The American University lacrosse team was narrowly edged in Lewisburg, Pa., on Saturday afternoon, falling to Bucknell, 11-10. Sophomore midfielder Olivia Mangan led the way for the Eagles, scoring a game-high four goals while adding an assist and corralling three ground balls.
The Eagles (4-8, 0-4), entering the contest on a two-game winning streak, opened an early 5-1 lead, but the Bison (1-10, 1-4) stormed back with six-straight goals to take a 7-5 lead.
American was able to get one back before the end of the half though, making it a one-goal game after the first 30 minutes.
Bucknell built on its strong end to the first half, scoring three times midway through the second to go ahead 10-7. American continued to battle however, closing to within one by netting the final two goals of the game on scores by Alex Lugovina and Jamie Silverman, but AU could not find the equalizer in the closing minutes.
"It was a tough battle with a gritty Bucknell team," said head coach Emma Wallace. "We made numerous errors that Bucknell was able to capitalize on and we could not recover to pull out the win."
The Eagles outshot the Bison 24-21 and totaled nine free position shots to Bucknell's two. Rookie goalkeeper Jackie Ferri made seven saves, but was equaled by her counterpart, who made six of those stops in the second half.
Silverman and Jessica Wojciechowski each scored twice in the game but Bucknell's varied scoring attack saw seven Bison find the back of the net, led by Claire Switala's three goals.
The Eagles return to action this Tuesday, April 1, when they head south to take on regional foe, Virginia, at 7 p.m.