The American University lacrosse team dropped its second straight Patriot League game, being edged 9-7 at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.
"This was a close game that we couldn't finish," said Head Coach Emma Wallace. "We had a strong settled defensive effort but unfortunately we had too many turnovers that Holy Cross was able to capitalize on, especially in the clear. We look forward to getting back on track Wednesday against Navy."
Holy Cross (4-5, 2-0) struck first on a tally by Laura Ryan but Jessica Wojciechowski scored back-to-back goals two and a half minutes apart to give the Eagles the 2-1 edge. The Crusaders answered with a 3-0 run as Ryan notched her second of the day for the 4-2 lead with under 13 minutes to go.
Emily Maher added her first of the day for American (2-6, 0-2) and Olivia Mangan scored consecutive unassisted tallies to put the Eagles back on top, 5-4. Kate Martino found the back of the net with 3:18 to play to knot it up heading into the intermission.
Holy Cross came out of the break with three answered goals for an 8-5 advantage before Maher notched an unassisted score to put the lead back at two. Sara Hennessey gave the Crusaders back a 9-6 lead with five minutes to play. Maher completed a hat trick for American with 2:23 to play but the Eagles were unable to find the back of the net once again for the 9-7 final score.
Maher finished with three goals, two draw controls and two ground balls collected to lead American. Lauren Binstein, Jordan Harrington and Madison Hoon also registered two ground balls collected apiece. Terese Buechli and Alex Lugovina added two draw controls each. Jackie Ferri had eight saves between the pipes for the Eagles.
Ryan led Holy Cross with four points on two goals and two assists, also collected a team-high three ground balls. Martino had a team-best four draw controls for the Crusaders. Sarah Weber made eight saves as the starting goalkeeper.
Holy Cross held a 10-8 edge in draw controls and 16-12 advantage in ground balls collected for the game.
American opens a three-game homestand when it hosts Navy on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 3 p.m.