Game 12 · American (6-5, 1-2 PL) at Lafayette (4-6, 0-3 PL)
Saturday, March 30, 2019 · 1:00 p.m. ET · Easton, Pa. (Fisher Stadium)
All-Time Record: American leads, 10-8
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team (6-5, 1-2 PL) is looking for its first Patriot League win on the road this weekend as the Eagles head to Lafayette (4-6, 0-3 PL) for a 1 p.m. draw on Saturday, March 30.
- Despite falling in their last two meetings, the Eagles still lead the 18-game series against the Leopards, 10-8.
- Leah Brennan, Izabella Jade, Emma Vinall and Peyton Smith led the team during last year's last-second 13-12 loss. Fiona Geier pulled in 11 saves on the day.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- AU is coming off a strong battle against No. 11 Loyola Maryland on Wednesday. Although the Eagles fell, 17-9, they kept the Greyhounds within reach for much of the game.
- Casey Harkins led the team with a career-high performance, scoring four goals and pitching in an assist for five points.
- Leah Brennan followed with her third hat trick of the season, scoring three goals along with the team's only other assist for the day.
- Casey Aguilar-Gervase led the team from the backline and was an integral presence in transition as AU completed 20 of 21 clears, including a perfect 10-for-10 in the first half.
- Emma Vinall and Amanda Medjid earned one goal each while Kendall Goldblum pulled down a game-high five draw controls.
- Goalkeeper Fiona Geier picked up a team-high four ground balls and came away with 10 saves in her 60 minutes of play.
- American is currently in the midst of its winningest season since 2013 with its 6-5 overall record. The Eagles opened their Patriot League home slate with the first conference win since 2017 after outlasting Army West Point, 12-10.
- Vinall leads the overall scoring efforts for AU with 38 points (32g, 6a), followed by 33 points from Brennan (23g, 10a) and 29 points from Goldblum (23g, 6a).
- Harkins and Smith have each pitched in a team-high 11 assists after the first 11 games of the season.
- Brennan leads the team in the circle with 49 draw controls while Geier has picked up a team-high 25 ground balls followed by Goldblum (22).
- The Eagles currently lead the conference with a 9.50 goals against average behind the efforts of Geier, who ranks 31st nationally and third in the league.
- Vinall also ranks among some of the top players in Division I, coming in at No. 27 in the latest rankings release for total goals with 32.
SCOUTING THE LEOPARDS
- Lafayette is looking to break its four-game skid after falling to Holy Cross, Rutgers, Boston University and Bucknell.
- Jane Kirby, Emma Novick, and Bella Alampi led the Leopards in the overtime loss to Bucknell with three goals each with Novick also pitching in one assist for a team-high four points.
- Quinn Lacy closed with 17 saves in her 62 minutes of play.
- Kirby leads the Leopards with 36 points (31g, 5a) after the first 10 games of the season, followed by Anna Stein with 28 (12g, 16a).
- Kirby currently ranks second in Division I for free position goals per game with 19 of her 31 coming during free position opportunities (1.90). She is also 28th nationally with 3.10 goals per game.
- Caroline Curnal leads the team with 40 draw controls while Quinn has picked up a team-high 31 ground balls.
- Quinn Lacy currently sits as one of the top goalkeepers in the league as she leads the standings in save percentage (.515) and saves per game (12.1). She also ranks within the top-10 of Division I in both categories, coming in at No. 9 for save percentage and No. 5 for saves per game.
- As a team, Lafayette ranks seventh in the country with its .521 save percentage.
- The Leopards also sit second in the league for ground balls per game (19.4) and shot percentage (.442).
The Eagles will close out their two-game road stretch on Saturday, April 6, with a noon draw at Boston University. AU will return home on Saturday, April 13, for a 1 p.m. start against Colgate.
For the latest on American University Lacrosse, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_Lacrosse.