WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team was unable to keep up with fast-paced Boston University on Saturday, as the Eagles fell to the Terriers in the chilly morning matchup, 19-7.
AU is now 3-9 overall, 0-4 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers rise to 5-6 for the season and 2-3 in league play.
Sophomore Izabella Jade led the Eagles' offense with a pair of goals, followed by senior Leah Brennan, sophomores Casey Harkins and Amanda Medjid, and freshmen Emma Vinall and Kendall Goldblum with one each.
Harkins added the day's only assist to come away with two points while also leading the team with three draw controls. Harkins also picked up a team-high three ground balls alongside Brennan.
Sophomore Ana Freda guided the team from the net, tying her career-high with eight saves on 24 shots in 42 minutes of play. Freshman Delaney Oliveira also put in time between the pipes and collected a career-high four saves off seven shots.
The Terriers were led by a pair of four-goal efforts from Ava Barry and Avery Donahoe. Eight other players contributed to BU's final tally, including Ryann Gaffney, Lexi Lewis, and Caroline English, who scored two goals each. Kailey Conry added a game-high six assists.
Kaitlin Belval and Tonianne Magnelli shared draw control responsibilities, bringing down a game-high seven each.
Boston led the Eagles in the draw circle, 20-7, and put up 37 shots to AU's 20. American collected a game-high 13 ground balls and capitalized off three of their seven free position opportunities.
The Terriers rose to an early lead, building a 5-0 margin before Brennan got the Eagles on the board with 18 minutes remaining in the first half. A goal from Harkins closed the gap to three midway through the half, but a 7-1 run brought Boston up by nine at the break.
BU continued to stretch its lead early in the second half, scoring three goals before Medjid put away her only one of the day. Jade added a pair of back-to-back goals with under 11 minutes remaining, but Boston had the final say with the last goal of the game to bring the score up to 19-7.
The Eagles will have the week off before hitting the road on Saturday, April 14, for a noon draw at Colgate. For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.