AU Posts First 5-0 PL Start Ever with Win at Lafayette

American remained undefeated in the Patriot League, posting a 5-0 record for the first time in program history, and matched the record for conference wins with a 15-11 victory at Lafayette on Saturday.

Seven different players found the back of the net for the Eagles, led by a career-high seven points from Jordan Harrington. Harrington finished the day with a career-high five goals and also added two assists. Kimberly Collins registered her sixth hat trick of the year and Samantha Marshall tallied three assists with a team-high four draw controls. Teal Harrison notched five saves.

Lafayette (8-7, 2-3) took an early 2-0 lead before Collins put the Eagles on the board off an unassisted tally at the 21:04 mark. The Leopards responded with four straight goals to extend its advantage to 6-1 with just over seven minutes remaining in the half.

American (7-8, 5-0) was able to bounce back and find its rhythm as Harrington scored back-to-back goals over three and a half minutes apart. Terese Buechli scored off the feed from Marshall in the final second to cut the deficit down to two, 6-4, heading into the intermission.

The Eagles carried its momentum into the second half. Emily Maher found the back of the net a minute in to spark a 4-0 run as American went up 8-6 with 25:02 remaining. Lafayette responded with four straight tallies of their own to retake the lead, 10-8, at 18:04. Collins and Jessica Wojciechowski knotted it up at 10, scoring just 11 seconds apart, and the Eagles would add five more for the 15-10 advantage with 5:07 to play. The Leopards closed out the scoring as Addie Godfrey added her fourth goal of the day for the 15-11 final score.

Ana White led Lafayette with five points on three goals and two assists with Godrey posting a team-high four goals and four draw controls.

American held the 16-11 edge in draw controls and 12-10 advantage in ground balls collected for the game.

The Eagles' 5-0 start in the Patriot League marks American's best record in program history and its five wins also match the program record, which was last set in 2008. American is also guaranteed at least a top-two seed in the conference tournament for the first time since 2008, with its game against Navy on Sunday, April 21 at 12:00 p.m. determining the tournament host and top seed.

American closes out the regular season with a pair of games this week at Jacobs Field, hosting Longwood in its final non-conference match-up on Wednesday, April 17 at 4:00 p.m. before taking on the Midshipmen for Senior Day.

2013-04-13



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