BALTIMORE – Sophomore Jennifer DeSimone matched her career high with four goals, but the American University lacrosse team dropped an 18-7 road decision to UMBC on Wednesday afternoon.
Senior captain Olivia Mangan added a goal and three assists for the Eagles, who fell to 1-3 on the season. Meanwhile, the Retrievers improved to 2-1 on the year, led by Sam Nolan with four goals and three assists.
Mangan scored the first goal of the game to give American the early lead and a tally by DeSimone five minutes into the contest put the Eagles ahead 2-1. However, the Retrievers scored five straight goals to pull ahead before taking a 10-4 lead into the intermission.
A DeSimone free-position goal at the 25:19 mark in the second half cut the Eagles' deficit to five, but UMBC outscored American 8-3 in the period, including a 6-0 run, to pick up the double-digit victory.
The Retrievers outshot the Eagles 36-22 for the game, including 20-10 in the second half alone, while both teams recorded 11 saves.
"We did not find our rhythm on either end of the field today against a tough UMBC squad," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "Despite the loss, we had several excellent contributions. Madison Hoon was great on draw controls, Kayla Flynn came off the bench and added some much need intensity and Jen DeSimone had some nice goals.
"We look forward to being back on our home turf on Saturday."
The Eagles return home for their next game, as they host Wagner on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m.