The American University lacrosse team snapped its three-game skid, defeating Old Dominion, 13-11, on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
"Today's game was a gritty one but with a new offensive motion and steady defense we were able to hold off a tough ODU team," said Head Coach Emma Wallace. "We were able to lead going into the half and held onto the ball for the final six minutes to come out on top. Madison Hoon had her first hat trick and two critical draw controls, which were a major spark to our offensive efforts."
Jessica Wojciechowski scored in the first 18 seconds of the game to put American (3-7) on the board. The Monarchs answered and went up 4-2 on three unanswered tallies with 14:03 left in the first half. A goal by Madison Hoon sparked a 5-0 run for the Eagles as it took a 7-4 lead with 6:52 to play. Mary McCaleb closed out the scoring in the first half for Old Dominion as American went into the half with a 7-5 advantage.
Alex Lugovina notched back-to-back goals out of the intermission but a tally by Jessica Liberty cut the Eagles' lead back to three, 9-6, with 24:38 remaining. The Monarchs fought back, notching four straight goals to knot it up at 10-all with 17:19 to play.
Lugovina and Wojciechowski registered consecutive goals to put American back on top, 12-10, at the 16:27 mark. Liberty completed a hat trick to bring Old Dominion (3-6) within one, 12-11. Emily Maher was able to give the Eagles a two-goal cushion in the final 10 minutes as American's defense held the Monarchs without a goal through the remainder of the game for the 13-11 victory.
Lugovina notched five goals for American and Wojciechowski added five points on four goals and one helper. Jordan Harrington recorded three helpers in the game. Nicole Lombardo and Lugovina collected two ground balls apiece and Maher had a team-best three draw controls. Jackie Ferri made three saves as the starting goalkeeper.
Liberty and Ashmore Standing posted hat tricks for Old Dominion. Maggi Buckley had nine saves and collected a team-best four ground balls.
American held a 14-12 edge in draw controls and 28-20 advantage in shots. The Monarchs had a 12-11 edge in ground balls collected.
The Eagles return to Jacobs Field on Wednesday, Mar. 26 when it hosts George Mason at 4 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.