SCHEDULE UPDATE: Saturday's game against Holy Cross, originally listed at 1 p.m. on the schedule, will now start at noon.
WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team is returning home one final time on Saturday, as the Eagles prepare for a noon draw against Holy Cross to close out the 2017 home schedule.
Both teams enter the midday matchup with one Patriot League win under the belts, as American (3-11, 1-6 PL) and Holy Cross (6-9, 1-6 PL) tallied wins over Army earlier in the season.
The 18-game series between the Crusaders and Eagles dates back to 2002, when the Eagles beat out Holy Cross during an early season home contest, 10-6. Since then, Holy Cross has gained the 12-6 edge over AU with the last Eagle victory coming out of the 2013 season when American overcame the Crusaders, 16-8, in the regular season.
SENIOR and ALUMNAE DAY
Saturday's game will also be the team's senior and alumnae day celebration as five Eagles prepare to close their collegiate careers at American University - Sarah Bootman, Kayla Flynn, Madison Hoon, Shauna Norris, and Daniella Pino.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
American returns home after falling to the second-ranked team in the league, Navy, with a 21-8 final score. Senior Madison Hoon was one of five Eagles to contribute to the scoresheet for AU, tallying her third hat trick of the season to lead the team. Senior Sarah Bootman put up a team-high four points off of one goal and three assists while junior Jennifer DeSimone added another two goals and sophomore Sam Breeze and freshman Izabella Lopez contributed one each.
Hoon led the team across the board with three ground balls, four draw controls, and two caused turnovers. Senior Kayla Flynn also contributed three ground balls along with one draw control.
As has been the story throughout the season, DeSimone leads the team's overall scoring efforts with 40 points off of 37 goals and three assists. Bootman follows with a career-high 33 points through 14 games, hitting 20 points and 13 assists.
Hoon leads on the other end of the scoresheet, bringing down team highs in draw controls (49), ground balls (37) and caused turnovers (23).
Sophomore goalkeeper Fiona Geier leads the team in the cage with a .433 save percentage.
The Eagles average 8.07 goals per game off of a .368 shooting percentage.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
Holy Cross is also coming off a loss after they dropped a close matchup against Boston University on Wednesday, 10-9. Audrey Mandaro and Kerianne Moran led the Crusaders with two goals each while five players contributed one apiece including Mary Patalita, who led the team with three points after feeding in a pair of assists.
Goalkeeper Julia Maloney hit a new career-best with 15 saves after recording a .600 save percentage against the Terriers.
Patalita leads the team with 32 points (23 goals, nine assists) for the season, followed by Maddie Ward with 30 points (22 goals, eight assists) and Tess MacKay with 29 points (27 goals, two assists).
Anna Johnson has team highs in both draw controls (48) and caused turnovers (26), and ranks second in ground balls (33) behind Julia Maloney's team-high 34.
The Crusaders average 9.07 goals per game off of a .381 shot percentage.
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.