March 18, 2007
WASHINGTON - Led by Jackie Lane's (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) seven points, coming off six goals and one assist, American University women's lacrosse won its third straight game, defeating Le Moyne 15-12 on Sunday afternoon at the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex.
Le Moyne scored the first goal of the day, but Lane was there to answer for the Eagles, locking the score at one just 30 seconds later. Wasting no time, Lane found Kira Sonberg (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) open on a cut and with 26:03 remaining in the opening stanza, Sonberg put it away to give AU the 2-1 advantage and its first and final lead of the day. Sonberg finished with three goals in the win.
The Eagles opened the second with a 7-4 lead, but Dolphin attacker Meghan Burgoon quickly put her squad within two. With 22:11 remaining in regulation, it was Le Moyne who struck again, cutting AU's advantage to just one in the opening minutes of the second stanza. After Anne Marie Person (Rosemont, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) notched her sixth goal of the season, the Dolphins answered with two of their own, locking the game at eight with 16:55 to go. After winning the draw control and with lightning speed, senior Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) broke through the defenders and quickly regained American's lead. Le Moyne still wouldn't back down, tying the game at nine just 29 seconds later. This was as close as the Dolphins would come, with American University responding with six unanswered goals.
In the 6-0 run, Gorman tallied two goals, Lane registered three and Leslie Fischer (Cleveland Heights, Ohio/Cleveland Heights) notched her third goal of the season. Lane finished with a game-high six goals and seven points, just one point short of matching American University's all-time record book for points in a game. Lane and Gorman each added an assist to go with their goals, with Lauren Aksionoff (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) and Gina Ibello (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) also chipping in an assist.
American University outshot the Dolphins 34-27, while goalkeeper Kristine Vida (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) recorded 12 saves in the win. AU also held the 32-26 advantage in ground balls with Caitlin Bell (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield) and Tahra Johnson (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) each picking up five in the win. Johnson also recorded a game-high five caused turnovers.
The Eagles improve to 4-4 on the season and enter their Patriot League opener on a three-game win streak, returning to action on Saturday, March 24 when it hosts Colgate at 1 p.m.