Collins Scores Five in AU Win over GW
from press release
The American University lacrosse team picked up its first
victory of the season by upending George Washington 17-8 Wednesday
at Jacobs Field.
Sophomore Kimberly Collins led all scorers with five goals, while Chiara Speziale, Emily Stankiewicz and Bernadette Maher notched three apiece. Junior goalkeeper Kaska Komosinski also had a stellar performance, recording seven saves and anchoring an American defense that allowed only eight goals. Sarah Phillips garnered three tallies for the Colonials, who were outshot 30-18 in the defeat.
The Eagles (1-1) got off to a flying start in the first period when Samantha Marshall navigated around a defender and put American up 1-0 at the 1:53 mark. Speziale got her first goal of the afternoon three minutes later before two George Washington tallies tied the game at 2-2. The two teams then exchanged goals before Collins and Stankiewicz combined for three straight tallies, giving the Eagles a 6-3 lead midway through the period.
Sarah Phillips responded with a goal for the Colonials (1-2) before two more American goals concluded the first period. Speziale ducked around a George Washington defender for an unassisted goal at the 21:36 mark, and then Emily Burton found Collins streaking through the middle to give American an 8-4 lead at halftime. The Eagles held advantages in shots (16-10), ground balls (7-4) and turnovers (6-10) at the break.
Neither team would budge at the beginning of the second half as the Eagles and Colonials traded three goals apiece in the first 13 minutes. Stankiewicz finished a free position shot to open the scoring, but Mia Breheny responded with a quick score for George Washington. The back and forth affair continued until Speziale scored on a free position shot at the 28:35 mark, putting American up 12-7 and kicking off a 6-0 run. Collins and Maher each had two goals on the run that all but sealed an Eagles' victory. Despite a Phillips tally in the game's final minute, American left Jacob's Field with a resounding 17-8 win.
Stankiewicz had a solid all-around game, finishing with three goals, three ground balls and a team-high four caused turnovers. Five different Eagles notched three points or more in the victory.
American will look to win its second straight at home when it faces UMBC on Saturday, February 26 at 1:00 p.m.
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