Perez Scores Four but GW Tops @AU_Lacrosse

Lexi Perez avoids a defender.

WASHINGTON – Senior Lexi Perez scored four goals on nine shots to lead American University, but the Eagles came up just short of crosstown rival George Washington, 14-11, in a non-conference women's lacrosse match on Wednesday.

The loss to the Colonials came after two consecutive wins for the Eagles at Jacobs Field. With the loss, the Eagles fell to 3-5 at home this season, while the Colonials improved their record to 5-1.

Freshman Kendall Goldblum and senior Leah Brennan also netted a pair of goals each to add to the American scoresheet.

Goalkeeper Fiona Geier recorded eight saves for the Eagles, while her Colonial counterpart Jenna Oler made 10 saves of her own.

American scored a pair of goals early, with Brennan scoring 12 minutes into the contest and Perez doubling the AU lead two minutes later off an assist from Amanda Medjid.

The remainder of the first half was level with GW taking a 6-5 edge into intermission.

Despite even play in the second half, free-position opportunities for GW cost American, with the Colonials scoring goals on three free-position attempts in the second half.

GW sophomore Morgan McDonnell scored four for the Colonials, while freshman Ioanna Mantzouratos recorded two goals and two assists.

The Eagles clawed back late from a five-goal deficit with under two minutes left. Goals from Perez and Goldblum 13 seconds apart closed the gap.

While the two teams recorded 28 shots each, GW held a 21-14 advantage in ground balls.

The Eagles will open their Patriot League slate this weekend as they host Bucknell on Sunday at 1 p.m.