March 9, 2011

American Tops VaTech for First Time Since '99

from press release

The American University women's lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Virginia Tech and never looked back en route to a 18-7 win Wednesday at Jacobs Field. 

Bernadette Maher started the offensive barrage for the Eagles, putting American on the board in the game's third minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage.  The score would stay 1-0 until Emily Stankiewicz doubled the lead to 2-0 when she buried a shot past Hokie goalkeeper Alexis Carey with 21:49 remaining in the opening half.  Goals by Lisa Schaaf and Emily Burton would extend the lead to 4-0 before Virginia Tech's Morgan Widlake would answer back to make the score 4-1 with 16:41 left in the first.

The three-goal margin would be the closest the Hokies would come to American the rest of the afternoon as Stankiewicz's second goal of the day made the score 5-1.  Following another Hokie tally, Samantha Marshall scored the first of her three goals on the day followed by Chiara Speziale to open a 7-2 lead for the Eagles with four minutes remaining in the first.  Virginia Tech would answer back with a pair of goals to cut the lead to 7-4 as the teams headed to halftime.

The Eagles opened the second half strong with a 6-0 run to push the margin to 13-4.  Marshall began the scoring just 1:32 into the frame, and she was followed by goals from Maher, Schaaf, Speziale, Paige Lin and finally Eliza Morgan to cap the run with her first goal with 15:13 remaining.  Following a Hokie goal to cut the score to 13-5, Marshall completed her hat third hat trick of the season to extend the margin back to 14-5.  After another Hokie score, Burton scored back-to-back goals giving her a hat trick also, while extending the lead to 16-6.  Speziale completed the day's scoring for the Eagles, garnering her third and fourth tallies of the afternoon, to extend her team lead in both goals to 17 and hat tricks to four for the season.

Kaska Komosinski played 58:05 in cage for American recording three saves.  In addition to her two goals, Stankiewicz recorded two helpers on the offensive end, tied with Lauren Schoenberger for the most in the game; and she picked up three ground balls to lead a stellar defensive effort.

On the afternoon, American outshot Virginia Tech 34-16; including an 18-5 margin in the first half.  The win for the Eagles broke a five-game losing streak to the Hokies and was their first over the Hokies since a 15-12 victory in 1999 at Reeves Field.

American returns to action this Saturday, March 12 in the team's Patriot League opener versus Holy Cross at Jacobs Field.  Gametime for the Eagles and Crusaders is set for 1:00 p.m.

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