WASHINGTON – Led by three points from senior captain Jessica Wojciechowski, the American University lacrosse team picked up a 7-5 home victory over Wagner Saturday at Jacobs Field.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 2-3 on the season, including 2-0 at home, while the Seahawks fell to 0-3.
Wojciechowski registered two goals and an assist for American, while sophomore Jennifer DeSimone and junior Shauna Norris each added two goals. Senior captain Olivia Mangan also scored multiple points for the Eagles, finishing with a pair of assists.
Shea Gegan led the Seahawks with two goals.
American got on the scoreboard less than two minutes into the game, as junior Madison Hoon found the back of the net with a feed from Mangan. Minutes later, Wagner scored the equalizer with a free-position goal and took the lead with another free-position score at the 10:57 mark in the first half.
The Seahawks' lead was short-lived as Norris recorded back-to-back goals, her first of the season, to spark a 4-1 American run at the end of the first half. Wojciechowski capped off the run with a free-position goal as time expired to give AU a 5-3 lead at the intermission.
Wagner scored the first two goals of the second half to tie the game with 15:59 to play. However, DeSimone put American back on top with a pair of scores, and the Eagles held off the Seahawks for the final 10 minutes of action.
American outshot Wagner 22-11 for the game, including a 15-6 edge in the first half, and was 15-of-17 on clears. Both goalkeepers had solid efforts, with freshman Fiona Geier registering six saves for the Eagles and Katie Ferraro recording eight saves for the Seahawks.
"I think we really took our UMBC loss to heart, specifically on the defensive end," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "We wanted to hold [Wagner] to 10 or below in terms of goal scoring, which we accomplished today. We had a really good mark-up on [Gegan], who is their go-to player, and we cleared efficiently.
"On attack, I think we could have put it a couple more goals—their goalie had a good day. All in all, we were really good all over the field. I'm really proud of how our team played today."
The Eagles are back on the road for their next contest, visiting Mount St. Mary's on Wednesday, March 2, for a 4 p.m. game.