Early Deficit Haunts @AU_Lacrosse in Loss to No. 14 Navy

Emma Vinall vs. UMBC

WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team (6-9, 1-6 PL) put up a strong second half fight against No. 14 Navy (12-3, 6-1 PL), but couldn't overcome the early deficit to the Midshipmen and fell, 20-10.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Emma Vinall continues to creep closer to the single-season program record in points, as she paced the team with four goals and two assists for six points on the day. Vinall now heads into the final two games of the regular season with 61 points, only one away from tying Gina Riitano's 2003 record of 62.
  • Kendall Goldblum followed with two goals while Amanda MedjidLeah BrennanCasey Harkins, and Peyton Smith each added one.
  • Harkins and Smith also pitched in one assist each.
  • Vinall led the team in the center circle with six draw controls.
  • Fiona Geier played all but nine minutes in goal and collected nine saves. Delaney Oliveira rounded out the goalkeeping efforts.
  • The Eagles trailed the Mids in shots, 39-28, draw controls, 19-12, ground balls, 19-17, and caused turnovers, 10-9.
  • Twelve players scored for Navy including a pair of hat trick performances from Andie O'Sullivan and Caitlin Blanche. 
  • Five keepers put in minutes for the Mids but it was Gab Harchelroad who came away with the win with three saves in her 30 minutes of play. Abbi Young also put up a good performance with five save in just over 10 minutes.
  • Reagan Roelofs led Navy with eight draw controls.
  • The Eagles struggled against the Mids' tempo early on as Navy opened with 11 unanswered goals in the first 20 minutes of the game before a goal from Smith finally halted the run.
  • Vinall and Goldblum followed with a goal each to cut the lead back down to eight at 11-3, but another 4-0 Navy run to close the half gave Mids a 15-3 advantage.
  • American controlled much of the second half, starting with a goal from Harkins in the opening minutes. Navy put up a quick pair of goals but it was all AU for the next 10 minutes as three goals from Vinall sent the Eagles on a 6-0 run with goals from Medjid, Goldblum and Brennan.
  • The Mids hit one final surge, though, with three unanswered goals to close the game at 20-10.

NEXT UP 
The Eagles will return to Jacobs Complex one final time this weekend, hosting Holy Cross at noon on Saturday, April 20, during the Senior Day celebration. AU will close out its regular season schedule on Friday, April 26, at Lehigh.

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