American Downs Holy Cross in Conference Opener

The American University lacrosse team battled back from a three-goal deficit in the first half on its way to a 16-8 victory over Holy Cross in its Patriot League opener on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field.

Holy Cross (4-5, 1-1) struck first a minute and a half into the game and took an early 3-0 advantage on a free position shot from Kat Sutton at the 24:46 mark. Alex Lugovina snapped the streak with an unassisted tally. Sutton answered with another goal for the Crusaders but back-to-back scores from Emily Burton and Kimberly Collins brought American within one, 4-3. After an unassisted goal from Laura Ryan the Eagles went on a 5-0 run to take the lead for good, with Collins finding the back of the net with two seconds remaining in the half for the 9-6 advantage.

American (2-6, 1-0) extended its lead to 11-6 in the second half with Jordan Harrington scoring 48 seconds in and Emily Maher adding the tally on the dish from Samantha Marshall. Holy Cross answered with consecutive goals, but the Eagles were able to hold the Crusaders scoreless for the rest of the game while adding five straight goals for the 16-8 final score.

Lugovina bested her career-high set earlier this season, leading American with five goals in the contest. Collins and Harrington each finished with a hat trick and Marshall added three assists. Nicole Lombardo collected a team-high three ground balls and Maher came up with seven draw controls. Teal Harrison made five saves between the pipes for the Eagles.

American held a 31-17 advantage in shots, 7-5 edge in ground balls collected and 16-9 advantage in draw controls for the game.

The Eagles continue Patriot League action on Saturday, March 23 when they head to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate at 1:00 p.m.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. With the score tied at 6-6 with 9:38 left in the first half, the Eagles then outscored the Crusaders by a 10-2 margin as Holy Cross fell to American, 16-8, on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action at Jacobs Field. With the loss, the Crusaders fall 4-5 overall (1-1 PL), while the Eagles improve to 2-6 overall (1-0 PL).

The Crusaders moved out to an early 3-0 lead as junior Sara Hennessey (Winchester, Mass.) scored off a pass from freshman Kaitlin Concilio (Ridgewood, N.J.) for her team-leading 22nd goal of the season, senior captain Maddie Carrellas (Middletown, R.I.) then found the back of the net and senior captain Kat Sutton (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) netted a goal on a free-position shot.

Hennessey extended her goal scoring streak to 25 straight games. After Alex Lugovina put the Eagles on the scoreboard, Sutton made it a 4-1 contest with her second goal of the game on a free-position shot. American then netted two straight goals, but Sutton scored her third goal of the game as she found the back of the net off a pass by Concilio. Sutton now has three hat-tricks this season and 13 for her career. The assist was Concilio's second of the game and her team-best ninth of the season.

After Lugovina scored her second goal of the game, sophomore Laura Ryan (Stirling, N.J.) gave the Crusaders a 6-4 lead with 14:04 remaining in the first half. The Eagles then closed out the half with five consecutive goals to take a 9-6 lead to the half.

American netted the first two goals of the second half for an 11-6 advantage. The Crusaders then scored their only two goals of the second half to cut the lead to 11-8. Ryan netted her second goal of the contest and freshman MacKenzie Bozel (Hunt Valley, Md.) scored her first collegiate goal off a pass from Ryan. The Eagles then closed out the game by scoring five straight goals for the 16-8 final score. Lugovina led the Eagles with five goals.

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