The American University lacrosse team dropped its season opener at High Point, falling 11-6 on Saturday afternoon.
"A strong defensive effort fell short as High Point capitalized on fast break opportunities in the second half," said Head Coach Emma Wallace. "We will need to focus on finishing opportunities in the offensive end and taking better care of the ball prior to our home opener. Jackie Ferri had 10 saves to keep us in the game."
American (0-1) struck first on a goal by Terese Buechli 46 seconds into the game. The Panthers answered with a free position goal by Sara Kuhlman but Jessica Wojciechowski had a response less than a minute later with a free position goal of her own for the 2-1 Eagles' lead.
Mackenzie Carroll notched two straight goals to give High Point (1-0) its first lead of the day, 3-2. Jordan Harrington tied it up less than two minutes later for her first tally of the year. The Panthers took a 5-3 advantage on goals by Clara Osmont and Kendyl Gardner 10 seconds apart but Jamie Silverman made it a one score game once again on a free position. Olivia Mangan found the back of the net with 1:53 remaining in the first half to send the teams into the break knotted at 5-all.
High Point scored two goals in the first minute of the second half and added four more unanswered tallies for an 11-5 advantage with 7:30 to play in the game. Buechli registered her second goal of the day on a free position with 27 seconds remaining for the 11-6 final score.
Harrington finished with one assist to join Buechli with a team-high two points. Silverman led the Eagles with four draw controls and Harrington collected a team-best four ground balls with Madison Hoon tallying three. Emily Maher and Mangan each posted three caused turnovers. Jackie Ferri made 10 stops in her collegiate debut.
Carroll finished with a team-high three goals while Jasmine Jordan added two as the Panthers held a 23-16 advantage in shots for the game. Julia Burns made six saves as the starting goalkeeper for High Point.
The Panthers held an 11-8 advantaged in draw controls while American held a 15-13 edge in ground balls collected.
The Eagles return to Washington, D.C. for its home opener on Sunday, Feb. 16 against Campbell at 1 p.m.