April 4, 2007
BALTIMORE, Md. - Despite seven different players registering points, American University women's lacrosse was defeated by UMBC 15-9 on Wednesday afternoon at UMBC Stadium.
Abbey Swift netted a goal at the buzzer to wrap up the first half, giving UMBC an 8-5 lead. The Retrievers opened the second with the same drive, with Ali Levendusky netting her third goal of the game off the draw control. Down by four, the momentum shifted and American University netted back to back goals to come within two with 21:45 left in the game. Kira Sonberg (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) started the scoring off in the final frame for the Eagles after earning a free position shot and making the hosts pay. Less than a minute later, Lauren Aksionoff (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) was fouled and awarded the free position attempt. Using good vision, the captain found Gina Ibello (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) open in front of the goal and the Eagles were back in the game, down 9-7.
UMBC brought its lead back to three, but Aksionoff quickly crashed the goal and answered for the Red, White and Blue with 18:19 remaining, continuously chipping away at the Retriever lead. This was as close as the Eagles would come to the win, with UMBC staying on top and eventually winning 15-9. Aksionoff finished with two goals and two assists on the day, leading American University with 14 assists on the season.
UMBC came out of the locker room explosive jumping to a 3-0 advantage just over three minutes into the game. Defender Caitlin Bell (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield) used a quick cut to throw off the Retriever defense and fired American's first goal of the day, assisted by Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton). The hosts responded with two goals of their own, leading 5-1 with 25:17 left on the clock.
Aksionoff led Sonberg with a pass through the offensive zone and the Millersville, Md., native put it away, bringing the Eagles within three with plenty of time left to take the lead. After back and forth goals between the squads, with Gorman, Brittany Finnegan (West Islip, N.Y./West Islip) and Jackie Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) registering goals, AU ended the first down three. Sonberg finished with two goals, with Gorman chipping in two points of her own, coming off a goal and an assist.
American University is now 5-6 on the season and returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it travels to Lafayette for a Patriot League match-up.