April 7, 2007
EASTON, Pa.: - Led by Lauren Aksionoff's (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) career-high six goals, American University women's lacrosse netted a season high 19 goals to defeat Patriot League rival Lafayette 19-8 on Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field.
Lafayette started the scoring off just over two minutes into the game, but the Eagles answered with a four goal stretch and never looked back. Aksionoff had a four goal first half, with teammate Jackie Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) chipping in two in the opening 20 minutes, to lead American to an 11-6 advantage at the break. Aksionoff finished with a game-high seven points, coming off six goals and one assist, with Lane combining three goals and two assists for a five point game.
In the win, senior Caithlin Gorman (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) tallied three goals, Kira Sonberg (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) and Gina Ibello (Cockeysville, Md./Maryvale Prep) each added two, with Amanda Makoid (Doylestown, Pa./Archbishop Wood), Caitlin Bell (Flourtown, Pa./Springfield) and Anne Marie Person (Rosemont, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) each registered one goal a piece. The squad was just two goals away from matching the American University's women's lacrosse record for goals in a game (21 vs. Duquesne, 1997).
AU outshot the Leopards 37-26, with goalkeeper Kristine Vida (Syosset, N.Y./Syosset) making 11 saves on the day. The Eagles also held the slim 20-16 margin in groundballs and the 14-13 advantage in draw controls. Whitney Kovar (Bethpage, N.Y./Plainedge) led the visitors with three groundballs and four caused turnovers. As a whole, American caused Lafayette to commit 27 turnovers in comparison to its season-low of 17.
American University improves to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in conference action. The Eagles return to action next Saturday when they host Bucknell in their final home Patriot League game of the 2007 season, honoring lone senior Caitlin Gorman.