WASHINGTON – The American University women's lacrosse team marked its second loss of the season on Friday after a late push from Central Michigan overcame a three-goal halftime deficit to close at 12-10.
The Eagles now fall to 0-2 for the season while the Chippewas break even at 1-1.
AU was led by sophomore Erica Skowron and freshman Peyton Smith, who both put away two goals and contributed an assist for a total of three points each. Freshman Emma Vinall, coming off a hat trick performance during the season opener against Richmond, also put up a team-high two goals.
Vinall brought down a game-high nine draw controls and joined Perez and junior Sydney Fry with three ground balls.
The Chippewas were led by a pair of hat tricks, starting with the four-goal effort from Shannon Doyle. Jocelyne Lemay added another three goals and an assist for four points, followed by two goals and an assist from both Jessica Schuchardt and Anna Schoonover. Tyra Prince added CMU's final goal while Natalie Karlen walked away with the team's fourth assist.
CMU led the Eagles with 33 shots, 26 shots on goal and 27 ground balls. AU brought down a game-high 11 draw controls and caused eight turnovers to the Chippewas' five.
The teams went back-and-forth throughout the first part of the first half, with Central Michigan taking an early lead after an unassisted goal from Schuchardt in the third minute. AU responded with a pair of quick goals from Jade and Goldblum to take a 2-1 lead within the first 10 minutes of play.
A pair of back-to-back goals from CMUs' Doyle put the Chips back ahead at 3-2 with 20 minutes remaining in the half, but from there it was all about the Eagles as goals from Skowron, Smith, Perez and Vinall sent AU on a 4-0 run to take a 6-3 lead with seven minutes remaining before the break.
A free position goal from Lemay cut that lead down to two, but a yellow card on CMU's Emma Hamilton sent her to the sideline and the Eagles were able to capitalize as Vinall put away her second goal of the day to send AU into the break with a 7-4 lead.
The second half started much like the first, with CMU putting the first point on the board as they battled to cut into the Eagles' lead. With 18 minutes remaining in the game, AU was able to maintain its three-goal cushion after goals from Skowron, Smith and Brennan.
The Eagles were unable to keep pace with the Chippewas in the final 15 minutes, though, as CMU closed with a 5-0 run to take the final 12-10 victory.
AU will be back at Jacobs Field on Sundan, Feb. 25, for a noon draw against Detroit Mercy. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.