Kimberly Collins scored a team-high four goals on Wednesday afternoon at Jacobs Field as the American University lacrosse team held on late to pick up a 7-6 win over Longwood in its final non-conference game of the season.
Collins' four tallies marked her ninth game with at least three goals and extended her scoring streak to 39 games, while Emily Maher notched the hat trick for the Eagles. Maher also recorded two draw controls and collected a team-best four ground balls. Teal Harrison posted 11 saves between the pipes.
American (8-8, 5-0 PL) took a 2-0 lead early on back-to-back goals from Collins and Maher before the Lancers answered with two straight scores to tie it up with 4:26 remaining in the first half. The Eagles were able to take time off the clock before Collins was able to convert on a free position shot with 15 seconds to play for the 3-2 advantage at the intermission.
Longwood (9-7, 4-2 Big South) tied it up early in the second half. Shannon Hurley collected the opening draw and Jamie Brentlinger found the back of the net just 35 seconds into the period. Brentlinger scored again to give the Lancers its first lead of the game, 4-3, after a caused turnover by Lauren Prasnicki but the Eagles were able to retake the lead on a free position goal from Collins and score from Maher off the dish from Olivia Mangan.
Brentlinger completed the hat trick on a free position goal to tie it at 5-all with 20:11 to play. Maher and Collins had an answer again for American with consecutive tallies for the 7-5 lead at 12:13. Katie McHugh was able to make it a one goal game, scoring with 3:43 to play, but the Eagles were able to hold off the equalizer as it picked up its second straight win, 7-6.
Brentlinger led Longwood with the hat trick and McHugh finished with two goals as the team held a 22-16 advantage in shots on the day. Sarah Butler registered four draw controls and Brentlinger added three ground balls. The Lancers held a 10-5 edge in draw controls for the game. Christian Acker made four saves as the starting goalkeeper.
American closes out the regular season and will look to complete its first undefeated Patriot League season in program history when it hosts No. 14 Navy on Sunday, April 21 at 12 p.m. on Senior Day. The game will be broadcast live on Eagles Vision TV.