WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team fell after a gritty battle against Lafayette on Wednesday, dropping the 13-12 decision after a pair of final-minute goals from the Leopards.
AU is 3-13 overall (0-8 PL) heading into the final game of the 2018 campaign while Lafayette rises to 5-11 (2-6 PL).
Senior Leah Brennan, sophomore Izabella Jade and freshmen Emma Vinall and Peyton Smith led the Eagles with two goals each while sophomores Erica Skowron, Casey Harkins, Amanda Medjid and freshman Kendall Goldblum each added one. Smith added two assists to close with a team-high four points for the day.
Goldblum and Medjid both pulled down a game-high four draw controls while Jade and Harkins picked up a team-high four ground balls. Junior goalkeeper Fiona Geier led the team from the net with 11 saves.
The Leopards were led by a seven-point effort from Anna Stein as she tallied a game-high four goals and three assists. She was followed by Jane Kirby and Bella Alampi with three goals each. Dana Smith contributed a team-high four ground balls while Colleen Bannon brought down four draw controls.
Quinn Lacy led the team in goal with 12 saves.
Lafayette built an early 3-0 lead before Vinall put the Eagles on the board with an unassisted goal in the 10th minute. A 4-1 run from the Leopards gave them the largest lead of the game at 7-2 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, but unanswered goals from Brennan, Jade, and Medjid tied the game at 7-7 by the break.
The Eagles took the lead early in the second half with another pair of goals from Skowron and Smith before the game entered a back-and-forth battle with the two teams drawing even four times during the last 25 minutes. With just over a minute remaining in regulation, Vinall hit her second goal of the afternoon to give American a 12-11 lead, but Lafayette tied the game up one final time with a goal from Emma Novick with 19 seconds left on the clock. The Leopards gained possession off the draw control and from there it was a race against the clock as Stein broke through AU's defense to net the final-second goal to close the game.
The Eagles will close the 2018 campaign on Saturday as they host Lehigh at noon for Senior Day. For the latest on American Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.