Goldblum, Vinall Earn All-Patriot League Honors

Kendall Goldblum, Emma Vinall pose before UMBC (2/13/2019)

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. For the first time since 2017, the American University lacrosse team has earned All-Patriot League honors as sophomores Emma Vinall and Kendall Goldblum were both selected to the Second Team All-PL for attack and midfield, respectively.

The last player to be voted onto an All-PL team was Madison Hoon in 2017 (second team). This is the first time since 2013 that two Eagles were selected in the same season.

Voting for the all-league teams and major awards was done by Patriot League head coaches. Coaches could not vote for their own student-athletes.

These awards cap off what has been one of the most successful seasons in recent years for the AU lacrosse program as the team closed with the most wins since 2013 (7) under the leadership of first-year head coach Jenna Petrucelli

Emma Vinall led the way for the Eagles with a single-season program record 65 points, scoring a team-high 51 goals. She led the league during the conference slate with 3.56 goals per game and tied for No. 1 in league play with 6.67 shots per game. The Fairfax, Va., native also pitched in a career-high 14 assists and continued to work as a presence in the midfield with 24 draw controls, 22 ground balls, and 10 caused turnovers.

Kendall Goldblum also had a breakthrough season, ranking second on the squad with 38 goals, 47 points, 57 draw controls, and was third with 32 ground balls. The Wilmington, N.C., native also added nine assists and 11 caused turnovers.

The pair combined for 17 hat tricks this season with 10 from Vinall and seven from Goldblum. Both also earned single-game career-highs, starting with Vinall's eight points (5g, 3a) during the 21-3 trouncing of Presbyterian. Goldblum's came in the home finale as she led the team with nine points (7g, 2a) during the 17-13 victory over Holy Cross. She narrowly missed on a pair of program records with that performance, falling one goal short of tying Eleni Vagelatos' record from 1996. Those nine points would have also been good for the top spot in the record book if not for the 11 earned by teammate Erica Skowron last season.

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