@AU_Lacrosse Opens Home Series on Tuesday

Team huddle before Richmond (2/17/2018)

Game 6 ·  American (1-4) vs. Old Dominion (1-2)
Tuesday, March 6, 2018  ·  3:00 p.m. ET  ·  Washington, D.C. (Bender Arena)
All-Time Record: 
Old Dominion leads, 21-5
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium

WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team returns home on Tuesday for a 3 p.m. draw against Old Dominion, opening up a four-game stretch at Jacobs Field.

The Eagles are 1-4 overall this season after falling in a tight battle to UMBC on Saturday. ODU (1-2) also comes into the game off a loss after the team fell to Liberty, 14-12, on Wednesday.

Old Dominion opened the 26-game series with an 18-0 win streak from 1992-2009. Since then, the Eagles have led ODU 5-3, including an 11-10 win last season, but the Monarchs still lead the overall series, 21-5.

American took an early lead but was unable to keep pace with UMBC late and fell in its first road game of the season on Saturday, 14-12. Freshman Emma Vinall led the team with her third hat trick of the season, tallying four goals off five shots. Senior Leah Brennan and sophomore Izabella Jade followed with a career-high two goals each, while senior Lexi Perez, freshman Kendall Goldblum, and sophomores Erica Skowron and Casey Harkins each added one. Freshman Peyton Smith tied her career-high with three assists, while Skowron contributed another pair for three points.

Vinall continues to lead the team in scoring, averaging 3.4 goals per game (17 total) to rank fifth in the league. Skowron follows with nine goals so far this season along with a team-high 12 assists to rank seventh in the PL with 21 points (4.2 per game). 

The Eagles, who lead the league in ground balls per game (23.60), are led by Vinall who ranks second in the PL and 30th in the NCAA with 3.4 per game (17 total). Vinall also leads the team with 27 draw controls and sits at fourth in the PL with 5.4 per game. The freshman is also ninth in Division I for free position percentage (.857).

Skowron continues to work as one of the top distributors in the NCAA, ranking 12th in NCAA with 2.4 per game. 

Geier remains one of the top goalkeepers in the league, leading AU from the cage with 50 saves so far this season. Her 10.0 saves per game average put her second in the Patriot League, 18th in the NCAA, while her .472 saves percentage has her ranked third in the PL and 30th in Division I.

American enters the game averaging 11.0 goals per game off of a .426 shooting percentage. The team is 15-for-29 (.517) in free position opportunities and averages 12.2 draw controls and 10.0 caused turnovers per game.

ODU suffered its second loss of the season on Wednesday with a 14-12 defeat at home against Liberty. The Monarchs were led by Sophia Richie's four goals followed by three from Brooke Stein. Alyssa Sebesto led the team with six ground balls, four draw controls, and four caused turnovers.

Lauren Ey led the team in the cage with 12 saves.

Sophia Richie leads the team with eight goals so far this season while Stein has a team-high 14 points with six goals and eight assists. Sebesto has brought down a team-high nine draw controls, and Kerri Caruso leads the team with 10 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers.

The Monarchs average 8.67 goals per game off of a .419 shooting percentage. Their opponents, on the other hand, have scored 14.33 goals per game (.439). They have collected 18.33 ground balls and 8.0 draw controls per game and average 11.67 caused turnovers per game.

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