April 4, 2006
WASHINGTON - American University women's lacrosse team fell to 5-7 overall after dropping a 13-8 home game to University of Maryland Baltimore County on Tuesday afternoon.
The teams went back and forth for the first period with AU down by a goal at the end of 30 minutes of play. UMBC's Ali Levendusky started the scoring at 28:38 on an unassisted goal that beat Eagle goaltender Kathleen Finnegan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's). AU sophomore Chelsea Kapp (Glenelg, Md./Glenelg) answered right back on a free position shot to tie the game at 1-1. UMBC retook the lead at the 25:12 mark, but it took Kapp just 16 seconds to even the score once again.
The Retrievers retook the lead less than a minute later but AU senior Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contoocook Valley) once again knotted the game with an unassisted score. Two straight goals in the final seven minutes put UMBC up 5-3, but with 11 seconds remaining junior Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) took a pass from Jackie Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) and blasted it past Retriever goalie Susie Sweeney.
Five minutes into the second frame UMBC's Kara Dorr put her squad up 6-4, before Linnell dished off to sophomore Lauren Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) who put the ball in the Retriever net. Two minutes later Linnell scored her second goal of the game to tie the game up 6-6 with 22:24 left in regulation. Two straight UMBC goals put them ahead 8-6, before Gorman cut the lead to one with her second score of the contest.
Once again UMBC answered with a pair of goals to go ahead 10-7. Jackie Lane added another AU goal to close to within two, but three straight Retriever goals to end the game put hopes of a comeback out of reach for American.
Linell, Kapp and Gorman paced the Eagles with two goals each, with Linnell's three points leading American. Defender Caitlin Bell (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield) had five ground balls and three caused turnovers in the contest. Finnegan had five saves in net for American.
Kelly Fiorani led the Retrievers with four goals and an assist on the day, with Dorr finishing with a trio of goals. Levendusky finished with two goals and five ground balls on the day. Sweeney had a solid day in net, grabbing 10 saves for the visitors.
The Eagles will play a pivotal Patriot League game against Holy Cross on Saturday, when they host the Crusaders at the William I Jacobs Recreational Complex at noon.