WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2019 slate on Saturday with an 11-7 victory at Old Dominion. The win also marks the first for head coach Jenna Petrucelli in her first season at the helm for the Eagles.
The Eagles are now 1-1 overall while ODU falls to 0-3.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Kendall Goldblum paced the Eagles with the only hat trick of the game, followed by two goals from Leah Brennan, Emma Vinall, and Izabella Jade. Peyton Smith and Brooke Stapleton rounded out the Eagles' scoring efforts with one goal each.
- Goldblum also pitched in AU's only assist for the day for the four-point performance.
- Goalkeeper Fiona Geier picked up 14 saves for the day.
- The Monarchs were led by Lilly Siskind and Sophia Richie with two goals each.
- Haleigh Wurzel came away with a dozen saves in goal.
- Old Dominion had the advantage in ground balls, 17-10, but the Eagles dominated the draw control circle, 15-3, and capitalized off five of their 10 free position opportunities while the Monarchs converted only one of their five.
- Goldblum put the Eagles on the board within the first minute of play, scoring her second goal of the season after taking the opening draw.
- ODU tied the game up at 1-1 three minutes later before the Eagles hit a 3-0 run with goals from Jade, Vinall, and Brennan.
- The Monarchs cut into the 3-goal lead with 5:17 left in the half to send the two teams into the break at 4-2.
- Jade opened the second half with her second goal of the day to rebuild the 3-goal lead for AU before ODU capitalized on a player-up situation to score its third goal of the day after Goldblum was sidelined with a yellow card at the 25:56 mark.
- AU regained momentum, though, with a quick pair of goals including during another player-up opportunity after ODU's Lauren Irvine was whistled with a yellow card.
- The Eagles hit another pair of unanswered goals after Old Dominion cut the lead back down to three, bringing the score to 9-4 with less than 17:00 left on the clock.
- The Monarchs hit a 3-0 run to land back within two, but American controlled the final 10 minutes as goals from Brennan and Vinall secured the 11-7 win.
HEAR FROM COACH PETRUCELLI
"Today was a great team win. We executed on both ends of the field with a solid draw circle system, an aggressive defensive unit, and a fired up offense to put the ball in the back of the net. We did have a lot of errors due to poor weather conditions, but we fought through the adversity and made it count where it mattered. We're excited to keep this momentum moving forward."
The Eagles will be back at Jacobs Complex on Wednesday, Feb. 20, for a 3 p.m. draw against Howard.
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