WASHINGTON – In its final home game of the season, the American University lacrosse team was unable to overcome a second-half run by Navy, falling to the Midshipmen 14-9 on Wednesday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
Navy (10-5, 5-2) scored seven straight goals over an 11-minute stretch to pull ahead and stay ahead, as American dropped to 5-11 overall and 2-6 in the Patriot League.
Senior captain Jessica Wojciechowski tallied three goals and an assist to lead the Eagles' offense, while senior Olivia Mangan added two goals and an assist. Junior Madison Hoon and sophomore Jennifer DeSimone each finished with two goals for AU as well.
Meg O'Donnell had four goals to lead the Mids, while Jenna Collins (3g, 1a), Morgan Young (3g, 1a), Julia Collins (2g, 2a) and Katie Gallagher (2g, 2a) each recorded four points.
Navy was the first to get on the scoreboard, scoring just over a minute into the contest, while American had a quick response with Wojciechowski's first score of the game at the 27:29 mark. The Mids went on to score the next three goals before taking a 5-2 lead midway through the first half.
After an American timeout, the Eagles came back on fire, going on a 4-0 run to pull ahead for its first lead of the contest with a tally by Hoon. However, Navy tied the score at 6-6 with a man-up free-position goal in the final two minutes of the opening period.
Wojciechowski put American back on top with a score at the 27:27 mark in the second half, while Mangan gave the Eagles a two-goal cushion less than two minutes later. However, Navy went on a 7-0 run, sparked by three straight free-position goals, to pull ahead.
Hoon ended AU's scoring drought with seven minutes remaining in the contest, capitalizing on her own free-position attempt. However, the Mids were able to run out the clock down the stretch and added another score with just over a minute to play.
Navy outshot American 30-23 and owned a 17-8 advantage on draw controls. The Mids also converted six of their nine free-position shots, while the Eagles were just 1-of-3.
"Today fouls really put us in a bad position," said American head coach Emma Wallace. "Navy capitalized on their free-position shots, getting six of their goals off our fouls on the defensive end.
"On attack, we had a better day in terms of our goal scoring, but I think we needed a little more movement and better shots in the second half when we got tired. It was evident that we ran out of steam and weren't able to convert our opportunities in the second half."
American wraps up the season this Saturday, April 23, when it visits Holy Cross in a 1 p.m. contest.