Amanda Makoid netted four goals for the American University women’s lacrosse team, but it was not enough as the Eagles came up on the short end of a 17-12 decision at Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon in Blacksburg, Va.
Virginia Tech (5-9) set the tone early, scoring nine of the first 10 goals in the first 23 minutes of the game to take control. The lone goal by American (5-9) during the stretch came off the stick of Makoid. The Eagles, however, responded with the final four goals of the half to cut the halftime deficit to 9-5. Emily Stankiewicz began the scoring run for AU, which was followed by a pair of goals by Lisa Schaaf and Makoid’s second of the game.
The Eagles kept the momentum at the start of the second half, as Makoid began the scoring less than two minutes in to cut the Hokies’ lead to 9-6. Emily Burton followed 15 seconds later to get the Eagles within two, 9-7, with 28:01 to play.
But that is as close as the Eagles would get. Virginia Tech converted the game’s next three goals to open up a 12-7 advantage before Samantha Marshall stopped the run for the Eagles. Minutes later, back-to-back goals from Chiara Speziale and Brit Ferguson trimmed Virginia Tech’s advantage to 13-10 with 17:41 to go. The Hokies, however, recorded four straight goals over the next 11-plus minutes to open up a 17-10 lead at the 5:51 mark.
Maeve Koch and Makoid registered late goals for American, but it was not enough, as Virginia Tech came away with the 17-12 home victory.
Makoid led the Eagles with five points on four goals and an assist. This marks the third time this season the senior has matched her career-best with four scores, and she has now scored 10 goals in the last three games. Additionally, Makoid recorded a game-high seven groundballs and tied a team-high with three draw controls.
Schaaf was also productive on the offensive end for the Eagles, registering a career-high-matching four points on two goals and two assists.
The Hokies were paced by Morgan Widlake, who recorded a game-high six goals and also added two assists.
The Eagles will return to action on Sunday, April 18 when they host Davidson in their final home contest of the season. AU’s five senior student-athletes will be honored in a pregame Senior Day ceremony.