BALTIMORE, Md. – Unable to overcome its first-half deficit, the American University lacrosse dropped a 16-10 non-conference decision to 15th-ranked Johns Hopkins on Wednesday at Homewood Field.
Sophomore Jennifer DeSimone tallied a career-high four goals to lead the Eagles, who fell to 0-2 on the season. Meanwhile senior captains Olivia Mangan and Jessica Wojciechowski each added two goals and an assist.
Dene' DiMartino led Johns Hopkins with five goals, while Emily Kenul added three goals and an assist.
The Blue Jays got out to a quick start, taking a 6-0 lead just over 11 minutes into the contest. Junior Madison Hoon put the Eagles on the board with a score at the 12:44 mark, while Wojciechowski added a man-up free-position goal a minute later. However, JHU closed out the first half on a 5-2 run to take an 11-4 lead at the intermission.
DeSimone opened the scoring in the second half, tallying a free-position goal with 23:52 on the clock, but Johns Hopkins answered with three straight goals to gain their largest advantage of the game, a 14-5 advantage with 17:46 remaining.
The Eagles rallied late in the period, outscoring the Blue Jays 5-1 in a stretch of five minutes to cut the margin to 15-10 with just over six minutes remaining. However, American was unable to get back on the scoreboard and JHU closed out the game with a man-up goal in the final two minutes.
Johns Hopkins outshot American 35-20 for the game, including a 20-7 margin in the first half alone. Freshman goalkeeper Fiona Geier came up with nine saves for the Eagles, while the Blue Jays registered six saves in the game.
"Although a rally in the second half was not enough to close the gap, we gained confidence as a team today," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "Our attack was able to turn on the production with Jen DeSimone contributing four goals. Our defense improved on the clear and we were able to convert defensive stops into goals.
"We are looking forward to building on this for our home opener on Saturday."
The Eagles return to action on Saturday, Feb. 20, when they host Saint Joseph's in their home opener at 1 p.m.