WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team is set to make its 2019 debut at home on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. draw against UMBC at Jacobs Complex. This will also be the opener for first-year head coach Jenna Petrucelli, who became the program's eighth head coach in July 2018 after a stint at the University of Cincinnati as an assistant coach.
- This is the 22nd meeting between AU and UMBC with the Retrievers leading the series, 19-2.
- American last defeated UMBC in 2003, but since then the Retrievers have hit a 14-game win streak.
- The Eagles led UMBC at halftime, 8-5, last season before the Retrievers staged a late comeback to pull away with the 14-12 victory.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU is coming off an exciting exhibition showing with a dominating win over Durham University (UK), 19-8, on Saturday, Feb. 2. Sophomore Kendall Goldblum led the way with five goals, including a quick hat trick in the first five minutes of the game.
- Junior Erica Skowron was next with four goals and two assists for six points on the day followed by Izabella Jade (3 goals, 2 assists), sophomore Peyton Smith (2 goals, 2 assists), senior Leah Brennan (2 goals, one assist), freshman Stefanie Walsh (2 goals), and senior Brooke Stapleton (1 goal).
- Brennan also came away with a team-high eight draw controls followed by five from Goldblum.
- The Eagles return an exciting group from the 2018 season, including eight of the top nine scorers and the starting goalkeeper from the last three seasons with senior Fiona Geier.
- Skowron is also among the highlights from the returning class after she led the team in points last year with 40 off 15 goals and a team-high 25 assists. She made her mark in the AU record books last season after setting a new season record in assists as well as a single-game record in points (11) and assists (6) during her performance in the win over Howard.
- Sophomore Emma Vinall followed with 35 points after leading the team with 35 goals.
- Brennan led the team in the circle with 60 draw controls followed by 40 from Vinall.
- Senior Sydney Fry led the team with 34 ground balls followed by 31 from Geier, who returns for one final season in goal after ranking third in the league last season with her 10.2 saves per game.
- AU also welcomes an exciting freshman class with attackers Sophie Ossip (Indianapolis, Ind. / Brebeuf Jesuit) and Jennifer Schaen (Chadds Ford, Pa. / Kennett), defender Ashley Go(Vienna, Va. / James Madison HS), and midfielders Haley Harkins (Poolesville, Md. / Poolesville), Katie Pierce (Holmes Beach, Fla. / Saint Stephen's Episcopal School), Morgan Schaen (Chadds Ford, Pa. / Kennett), Hali Sibilia (Englewood, Colo. / Cherry Creek), and Stefanie Walsh (Huntington, N.Y. / Harborfields).
SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS
- UMBC returns 15 players from last season, including America East All-Conference second team honoree Lauren McDonald. McDonald was third on the team with 44 points (38 goals, 6 assists), and second in draw controls with 63.
- The Retrievers return nearly every starter from the defensive line that ranked 25th in the country last season for scoring defense (10.47 goals per game). They were also ranked 20th in Division I for ground balls per game (20.59) and 23rd in caused turnovers per game (10.12).
- UMBC closed last season with an 11-6 record - the first time since 2010-11 that the program earned double-digit victories in back-to-back seasons.
The Eagles will be on the road for the first time this season on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a 1 p.m. contest at Old Dominion before returning home on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a 3 p.m. start against Howard.
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