April 8, 2006
WASHINGTON - After tying score with three consecutive goals minutes into the second half, the American University women's lacrosse team succumbed to a 6-1 Holy Cross run and could not even the score despite a late rally, losing a 14-12 pivotal Patriot League matchup Saturday afternoon on rainy William I Jacobs field.
The Eagles led 3-2 early thanks to two goals from Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contoocook Valley) and another from Jackie Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge), but Holy Cross answered with five straight goals and entered the second half leading 8-5. AU responded in the opening four minutes of the second half with three goals, kicked off by Caithlin Gorman's (Springfield, Va./Bishop Ireton) just 53 seconds into the half. Lauren Lane (North Massapequa, N.Y./Plainedge) assisted on two near identical plays with her sister Jackie to tie the score at 8-8 with 26 minutes to go.
Holy Cross took advantage of the game's more tentative pace over the next 15 minutes, going on a 6-1 run for the 14-9 lead with six minutes left.
With the seemingly insurmountable challenge on the scoreboard and time not on their side, AU came to life. Freshman Danielle Rhinehart (Linthicum, Md./Mt. de Sales) took a draw control after Holy Cross' previous goal and outran the defense down the middle for the solo run goal. AU held possession for the next several minutes with numerous opportunities, but it wasn't until 1:38 left that Lauren Lane scored her first on the game to put American down 11-14. Lauren Aksionoff (Baldwin, N.Y./Baldwin) added another goal, but time was not on the Eagles' side and they could not convert another score before time expired.
The Lane sisters and Linnell led the team with four points each. Jackie Lane's four goals and sister Lauren's three assists - all to Jackie - led the team in the respective categories.
With the loss the Eagles undefeated record in league play is broken and they fall to 5-8 and 3-1 in the PL.
American has a week to prepare for Colgate, the PL's other women's lacrosse powerhouse, next Saturday on the road at 1 p.m.