WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team will look for its first Patriot League win of the season this weekend, as the team heads to Easton, Pa., to take on Lafayette at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.
The Eagles are 0-3 in the league, 2-8 overall, after starting the conference schedule with losses to Colgate, Lehigh and Loyola Maryland. The Leopards, on the other hand, are one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the PL after they started with victories over Army, Colgate and Bucknell. Lafayette is 8-3 overall for the season.
Saturday will mark the 17th meeting between AU and Lafayette with the Eagles leading the series, 10-6. The Eagles come into the contest with two consecutive wins against the Leopards including an 11-10 victory in 2015 and a 15-12 win in 2016.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American put up a good second half fight against Loyola Maryland on Wednesday, March 29, but it wasn't enough to overcome an early deficit as the Eagles fell to the Greyhounds, 19-8.
Junior Jennifer DeSimone just missed out on another career-high with four goals to lead the Eagles, followed by senior Madison Hoon who tallied her second hat trick of the season with three goals and one assist for a season-high four points.
Hoon also leads the team's defensive efforts with 24 ground balls, 18 caused turnovers, and 37 draw controls.
Sophomore goalkeeper Fiona Geier continues to put in big minutes for the Eagles and is averaging 13.71 goals against with a 44.5 save percentage. Freshman Anastasia Freda has also seen some action in the cage, including a pair of saves against Loyola Maryland on Wednesday.
The Eagles average 7.6 goals per game with a 36.2 shooting percentage.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
Lafayette continued its undefeated streak with a 14-13 win over Bucknell on Wednesday, March 29. A trio of Leopards put away hat tricks to lead the team, starting with senior Kirsten Wilhelmsen who added another three assists for a game-high six points.
Sophomores Hannah Davey and Emma Novick also put away three goals while sophomore Amelia Heisler led the team with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Wilhelmsen leads the Patriot League with 59 points (44 goals, 15 assists) for the season, followed by 39 from Novick (30 goals, nine assists) and 34 from Jane Kirby (29 goals, five assists). Wilhelmsen also holds the No. 1 slot in the PL for goals per game (4.0), points per game (5.36) and shots per game (8.18).
Charlotte Rath currently sits as the team leader in ground balls (30), while Kristin Schaen leads with 51 draw controls.
The Leopards average 14.55 goals per game with a 41.3 shooting percentage.
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