The American University lacrosse team used a second half rally to close out its season with a 10-9 win over Colgate on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
"It was a really tough game and a really great game, just a great win for us to send our seniors out on a high note," said Head Coach Emma Wallace. "It was a solid day in the cage for Ashley Dalisera, she really stepped up and we were able to finish in the attack. My defense was extraordinary at the end of that game and I really couldn't be prouder of them."
Colgate (7-8, 4-4) struck first on an unassisted tally by Megan Ark just under two minutes in but the Eagles took the lead on consecutive goals by Olivia Mangan and Alex Lugovina 32 seconds apart. The teams traded scores before the Raiders notched four unanswered goals to take a 6-3 advantage with 14:57 to go in the first half. Jordan Harrington and Lugovina ended the run with back-to-back tallies a minute apart as Colgate went into the break with a 6-5 edge.
American (5-12, 1-7) carried its momentum into the second half, rattling off four more unanswered goals to take the lead for good. Jessica Wojciechowski ended the streak on a free position goal to give the Eagles a 9-6 lead with 14:38 remaining. Alison Flood found the back of the net for the Raiders on a free position but Mangan answered for American, completing a hat trick on an unassisted goal with 8:23 to go in the game. Colgate chipped away at American's lead in the final four minutes, but was unable to secure the equalizer as the Eagles held on for its first Patriot League win of the season, 10-9.
Three players tallied three points in the game for the Eagles with Mangan scoring a team-high three goals, Wojciechowski adding two goals and one helper and Harrington notching one goal and a team-best two assists. Madison Hoon led the team with three draw controls while Hoon and Emily Shields collected three ground balls apiece. Dalisera made nine saves between the pipes for American.
Ark finished with a game-high four goals and Flood recorded three points on two goals and one assist. Lauren Gorajek posted four draw controls and Jennie Berglin collected three ground balls and made four saves for the Raiders.
"The seniors did an incredible job all season and it's been a tough year for us as a program. I couldn't be prouder of the way that they've shown up every single day to go to work and get better and I think this end game has been a true testament to their effort all season. We're going to miss them tremendously, Alex, Emily Maher, Lauren Binstein and Nicole Lombardo, and we're glad to send them out on this note," said Wallace.
Colgate held a 21-19 advantage in shots and 11-10 edge in draw controls. The Eagles had a 13-12 edge in ground balls collected for the game.