WASHINGTON, D.C. – Freshman Emma Vinall scored three goals for American University, but Richmond got seven from Kim Egizi to take a 13-6 victory on Saturday in the Eagles' women's lacrosse season-opener at Jacobs Field.
Egizi, a senior for Richmond, had three of her goals in the first half, as the Spiders held a 6-0 halftime lead. The advantage grew to 10-1 with 20:32 to play on Egizi's fifth goal before American's offense began to click.
Vinall scored on a free-position shot with 8:42 left, and converted AU's final two goals of the game on assists from Skowron to earn the hat trick in her collegiate debut.
Junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier had 14 saves in the AU net.
American was outshot 33-23 in the game, but only by 15-13 in the second half. Richmond held a 15-5 advantage in draw controls.
American plays host to Central Michigan next Friday at 3 p.m. before hosting Detroit Mercy on Saturday at noon.