March 16, 2005
PHILADELPHIA - The American University women's lacrosse team on Wednesday used an eight-goal second half to come back from a 6-3 halftime deficit and win, 11-9.
American started strong, scoring two of the game's first three goals. Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) opened the scoring 2:48 into the game. After St. Joe's knotted the game up at one a piece, freshman Chelsea Kapp (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) found the back of the net at the 18:10 mark. Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contoocook Valley) assisted on both AU goals.
However, the Eagles mustered just one tally for the remainder of the opening period, while St. Joe's countered with five goals of its own. The host Hawks entered the lockerroom up, 6-3.
Linnell's first goal cut SJU's lead to two just two minutes into the second period, but the Hawks answered 3:44 later to regain a three-goal lead, 7-4.
Senior attacker Rebecca Copeland's (Webster, N.Y./Webster) goal at the 20:52 mark pulled AU to within two, but more importantly it opened the floodgates for the Eagles' offense. American scored five consecutive goals, starting with Copeland's tally - off a feed from freshman Jackie Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) - and capped by three straight goals from Linnell to give the visitors a 9-7 advantage with 15:12 left in the game.
St. Joseph's twice pulled back to within one goal, but both times AU underclassmen stepped up to shut the door on the Hawks. After an SJU marker made the score 9-8, freshman Lauren Aksionoff (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) to push AU ahead by two. SJU once again scored to make it 10-9, but sophomore midfielder Sarah Milewski (Brookhaven, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) scored her ninth goal of the season and second goal of the game with 3:02 left to seal the win.
The win for the Eagles was full of spectacular individual performances. In addition to Linnell's game-high six points (4g, 2a), she racked up five ground balls and a caused turnover. Milewski also filled up the stat sheet, with two goals, four ground balls and four draw controls.
Meanwhile, AU's defense was also exemplary. Senior co-captain Kerri McGinty (Huntington, N.Y./Harborfields) notched four ground balls and three caused turnovers, while fellow defender Laura Barnes (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) matched her output with four GBs and three caused turnovers. Goaltender Kathleen Finnegan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) stopped nine shots while allowing just nine goals.
After dropping its first three contests of the season, American has now won two straight games. The Eagles have a challenging weekend ahead of them. AU on Saturday travels to Easton, Pa., for a Patriot League battle with Lafayette. Then the Eagles open up their home docket with a 3 p.m. start against Richmond, seeking revenge for a 9-7 loss versus the Spiders last season.