WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team returns home this week for a pair of nonconference matchups, starting with a 3 p.m. game against UMBC on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
The Eagles enter the game still looking for their first win of the 2017 campaign after kicking off the season with a pair of losses against No. 20 Johns Hopkins and Saint Joseph's. UMBC currently holds a 1-1 record, tallying its first win of the season against VCU on Saturday, Feb. 18, 20-10.
The Eagles haven't beaten the Retrievers since the 15-14 overtime victory in 2003. UMBC currently holds a 17-2 edge over AU and, since that 2003 loss, have been on a 12-game winning streak.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
The Eagles were led by a three-goal performance from senior Madison Hoon during their 15-7 loss at Saint Joseph's on Saturday, Feb. 18. Junior Jennifer DeSimone added another pair of goals, while senior Sarah Bootman and sophomore Brooke Stapleton each added one.
Bootman and freshman Erica Skowron led AU in assists with one each, while Hoon and senior Kayla Flynn had a team-high three ground balls each. Freshman Amanda Medjid brought down a team-high six draw controls, followed by Hoon with four.
Sophomore Fiona Geier has been getting the starting minutes for AU in goal, and currently holds a 36.4 save percentage with 12 so far this season.
Freshman Anastasia Freda has also seen some time in the net, clinching a couple saves in her first two games.
DeSimone leads the Eagles so far for the season with five goals and five points, followed by Hoon with four goals and one assist for five points. Hoon also leads the team in ground balls (six) and draw controls (nine).
The Eagles are shooting 33.3 percent on 13-of-39 for their first two games of the season.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC enters the week after its first win of the season, beating VCU on Saturday, Feb. 18, 20-10. Sophomore Lauren McDonald led the charge for the Retrievers with a six-goal tally. Senior Sam Nolan followed with another five, and sophomore Sara Moeller contributed four goals and nine assists to lead the team with nine points.
Moeller currently ranks fifth in the early NCAA rankings for points per game (7.00), and is second with 4.50 assists per game.
The Retrievers average 12.5 goals per game off of a 46.3 shooting percentage (25-of-54).
The Eagles will return home on Saturday, Feb. 25, for a noon draw against Drexel. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.