@AU_Lacrosse Continues Four-Game Homestand on Friday

Team huddle before Richmond (2/17/2018)

WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team is set to host Central Michigan University at 3 p.m. on Friday in the second of a four-game home series to kick off the 2018 season.

The Eagles are 0-1 so far after falling to Richmond in their season-opener, 13-6. The Chippewas also enter the game at 0-1 after they lost to Marquette, 19-7, on Feb. 16.

Freshman Emma Vinall paced AU with a hat trick to open her AU career last week. All three goals came during the final 10 minutes of play, including a thrilling final-second shot off an assist from sophomore Erica Skowron. Vinall was one of five players in the Patriot League to open the season with a hat-trick. 

Skowron led the team with two assists while sophomore Izabella Jade added one. Senior Lexi Perez, junior Brooke Stapleton, and freshman Peyton Smith also added to the scoresheet with one goal each.

Junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier picked up a team-high five ground balls, followed by four from Skowron, while senior Leah Brennen had a team-high two draw controls. Geier also came away with a game-high 14 saves.

The Eagles led the Spiders with 25 ground balls, but Richmond controlled the draw with 15 draw controls to AU's five. The Spiders also hit all three free position shots while the Eagles were held to 1 of five.

The Central Michigan lacrosse program is entering only its third season in 2018. The Chippewas were led by a hat trick from sophomore Tyra Prince in its first game out but still fell to Marquette, 19-7. Prince also led the team with two assists while Shannon Dyle and Emma Hamilton each contributed a pair of goals.

CMU was 7-10 overall last season, 4-6 in the conference. Junior Jocelyne Lemay led the team with 49 goals throughout the season while junior Riley Huda contributed 42 assists and 20 goals for a team-high 62 points. 

Junior Dominique Hamman and sophomore Hope Murray split time in the cage last season. Hamman led the pair with 85 saves and a 12.27 goals against average while Murray collected 84 saves for a 14.31 goals against average.

American will continue its homestand on Sunday, Feb. 25, with a noon draw against Detroit Mercy, then again on Wednesday, Feb. 28, with a 3 p.m. start against Howard. The Eagles will face their first road game of the season on Saturday, March 3 against UMBC. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.