Lacrosse Travels to Annapolis for Afternoon Matchup at Navy

Lacrosse Travels to Annapolis for Afternoon Matchup at Navy

SCHEDULE UPDATE: The April 22 home game against Holy Cross, originally listed at 1 p.m. on the schedule, will now start at noon.  The game will close out the home schedule for AU, and will also serve as the 2017 Senior and Alumnae Day.

WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team is back on the road this week with the short trip to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

American (3-10, 1-5 PL) is coming off its first Patriot League win of the season after the team outlasted Army West Point on Saturday, April 15, 12-7.  The Midshipmen (10-4, 5-1 PL), on the other hand, are on a five-game winning streak in the conference, with the league opener against Loyola Maryland being their only PL loss thus far.

THE SERIES
Navy holds a 10-1 edge over American in the 13-game series, which dates back to 2008.  The only win American has claimed over the Midshipmen came during the 2008 Patriot League Tournament when the Eagles advanced to the Championship game after a 17-15 semifinal win over Navy.  

SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU claimed its first conference victory of the season on Saturday with a 12-7 win over Army West Point.  Junior Jennifer DeSimone and senior Sarah Bootman controlled the Eagles' offense with a pair of five-point contributions.  

DeSimone tied her career-high with five goals followed by Bootman, who also tied her career-high with three goals and two assists for the afternoon.

A total of five Eagles contributed to the team's final point tally, with sophomore Sam Breeze putting away two goals and freshman Caitlin Schaefer and senior Shauna Norris each adding one.

DeSimone continues to dominate AU's scoring efforts with 38 points for the season off of 35 goals and three assists.  The junior currently ranks eighth in the league in goals per game, averaging 2.7 with three games left in the regular season.

Bootman, who has already reached career-highs across the board with 19 goals and ten assists so far this season, is No. 2 on the squad with 29 total points after 13 games.

Senior Madison Hoon remains a solid force on the defensive end, collecting team-highs in ground balls (34), draw controls (45) and caused turnovers (21).  Hoon currently sits at No. 4 in the PL for ground balls per game (2.5), is No. 8 for caused turnovers per game (1.6) and No. 10 for draw controls per game (3.2).

Sophomore goalkeeper Fiona Geier also sits within the league's top five rankings with her .437 save percentage (No. 4) and 8.85 saves per game (No. 3).  She has tallied 119 saves so far this season and holds a 13.2 goals against average.

SCOUTING THE MIDSHIPMEN
Navy sits tied for second in the Patriot League alongside Lafayette after a 15-14 win over Boston University on Saturday.  The Mids were led by a five-goal effort from Jenna Collins, followed by four goals from Meg O'Donnell.  Morgan Young added a career-high four assists while Julia Collins contributed a team-high 10 draw controls.

Navy leads the league with 15.5 goals per game, 7.4 assists per game and 22.9 points per game.

Jenna Collins leads the team for the season with 63 total points off of 43 goals and 20 assists.  She also ranks third in the conference with 4.5 points per game and 3.1 goals per game.  Kelly Larkin and Young follow closely at 59 points (32 goals, 27 assists) and 51 points (38 goals, 13 assists), respectively.

Julia Collins leads the team in the center circle with 69 draw controls so far this season while Jenna Collins has picked up a team-high 28 ground balls.

Goalkeeper Ingrid Boyum ranks second in the league with her 9.97 goals against average and sits at ninth in the PL with 5.2 saves per game.

SENIOR AND ALUMNAE DAY
American will return home for one final time on Saturday, April 22, to host Holy Cross at noon 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.

Admission to all AU home lacrosse games is free for fans and students.  For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.