Game 17 · American (7-9, 2-6 PL) at Lehigh (7-8, 3-5 PL)
Friday, April 26, 2019 · 1 p.m. ET · Bethlehem, Pa. (Ulrich Sports Complex)
All-Time Record: American leads, 11-9
Stream: Patriot League Network on Watch Stadium
WASHINGTON - The American University lacrosse team (7-9, 2-6 PL) will fight for its first postseason appearance since 2013 on Friday as the Eagles travel to Lehigh (7-8, 3-5 PL) to wrap up its 2019 regular season campaign.
The winner of Friday's game will advance into the Patriot League quarterfinal round to face either Boston University or Army West Point at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
- The Eagles continue to hold a two-game lead in the series against Lehigh, 11-9, despite falling to the Mountain Hawks last season, 13-9.
- Leah Brennan and Casey Harkins led the squad last season with two goals each while Izabella Jade, Lexi Perez, Emma Vinall, Kendall Goldblum, and Amanda Medjid added one each.
- The Eagles last beat Lehigh in 2013 with a decisive 16-8 final score.
SCOUTING THE EAGLES
- In her first year at the helm of AU Lacrosse, head coach Jenna Petrucelli has already led the team to its best record since 2013. With this win, she would also add the team's first postseason appearance since 2013 to that list as the Eagles look to vie for a berth into the Patriot League Tournament for the 11th time in program history.
- AU enters the Friday matinee off an impressive 17-13 victory over Holy Cross during the team's senior day celebration on Saturday, April 20. The Eagles dominated the first 10 minutes, picking up an 8-1 lead before closing the half with a 15-8 advantage.
- Kendall Goldblum led the team with a career-high performance, earning nine points off seven goals and a pair of assists. She also helped lead the team in the circle with eight draw controls.
- After that performance, which included two near-program records for single-game points and goals, Goldblum was voted as the program's first Patriot League Midfielder of the Week since 2016.
- Emma Vinall also made history on Saturday, breaking the single-season program record for points after earning four against the Crusaders. She continues to lead the team's offensive efforts with 64 points (50g, 14a) so far this season.
- Leah Brennan led the team alongside Goldblum with eight draw controls. Brennan also added her name to the top of the record book with her 75 draw controls so far this season.
- Brennan, Casey Harkins, Brooke Stapleton, and Amanda Medjid also added to the team's final tally on Saturday.
- Goldblum ranks second on the squad with 47 points (38g, 9a) while Brennan is third with 45 (30g, 15a).
- Goalkeeper Fiona Geier owns a team-high 37 ground balls followed by Sydney Fry (30) and Goldblum (27).
- Geier continues to lead the Eagles from goal with 122 saves, a 12.37 goals against average, and a .416 save percentage in her 829 minutes.
SCOUTING THE MOUNTAIN HAWKS
- Lehigh has picked up three straight wins to rise to 3-5 in the Patriot League, including victories over Holy cross, Lafayette, and Bucknell.
- In the latest 13-10 win over the Bison, the Mountain Hawks opened with a 4-0 run including three goals from Kellie Gough within a three-minute span. Lehigh held on to that lead for the remainder of the game behind a team-high six goals and three assists from Courtney Henig, and four goals and one assist from Gough.
- Sondra Dickey leads the overall offensive efforts for the Mountain Hawks with 60 points (48g, 12a), followed by Henig with 42 (17g, 25a) and Gough with 39 (31g, 8a).
- Goalkeeper Samantha Sagi holds a team-high 32 ground balls followed by Dickey (28) and Hannah Cermack (21).
- Dickey has also brought down a team-high 69 draw controls and leads the team with 23 caused turnovers. She is also the only player to rank in the top five in the league for points per game (4.00) and caused turnovers per game (1.53).
- Sagi leads the team between the pipes with 150 saves, a 12.40 goals against average, and a .469 save percentage. She ranks as one of the top goalkeepers in the PL, coming in at No. 2 for save percentage and saves per game (10.00).
The winner of Friday's game will advance into the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament where they will face either Boston University or Army West Point on Sunday.
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