April 18, 2009

Holy Cross Downs American, 16-12

from press release

WASHINGTON - The American University women's lacrosse team fell to Holy Cross on Saturday, 16-12, as AU celebrated the careers of six senior student-athletes on senior day. Four Eagle seniors recorded a goal in their final game led by Leslie Fischer's three-goal day.

American (3-13, 1-5) came out firing first as Fischer scored her first goal to put the Eagles ahead 1-0 27 seconds into the game. Holy Cross responded with back-to-back goals to take their first lead before senior Kira Sonberg tied the game at two on her first goal with 24:15 on the clock. The Crusaders scored three straight goals to break the tie and with 8:16 to play held a 7-3 lead.

Fischer scored her third goal of the half to bring AU to withing three, 7-4, but Holy Cross scored the games next three goals to take a 10-4 lead with 1:54 remaining. Amanda Makoid recorded her first goal of the afternoon off a free position attempt with nine seconds to play, sending the team's into the intermission with Holy Cross leading 10-5.

American opened the second half with a quick goal scored by Anne Marie Person to move the score to 10-6. The Eagles, however, would go scoreless over the next 15-plus minutes as Holy Cross extended its lead to 16-6. With 7:09 remaining Bernadette Maher tallied her lone goal of the day to open a 6-0 AU run to close out the game. Six different Eagles scored during the stretch including goals from seniors Sonberg and Gina Ibello. American's surge was not enough to overcome Holy Cross's lead though as the Crusaders took the game by a final score of 16-12.

Fischer led the Eagles with three goals on three shots and also recorded one caused turnover. Makoid and Sonberg each scored twice on the day while Ibello notched one goal and two assists. Person added one goal and one ground ball in her final game as an Eagle. Senior defenders Whitney Kovar and Kathryn Tortorici also had big days for AU as Kovar tallied three ground balls and one caused turnover and Tortorici recorded three caused turnovers and two ground balls.

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