March 31, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - American University women's lacrosse had its four game win streak snapped by Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon at the Hart Astroturf Complex after being defeated 15-5 by the Crusaders.
American opened the final half with the momentum, after Gina Ibello (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) tallied her second goal of the game off the draw control. Ibello's 10th goal of the season brought the Eagles within seven, down 10-3, with plenty of time left for a comeback. Similar to the first half, Holy Cross didn't waste any time responding with a goal of its own, but AU's Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) quickly stepped up and scored back to back goals for the Eagles, attempting to make a dent in the Crusader lead. American wouldn't come any closer than seven, with the first place Crusaders going on to win 15-5.
Holy Cross dominated from wire to wire, leading 10-2 at the end of the opening 30. After opening the scoring gates just 1:13 into the game, Crusader midfielder Megan Fenton tallied her first of four goals to give the hosts' an early 2-0 advantage.
Despite being down two, American stayed patient on the offensive end. After various cuts through the circle, Ibello drove to the goal and put the Eagles on the board with 25:18 remaining. Holy Cross answered with a goal off the draw control and went on to score four more, with Fenton tallying her second and Ali Baird notching two of her own. With just over eight minutes remaining in the first, Jackie Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) scored for AU, but once again the Crusaders responded with three goals of their own, leading by eight at the end of the opening stanza.
Gorman and Ibello led the Eagles with two goals each, while Holy Cross was led by Fenton's four goals and one assist. Facing 33 shots on goal, goalkeeper Kristine Vida (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) made 10 saves on the day for AU.
American University women's lacrosse falls to 5-5 on the season and 1-1 in Patriot League play, while the Crusaders' improve to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference. The Eagles return to action on Wednesday when they make the short trip to face regional foe UMBC in a non-conference match at 4 p.m.