Game 5 · American (1-3) at UMBC (3-1)
Saturday, March, 3, 2018 · 4:00 p.m. ET · Baltimore, Md. (UMBC Stadium)
All-Time Record: UMBC leads, 18-2
WASHINGTON - After a four-game home stretch, the American University lacrosse team is set to open its road slate on Saturday with a 4 p.m. draw at UMBC.
The Eagles (1-3) enter the midday matchup off their first win of the season as American dominated Howard at home on Wednesday, 19-8. The Retrievers, on the other hand, are 3-1 so far this season and will enter the game after their first and only loss of the season to #4/2 Maryland, 21-12.
UMBC leads the 21-game series against AU, 18-2. The Eagles last won against the Retrievers in 2003, 15-14. Since then, UMBC has gone on a 13-game win streak.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
AU is coming off a dominant 19-8 win over Howard on Wednesday. Although freshman Emma Vinall led the scoring with six goals, it was sophomore Erica Skowron who walked away with the day's highlights as she earned new single-game program records with 11 points and six assists.
Vinall also contributed a game-high 10 draw controls and five ground balls while Skowron caused a team-high three turnovers. Junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier collected a pair of saves along with sophomore keeper Ana Freda.
Vinall leads the Patriot League with 6.25 draw controls per game and ranks fourth with 3.25 goals per game after tallying two hat tricks in her first four games as an Eagle. Skowron also ranks in the top-five in the league with 4.5 points per game and 2.5 assists per game.
The Eagles are averaging 10.75 goals per game with a .394 shooting percentage. They rank second in the league for saves per game (11.25) and saves percentage (.479) behind the leadership of Geier, who is averaging 12.87 goals against with a .488 save percentage.
American also holds some top-20 rankings in the NCAA, starting with Skowron who is 11th in Division I for assists and 13th in assists per game. Vinall currently ranks 18th for draw controls while Geier is 18th for total saves and 20th for saves per game.
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
UMBC suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday to #4/2 Maryland, 21-12. Junior Sara Moeller contributed a team-high eight points with three goals and five assists while junior Lauren McDonald added a team-high four goals.
Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Major led the team from the cage with 11 saves.
McDonald leads the team's overall scoring efforts with 13 goals while Moeller has a team-high 24 points with 12 goals and 12 assists.
Senior Carolyn Jamison leads the team with 10 ground balls and 13 draw controls while junior Kayla Renehan has forced a team-high 10 turnovers.
Junior Carly Tollino and Major have shared duties in the cage with Tollino serving as the starting keeper in three of the four games. Tollino leads the pair with 7.53 goals against average and a .485 save percentage while Major holds a 13.78 goals against average (.368).
The Retrievers average 14.5 goals per game with a .433 shooting percentage. After the first four games of the season, UMBC has held its opponents to 10.25 goals per game (.423). The team collects 11.0 draw controls per game and 18.0 ground balls per game.
The Eagles will return home for another four-game series starting on Tuesday, March 6, with a 3 p.m. draw against Old Dominion. For the latest on AU Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.