The American University lacrosse team couldn't overcome its halftime deficit as it dropped its third straight game, 17-5, to John Hopkins on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore, Md.
Johns Hopkins (5-0) struck first in the game but Emily Maher tied it up at 1-all on a tally 30 seconds later. The Blue Jays responded with seven unanswered goals to go up 8-1 with 13:20 to go in the first half. Olivia Mangan ended the run with a free position goal and Alex Lugovina scored her first of the day to put the score at 9-3 with 7:40 remaining. Taylor D'Amore scored her fifth goal of the day to spark another 3-0 run for Johns Hopkins as it took a 12-3 lead into the intermission.
The Blue Jays added another score at the start of the second half and Maher was able to notch her second of the day to bring American (1-4) within nine, 13-4. Johns Hopkins tallied three more unanswered goals before Lugovina posted her second score on a free position with 3:15 to play. Caroline Turco recorded the final goal of the game with 2:12 remaining for the 17-5 final score.
Lugovina, Maher and Mangan all finished with two points, with Mangan also registering one assist on the afternoon. Maher also led the team with two draw controls and two ground balls collected as Kara Carman and Mangan picked up two ground balls apiece. Ashley Dalisera made seven saves in the loss.
D'Amore finished with a game-high seven points on five goals and two assists. Sammy Cermack and Dene' DiMartino also posted hat tricks for Johns Hopkins. D'Amore recorded five draw controls and Cermack had five ground balls collected to lead the Blue Jays. KC Emerson had two saves as the starting goalkeeper.
Johns Hopkins held a 16-8 advantage in draw controls and 23-15 advantage in ground balls collected for the game.
American will look to bounce back when it travels to Emmitsburg, Md. to take on Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 5 at 4 p.m. The Eagles return to Jacobs Field to open Patriot League play on Saturday, March 8 at 12 p.m. against Boston U.