March 11, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University evened it's record to 2-2 and earned their first Patriot League win of the season with a 10-7 home win over Lehigh on Saturday.
American scored four straight goals in the first half to take the lead, one that they would hold for the remainder of the game
Lehigh got on the board first at the 26:55 mark with Amy Chaimberlain taking a pass from Lissy King and burying it in the AU goal. Just over a minute later American's Brittany Finnegan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) tied the game at 1-1 on an unassisted goal. Finnegan's goal was the first of four straight for the Eagles, a run that was capped off when sophomore Lauren Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) took a pass from her sister Jackie and beat Lehigh goaltender Brittany Besler. The two teams traded goals over the final 15 minutes of the first half with American taking a 6-4 lead into the break.
It took less than two minutes for Lehigh to close the gap to a goal ,with Christy Smith notching an unassisted score. AU's Lane to Lane connected sparked again at the 23:25 mark with Jackie feeding Lauren once again for the Eagles' seventh goal of the day. Junior Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) put the Eagles back up 8-5 on a free position goal less than a minute later. Chamberlain answered right back 45 seconds later with her fourth goal of the game but AU managed two straight goals inside of the ten minute mark to complete the 10-7 win.
Finnegan, Lane and Gorman each finished with two gaols for the Eagles. Jackie Lane's two helpers led the team, as she leads the squad this season with five. Caitlin Bell (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield) finished with four caused turnovers, with Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contoocook Valley) tied for a team-best five ground balls.
AU netminder Kathleen Finnegan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) made 10 saves for the Eagles, while grabbing five ground balls. Besler made three saves for the Mountain Hawks, while finishing with four ground balls.
"It's always nice to get a conference win under our belts," said AU head coach Ashley Flanigan. "I felt we showed great composure and poise during the last four minutes of the game to seal the win. We need to work on taking better of the ball."
The Eagles held a 27-16 edge in ground balls, while Lehigh owned a 24-21 shot advantage in the contest. The two teams split draw controls, 9-9. AU is now 1-0 in the Patriot League, with Lehigh falling to 0-1 in conference play. The win marked the first win for the Eagles on the brand new William I Jacobs Recreational Complex.
American's next game will be against local rival George Washington in Florida. The Eagles and Colonials will play at 7 p.m. on Monday night.