeper Fiona Geier collected 11 saves in her 54 minutes of play. Sarah Lowe also put in time between the pipes, adding one save in six minutes.
  • Lehigh was led by a five-goal effort from Kellie Gough and four goals from Courtney Henig. Sondra Dickey added the final hat trick of the day while six other players contributed to the final scoresheet.
  • Henig also added three assists for a game-high seven points. Six other players also pitched in assists as the Mountain Hawks closed with 10 assists on their 20 goals.
  • Dickey closed with a game-high five ground balls and a team-high six draw controls.
  • Three keepers put in time between the pipes for Lehigh, led by Samantha Sagi who claimed the win with seven saves. Claudia Hanover also picked up three saves on the day.
  • The Mountain Hawks picked up an early two-goal lead before Vinall got the Eagles on the board off a free position goal. Lehigh hit a four-goal run to spread the gap and, despite goals from Brennan and Medjid to end the half, entered the break with an 11-3 advantage.
  • The Eagles struggled to find their footing offensively in the second half and were held scoreless as Lehigh built its final 20-3 lead.

HEAR FROM COACH PETRUCELLI
"I'm extremely proud of every player in this program. We made strides this season that have set a foundation for ourselves to springboard off of and we will only look to grow and get better from here. I can't thank these girls enough for their heart and dedication. It was truly an impactful year in more ways than one, and it was a blast to be a part of."

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