PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – A strong offensive effort fell just short for the Eagles, as the American University lacrosse team dropped a 13-12 decision at Saint Joseph's in triple overtime on Wednesday.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 1-1 on the season, while the Hawks improve to 1-1.
American held a 4-3 lead in the first half before Saint Joseph's tallied five goals in just over four minutes to pull ahead with just over five minutes remaining in the period. The Eagles were able to score two more goals before the intermission, including a free-position goal by Hoon with four seconds on the clock to cut the Hawks' lead to 8-6 at the half.
Saint Joseph's added two more scores early in the second half to push its advantage to four goals, but AU was able to battle back. After cutting their margin to one, the Eagles tied the score at 11-11 on a goal from Hoon with 1:06 remaining in regulation.
In overtime, Saint Joseph's struck first, scoring with 3:40 remaining. However, a free-position score by Wojciechowski with 38 seconds on the clock sent the game into sudden victory.
After six minutes of scoreless action in the second overtime period, the game went to another sudden victory period. This time, the Hawks were able to break through, scoring the gamewinner just under three minutes into the stanza.
"It was a tough loss against a rebuilt Saint Joseph's squad," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "We came back from a deficit at the half to send the game into three periods of overtime, but it was not enough to overcome the stellar play of their goalie.
"Our defense held SJU to three goals in the second half and our offense had another great showing today."
The Eagles outshot the Hawks, 37-27, and scored on 6-of-12 free position attempts. However, goalkeeper Nora McGeever was outstanding for Saint Joseph's, finishing with 22 saves.
American returns to action on Saturday for a non-conference contest at Richmond, slated to begin at 11 a.m.