Eagles Fly Past the Mountain Hawks in PL Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - American University faced an early deficit but battled back and held off a Lehigh rally in the second half for the 18-15 victory on Saturday to improve to 3-1 in the Patriot League.

Lehigh (6-6, 2-2) took a quick 3-0 lead and went up by as many as four, 7-3, with 14:16 remaining in the first half. The Eagles answered with a 6-0 run begun by an unassisted goal from Emily Burton to take the 9-7 lead with 4:36 left. Chelsea Retaleato found the back of the net for the Mountain Hawks to close out the half and cut American's lead to one, 9-8.

American (7-5, 3-1) tallied three straight goals, including two from Paige Lin, to take a 12-8 lead to open the second half. Leigh Ann Torcivia stopped the run for the Mountain Hawks to cut the lead to three. The Eagles scored three more for their largest lead of the game, 16-10, with 12:48 remaining.

Carli Sukonik scored three straight goals for Lehigh to put American's lead at three once again, 16-13, with nine minutes left in the game. The two teams traded goals in the closing minutes but American held on for the 18-15 victory to remain in second place in the Patriot League standings.

"This was a really big win, we were going into it with tied records with Lehigh," said Head Coach Laura Campbell following the game. "I think a lot of players stepped up and it was a good effort across the board."

Burton tallied a team-high five goals while Lin matched her career-high with four, also adding one assist. Burton collected four ground balls with a career-high eight draw controls and Kaska Komosinski recorded six saves between the pipes for American.

Sukonik led Lehigh with seven goals and Julie McBrien added four. MaryLeah DiNisco had nine saves for the Mountain Hawks.

The Eagles will return to Jacobs Field next week on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. to take on Lafayette. Prior to the game, the team will honor the accomplishments of its five senior student-athletes.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lehigh took a 7-3 first-half advantage, but American used a 6-0 run to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish as the Eagles (7-5, 3-1 Patriot League) downed the Mountain Hawks (6-6, 2-2), 18-15 on Saturday afternoon.

Freshman Carli Sukonik tied a career-high eight points behind seven goals and an assist to lead the offense while junior Julie McBrien added four goals of her own.

Saturday marked Lehigh's final road game of the season as it returns home for two nonleague contests before hosting Holy Cross and Navy in crucial league clashes to close out the regular season.

"I thought their run towards the end of the first half was the difference in the game," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "You can't let someone reel off six in a row and expect to win."

Lehigh enjoyed a strong start, taking a 7-3 lead at 14:16 of the first after Sukonik scored her fourth of the game. The Mountain Hawks opened up with a scoring barrage, taking a 3-0 advantage just 3:12 in behind a goal from McBrien and two straight from Sukonik. American then used a 6-0 run to open up a 9-7 lead, but sophomore Chelsea Retaleato answered with an unassisted goal at the 3:40 mark to pull within one at the half.

The Eagles began the second with three straight goals, and seven of the first nine, to take a 16-10 lead with 12:48 remaining. But the Mountain Hawks wouldn't quit, as Sukonik posted a "natural hat trick," scoring three in a row, at 12:14, 9:22 and 9:00, to pull Lehigh right back within 16-13 with ample time still remaining.

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2012-03-31



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