The American University lacrosse team suffered its fourth consecutive loss, falling at No. 14 Loyola (Md.), 18-5, on Wednesday night in Baltimore, Md.
"We were outgunned by one of the most athletic and skilled teams we have faced this season," said Head Coach Emma Wallace. "We took advantage of our time of possession and had numerous defensive stops. Unfortunately we were not able to wrap in as many draws to maintain control of the ball."
Loyola (10-4, 6-0) remained unbeaten in its first season in the Patriot League and Taryn VanThof put the Greyhounds on the board in the first minute. Olivia Mangan answered for the Eagles less than three minutes later but Loyola rattled off nine unanswered tallies for the 10-1 lead with 10:39 remaining in the first half.
Jessica Wojciechowski and Alex Lugovina ended the streak with consecutive goals as Jamie Silverman added an assist on both scores. Molly Hulseman closed out the scoring in the first half, finding the back of the net with 4:40 to go to give the Greyhounds an 11-3 lead heading into the intermission.
Emily Maher notched the first goal of the second half for American (4-11, 0-6) but Loyola responded once again with three straight scores to take a 14-4 lead. Madison Hoon slipped a shot past Taylor Caldwell on a free position with just over 10 minutes to play. The Greyhounds scored four more unanswered goals to close out the game for the 18-5 final score.
Silverman had a team-high two points on a pair of assists. Four players tallied a draw control in the loss and Lauren Binstein, Jackie Ferri and Olivia McCarthy collected three ground balls apiece. Ferri matched her career mark with 10 saves in the game.
Annie Thomas posted a team-best seven points, notching five assists, and Marlee Paton led Loyola with five points on three goals and two assists. Maddy Blakeman and Sydney Thomas also completed hat tricks for the Greyhounds. VanThof registered nine draw controls and Paton collected three ground balls. Molly Wolf made seven saves as the starting goalkeeper.
Loyola had a 34-13 advantage in shots, 21-4 advantage in draw controls and 15-14 edge in ground balls collected.
The Eagles continue conference play on Sunday, Apr. 13 at 1 p.m. when it travels to Lehigh. The game will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.