WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team will close out a two-game homestand on Saturday, April 15, with 1 p.m. Patriot League contest against Army West Point.
Both teams are looking to break a five-game skid on Saturday, as the Eagles enter the game with a 2-10 overall record, 0-5 in the Patriot League. The Black Knights are also 0-5 in the conference and hold a 4-9 record for the season.
Army is the youngest program in the league, entering only its second season as a varsity sport. The Eagles beat out the Black Knights during their debut season in 2016, 12-9.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American nearly overcame a five-goal halftime deficit against Bucknell on Saturday, scoring five goals in the second half to the Bison's one, but fell just short with a 9-8 final score.
Senior Sarah Bootman led the Eagles with a career-high five points (four goals, one assist), followed by a four-point effort from junior Jennifer DeSimone, who tied her career-high with three assists. Senior Madison Hoon and freshman Izabella Lopez rounded out the scoring efforts for American with two goals and one goal, respectively.
DeSimone leads AU's overall scoring efforts with 33 points (30 goals, three assists) after 12 games. Bootman holds the No. 2 scoring position with a career-high 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) so far this season, followed by Madison Hoon's 21 points (15 goals, six assists).
A pair of freshmen round out the top five scorers for American, with Erica Skowron contributing 16 points (10 goals, six assists) and Caitlin Schaefer adding another dozen (nine goals, three assists).
On the defensive end, Hoon leads the way for the Eagles with team-highs in caused turnovers (19), ground balls (31) and draw controls (43).
SCOUTING THE BLACK KNIGHTS
Army West Point is also looking for its first league win of the season after the team fell to Lehigh, 8-15, on Saturday. Six Black Knights contributed to the team's scoring efforts behind the two-goal performances from Samantha Stewart and Manuela Cortes.
Cortes and Rachel Hornick lead the team with 39 points so far this season, followed by Amy Johnston's 32 points. Johnston also leads the team with 51 draw controls.
Maddie Burns has a team-high 25 ground balls, while Shelby Lindsay leads with 19 caused turnovers.
SENIOR AND ALUMNI DAY
The Eagles will return home one final time on Saturday, April 22, to host Holy Cross for Senior and Alumnae Day. There, five Eagles will prepare to close their collegiate careers as seniors Sarah Bootman, Kayla Flynn, Madison Hoon, Shauna Norris and Daniella Pino celebrate their four years at AU.
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