No. 11 Virginia Dominates, Snaps American's 5-Game Streak

The American University lacrosse team had its five-game winning streak snapped with a 16-4 loss to No. 11 Virginia on Tuesday afternoon at Jacobs Field.

American (5-7, 3-0 PL) faced a 9-0 deficit at the end of the first half as the Cavaliers held an advantage in nearly every category. Virginia was able to hold onto the ball through most of the period, coming up with nine draw controls compared to one for the Eagles. The Cavaliers held a 20-3 edge in shots, with Teal Harrison coming up with six saves in the first half.

Virginia (7-6, 0-4 ACC) added two more to open the second half for the 11-0 advantage before Jordan Harrington put American on the board with 20:59 remaining in the game. The Cavaliers responded with three more to take the 14-1 lead with 13:04 to play. Kimberly Collins extended her scoring streak to 35, finding the back of the net on an unassisted tally. Collins completed the hat trick with back-to-back goals just two minutes apart before Virginia's Christie Donovan closed out the scoring with a goal at the 2:11 mark for the 16-4 final score.

Collins finished the day with four points, also adding the assist on Harrington's goal, while Laura Dawson collected four ground balls. Harrison posted nine saves between the pipes for the Eagles.

Nine different players scored for the Cavaliers. Morgan Stephens led the team with three goals. Courtney Swan notched six draw controls and Lelan Bailey collected three ground balls. Liz Colgan made three stops as the starting goalkeeper.

Virginia held a 32-10 advantage in shots, 13-11 edge in ground balls collected and 18-4 advantage in draw controls for the game.

American will look to get back on track when it travels to Lehigh on Sunday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m. to take on the Mountain Hawks. The Eagles can clinch a spot in the 2013 Patriot League Tournament with a win on Sunday. American returns to Jacobs Field on Tuesday, April 9 to host Towson at 3:00 p.m.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. The No. 11 Virginia women's lacrosse team snapped American's five-game win streak with a 16-4 victory over the Eagles at Jacobs Field in Washington, D.C.

The Cavaliers dominated the first half of play, jumping out to a 9-0 halftime lead. In the first 15 minutes of the game, Virginia outshot the Eagles 11-1. The Cavaliers also won the first nine draw controls of thecontest.

"I think it was really important for us to come out and play hard and really dominate some possession time," said Virginia head coach Julie Myers. "I think we did a great job making little plays. It was important for us to play consistently as well and I think we did that, making little plays as well as big plays, from the opening whistle to the very end."

Morgan Stephens (So., Olney, Md.) flashed some fancy footwork, working her way through the defense to the front of the net to open the game with a goal 1:42 into the contest. Liza Blue (So., Butler, Md.) scored a man-up goal with 24:07 left in the game to increase the lead to 2-0. The Cavaliers would add seven more goals before the break to take a 9-0 lead into halftime.

The second half began in the same fashion as the first, with Courtney Swan (So., Vero Beach, Fla.) winning the opening draw and Ashlee Warner (Jr., Corning, N.Y.) scoring back-to-back unassisted goals to give Virginia an 11-0 lead.

American scored its first goal with 20:59 left in the game, but never managed to get the deficit back to single-digits.

Stephens had her third hat trick of the season, scoring three goals with an assist. Stephens also won three draw controls and picked up a ground ball. Swan won six draw controls. She also scored two goals with an assist.

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2013-04-02



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