The American University women's lacrosse team will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 24 when they travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross. The winner of Saturday's game will earn a bid into the four-team Patriot League Tournament, which will be played at the site of the regular season champion from April 30-May 2.
American (6-9, 3-2 Patriot League) is looking to build on the momentum of Sunday's 10-4 win over Davidson. Freshman Emily Burton recorded a game-high four points on three goals and an assist, while senior Lisa Schaaf matched her career-best with three goals for the Eagles. AU's four goals allowed were the fewest allowed since since May 1, 2004, when the Eagles defeated Bucknell, 17-3, in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals.
For the season, the Eagles are led offensively by senior Amanda Makoid, who has scored 30 goals and recorded 39 points, both of which are team-highs. She has registered 11 goals in the last four contests, and has eight multi-goal games this season. Sophomore Lauren Schoenberger is second on the team in points (37) and goals (22), while Chiara Speziale has made an impact as a freshman with 19 goals. She has been named Patriot League Rookie of the Week twice this season.
On the defensive end, sophomore Emma Larkin leads the Patriot League in caused turnovers (27 total, 1.80 per game), and is also tied for first on the team in groundballs (34). Sophomore Emily Stankiewicz has collected 34 groundballs as well, and leads the squad with 38 draw controls, good for fourth in the Patriot League. Senior Alyssa Romano has caused 17 turnovers on the season (1.13 per game), which is fifth-best in the conference.
Holy Cross (5-10, 2-3 PL) comes into Saturday's contest off a 13-4 win against Patriot League foe Lafayette last Saturday, April 17. The Crusaders are led offensively by sophomore Kat Sutton, who has scored 30 goals on the season, as well as senior Katie Gardner (24 goals). Gardner ranks third in the Patriot League in assists per game with 1.33. Defensively, junior goalkeeper Amy Martin is second in the conference in saves per game with 10.67.