Lacrosse Kicks Off Patriot League Play Saturday vs. Holy Cross


The American University lacrosse team opens Patriot League play when it hosts Holy Cross on Saturday, March 16 at 12 p.m.

American (1-6, 0-0) is coming off a 16-4 rout of Coastal Carolina on Wednesday to snap a five-game losing streak to open the year. The Eagles went up 9-0 in the first 15 minutes and continued to roll as eight different players posted at least a point in the game. Emily Burton tallied a season-high five goals with Kimberly Collins and Julie McKay each adding a hat trick. Alex Lugovina led the team with five draw controls and Teal Harrison made seven saves in the victory.

Collins leads the Eagles with 23 points on the year, notching a team-high 17 goals with six assists, and owns a 30-game scoring streak dating back to 2011. Burton and Emily Maher lead American with seven assists apiece. Maher has collected a team-high 16 ground balls with 29 draw controls this season. Harrison owns a 13.83 goals against average as the starting goalkeeper.

Holy Cross (4-4, 1-0) opened Patriot League play with a 20-10 victory over Lafayette last Saturday before falling to Brown, 13-4, in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday. Maddie Carrellas recorded two of the Crusaders' tallies in the loss.

Sara Hennessey and Taylor Zebrowski lead the team with 23 points apiece this season. Hennessey has recorded a team-high 21 goals and two assists while Zebrowski has added 17 goals and six helpers. Corinne Caracausa leads the Crusaders with 18 ground balls collected and Laura Ryan has notched a team-best 23 draw controls. Sarah Weber has started all eight games in goal for Holy Cross and owns an 11.72 goals against average.

Holy Cross owns an 8-5 edge in the all-time series. The Crusaders picked up a 12-8 win last season in Worcester, Mass. with American registering a 7-5 victory at Jacobs Field in 2011.

The game will be broadcast live on Eagles Vision TV.