WASHINGTON – Unable to overcome a late first-half 5-0 run by the visiting Terriers, the American University lacrosse team dropped a 14-4 decision to Boston University in its Patriot League opener on Tuesday afternoon.
With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3-5 overall on the season and 0-1 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers improved to 2-3 overall and 1-0 in the league.
American was first to get on the board with a goal from sophomore Jennifer DeSimone midway through the first half, while freshman Sam Breeze gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the period.
BU tallied its first goal of the game on its next possession, capitalizing on a free-position attempt. The Terriers scored the equalizer with 5:52 left in the first half while taking the lead with a goal at the 2:04 mark. BU added two more scores in the final 15 seconds of action to go into the intermission with a 5-2 advantage.
The Terriers carried their momentum into the second half, scoring the first three goals of the stanza. Junior Shauna Norris and DeSimone tallied back-to-back scores for the Eagles to cut the margin to 8-4, but BU went on another run, outscoring American 6-0 over the final 17 minutes of action.
BU dominated on draw controls, winning 16-of-19 for the game, and made the most of its free-position opportunities, scoring on 5-of-7 free-position attempts. Meanwhile, the Eagles were 0-for-6 on free-position attempts, as Terrier goalie Caroline Meegan came up with 14 saves in the contest.
"One highlight for us was (junior defender) Kayla Flynn and her effort—she's one who prepares well for these games, and I think it showed today with some caused turnovers and her clearing was pretty decent," said American head coach Emma Wallace.
"We just made too many mistakes today and let them pile on top of each other. We were pretty thin in the midline and I think that showed today. We just deviated from our game plan and got in a hole that was too deep to come back from.
"We'll get back to the drawing board and try to fix things for Saturday."
The Eagles conclude their three-game homestand on Saturday, March 12, when they host Old Dominion in a non-conference matchup at 1 p.m.