WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team put up a well-rounded scoring effort, but fell to Detroit Mercy on Sunday, 16-8.
The Eagles remain in the hunt for their first victory of the season at 0-3 while the Titans rise to an overall record of 1-2.
Six players contributed to AU's final tally, including senior Lexi Perez and freshman Emma Vinall, who led the team with two goals each. Senior Leah Brennan, sophomores Erica Skowron and Izabella Jade, and freshman Peyton Smith followed with one goal each.
Skowron also added the lone AU assist for two points.
Junior Fiona Geier, who came into the contest after tallying her 300th career save against Central Michigan on Friday, added another 10 to her total. Sophomore Ana Freda also saw some time in the cage, where she put up three saves in 10 minutes of play.
The Eagles closed with a game-high 18 draw controls behind a career-high eight from Brennan and five from Vinall. Junior Sydney Fry also walked away with a pair of career-highs after causing three turnovers and picking up four ground balls.
The Titans were led by a pair of hat trick efforts from Kaitlyn Wandelt and Morgan Girardi, who walked away with five goals and four goals, respectively. Jordyn Beam and Jessica Snyder added two each while Emma Leszczak, Lexie Kinmond, and Kristina Ellis added one.
Detroit keeper Allison McDonough secured eight saves in her 60 minutes of play.
The Titans led AU in ground balls, 26-16, and capitalized off two of their three free position shots while American was held to one of three.
Although American was first to get on the board after an unassisted goal from Skowron, Detroit began to build its cushion early on after a 6-0 run gave them a 6-1 advantage with 10 minutes remaining in the half.
AU controlled much of the offense throughout the half, putting up seven shots to try and break the Titans' run. The Eagles were unable to find the back of the cage until the final seven minutes when an unassisted shot from Jade brought the score up to 6-2. Detroit had the final say, though, with a pair of goals to close the half with an 8-2 lead.
The Eagles kept pace in the early minutes of the second half, with Perez and Vinall responding to a pair of Detroit goals to keep within six points. The Titans widened the gap after a 5-1 run to build a 15-5 lead heading into the final 10 minutes. AU regained composure, though, hitting a run of its own with goals from Perez, Vinall and Smith to land back within seven before a final Detroit goal in the last three minutes of play established the closing eight-point gap.
AU will close its four-game home stretch on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. start against nearby Howard. The Eagles will open the March slate with its first road game of the season, as they travel to UMBC on March 3 for a noon draw. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.