Game 7 · American (2-4) vs. Gardner-Webb (1-4)
Friday, March 9, 2018 · 1:00 p.m. ET · Washington, D.C. (Jacobs Field)
All-Time Record: First Meeting
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team will look for a second consecutive home victory and third of the season on Friday, as the Eagles host Gardner-Webb for a 1 p.m. draw at Jacobs Field.
AU comes into the game after a 17-12 victory over Old Dominion on Tuesday that improved the Eagles' to a 2-4 overall record. The Runnin' Bulldogs enter with a 1-4 record after dropping four straight against Cincinnati (20-9), East Carolina (15-14), Mercer (16-6) and St. Francis (12-9). This will be the first meeting between the two teams.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
Senior Leah Brennan led AU on Tuesday with her first career hat trick, scoring four goals off six shots. Freshman Emma Vinall added another three for her third consecutive hat trick and her fourth of the season. A total of nine Eagles contributed to the team's final score, making it the most well-rounded win yet this season for American.
Brennan added another team-high six draw controls followed by five from Vinall. Junior Casey Aguilar-Gervase and sophomore Amanda Medjid both picked up a team-high three ground balls each while senior Lexi Perez caused a team-high two turnovers.
Vinall continues to lead the team's overall scoring efforts with 20 goals so far this season, shooting 64.5 percent. Sophomore Erica Skowron ranks second with 10 goals but leads in assists with 15 to hold a team-high 25 points. Vinall and Brennan share responsibilities off the draw control, with Vinall leading with 32 followed by 26 from Brennan.
On the defensive end, junior Sydney Fry leads the team with nine caused turnovers. She has also picked up 14 ground balls, ranking third on the team behind Vinall and junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier who have each controlled 17.
Geier leads the team from the cage with 61 saves so far this season for a .473 save percentage and a 12.92 goals against average. She leads the Patriot League with 10.17 saves per game.
SCOUTING THE RUNNIN' BULLDOGS
Gardner-Webb opened its season with a 21-11 victory over Wofford, but have been on a skid ever since with losses to Cincinnati, East Carolina, Mercer, and, most recently, a 12-9 loss to St. Francis (Pa.). Amanda Steinmuller led GWU's scoring efforts against the Red Flash, scoring four goals in the first half. Abby Hanscom added another pair while Talen Francis, Maddie Martin and Hailey Maranto each contributed one.
Steinmuller leads the Runnin' Bulldogs with 21 draw controls and 17 goals so far this season after shooting 54.8 percent through the first five games. She also has a team-high six assists for 23 points. Francis follows with 14 goals and two assists for 16 points.
On the defensive end, Monique Martin has picked up a team-high 13 ground balls. She leads the team with seven caused turnovers alongside Steinmuller and Martin.
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