@AU_Lacrosse Falls After Late Bucknell Surge

Emma Vinall vs. UMBC

LEWISBURG, Pa. - The American University lacrosse team (5-4, 0-1 PL) led midway through the second half but couldn't keep pace with a late Bucknell (2-6, 1-0 PL) run as the Eagles fell in the Patriot League opener, 11-8.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Emma Vinall paced the Eagles with her second five-goal performance of the season to just miss tying her career-high of six.
  • Three other players contributed to AU's final scoresheet with Leah BrennanCasey Harkins, and Kendall Goldblum scoring one each.
  • Harkins also added four assists for five points on the day while Brennan and Peyton Smith pitched in one each.
  • Casey Aguilar-Gervase picked up a team-high four ground balls while Vinall also led in the circle with three draw controls.
  • Goalkeeper Fiona Geier came away with 12 saves.
  • Bucknell had seven players score starting with a three-goal effort from Morgan Steinhacker. Eve Calabria and Julia Bradbury added two each while Sarah Dohler, Kali Peeples, Audrey Walsh, and Tegan Warren scored one each.
  • Calabria pitched in three of the seven assists for the Bison.
  • Bucknell was the first to get on the board but the Eagles were quick to pick up the lead with three unanswered goals from Goldblum, Brennan, and Vinall to take a 3-1 lead with 12:25 left in the half.
  • A pair of Bucknell goals tied the game at 3-3 heading into halftime, but the Eagles hit another run to open the second half with three goals in less than three minutes from Vinall.
  • Bradbury kept Bucknell in the game, though, hitting a pair of goals to land back within one before Vinall added her fourth and Harkins her first of the day to take an 8-5 lead with under 20 minutes left in the game.
  • The Bison controlled the final 15 minutes, though, hitting a 6-0 run including a pair of man-up goals to close with the 11-8 win.

HEAR FROM COACH PETRUCELLI
"We played to win and we dominated possession in the game, but some external factors outside of our control played a role in the momentum we lost toward the end. It's a tough loss, but we know our potential and we're confident in our progress this year. Patriot League play is what we have looked forward to all year, and we have a lot of play left ahead of us. Our eyes are looking ahead to the next game!"

NEXT UP
The Eagles will open their home conference schedule on Saturday, March 23, with a 1 p.m. draw against Army West Point.

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