Game 16 · American (6-9, 1-6 PL) vs. Holy Cross (4-10, 2-5 PL)
Saturday, April 20, 2019 · Noon ET · Washington, D.C. (Jacobs Complex)
All-Time Record: Holy Cross leads, 14-6
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team (6-9, 1-6 PL) will close its 2019 home schedule on Saturday, April 20, with a noon showdown against Patriot League foe Holy Cross (4-10, 2-5 PL). The game will also serve as the team's senior day celebration, as the Eagles send off the six members of the class of 2019 - Casey Aguilar-Gervase, Leah Brennan, Sydney Fry, Fiona Geier, Sarah Lowe, and Brooke Stapleton.
- The Crusaders hold the advantage in the 20-game series against the Eagles, 14-6, after picking up a 12-10 victory last season.
- American last defeated Holy Cross in 2013 with a final score of 16-8.
- AU staged a late comeback last season, erasing a two-goal halftime deficit before a 4-0 Holy Cross run put the Crusaders out of reach.
- Emma Vinall and Lexi Perez paced the Eagles with three goals each while Leah Brennan, Casey Harkins, Izabella Jade, and Kendall Goldblum added one each.
- Fiona Geier closed with a career-high 20 saves in goal.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- American enters the game off a 20-10 loss to No. 14 Navy on Wednesday. The Eagles struggled against the aggressive Navy offensive in the early minutes, falling to an 11-0 deficit midway through the first half. The Eagles chipped away at that for the remainder of the game, though, hitting a 6-0 run late in the second half to land back within seven before a quick three goals in the final minute from the Mids closed the game.
- Leah Brennan was among the highlights for the day as she set a new single-season program record after pulling down her 67th draw control of the year to surpass Madison Hoon's record from 2016 (64).
- Emma Vinall is also looking to make her mark in the AU record books after she scored four goals and added a pair of assists to end the game with a team-high 61 points on the season (47g, 14a). She enters Saturday's matinee only one point away from tying Gina Riitano's record from 2003 (62 points).
- Vinall leads the Patriot League in conference play with 3.86 goals per game and 7.43 shots per game.
- Kendall Goldblum added another pair of goals against the Mids while Brennan, Casey Harkins, Peyton Smith, and Amanda Medjid closed with one each.
- Goldblum sits in second on the team with her 30 points this season while Brennan is just behind with 28 alongside her 13 assists. Harkins has pitched in a team-high 19 assists.
- Fiona Geier leads the team in goal with 113 saves so far this season, including her 500th against Boston University. She is averaging 12.32 goals against and a .417 save percentage.
- Geier also leads the team with 35 ground balls followed by 27 from Sydney Fry. Brennan has brought down a team-high 67 draw controls while Goldblum has added 40.
SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
- Holy Cross is coming off a pair of consecutive losses against Lehigh, 12-8, and Boston University, 23-14.
- The Crusaders have picked up two Patriot League wins so far this season against Bucknell, 19-13, and Lafayette, 11-10.
- Bryn Carroll paced Holy Cross against the Terriers with four goals, followed by three from Jolie Creo who added a team-high two assists for five points on the day.
- Keely Connors led the field with 11 draw controls. She owns a team-high 85 on the season and averages 6.07 to lead the Patriot League and rank 21st in Division I.
- Juliana Kubler picked up six saves in her 39 minutes of play while Sophie Ochs added four in the remaining 21.
- Kubler is among the top keepers in conference play with a .483 save percentage and 10.29 saves per game. As a team, Holy Cross leads the league with 12.43 saves per game against PL opponents.
- Creo leads Holy Cross' offense with 33 points so far this season (25g, 8a), followed by 28 from Connors (24g, 4a) and 26 from Bryn Carroll (24g, 2a).
- Maggie Moriarty has pitched in a team-high 18 assists.
- Haley Walker leads the squad with 36 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers.
#AULAX 2019 SENIOR CLASS
#1 Leah Brennan (Lorton, Va. / Hayfield Secondary), B.S. in health promotion and working toward her master's in health promotion management
#6 Casey Aguilar-Gervase (Frederick, Md. / Middletown), B.S. in applied statistics and working toward her master's in biostatistics
#13 Sarah Lowe (Hinsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central), B.A. in justice and law
#17 Fiona Geier (Huntington, N.Y. / Huntington), B.S. in health promotion, will return to earn her master's in health promotion management
#23 Sydney Fry (Raleigh, N.C. / Broughton), B.S. in neuroscience
#24 Brooke Stapleton (East Norwich, N.Y. / St. Anthony's), B.S. in public health
The Eagles will close their 2019 regular season slate on Friday, April 26, with a 3 p.m. draw at Lehigh.
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