The top-seeded American University field hockey team won its ninth Patriot League Championship and first since 2010 on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field, posting a 3-0 shutout of No. 2 Boston U.
"Yesterday we had a really tough game and we wanted to play a lot better and knew we would have to because Boston's a really outstanding team," said Head Coach Steve Jennings. "This team really has been on a mission for the entire last year and with the training they've done in the offseason, the work they've done together in the summertime and all throughout this year we were really not going to be denied. It's just a credit to our will and how much heart the team has."
American (14-5) nearly scored in the first minute of play. Jess Davis took the shot and Valentina Cerda Eimbcke made the save to prevent the early lead. The Eagles earned a penalty corner following the save but Jaclyn Anspach's attempt was also stopped by Eimbcke.
Boston (13-7) tallied its first chance in the 15th minute on a penalty corner with the American defense coming up with a stop on Ysi Schieb's shot. The Terriers had a pair of opportunities in the 23rd minute, with both attempts going wide. Taylor Blood registered a shot in the 24th minute as Ashley Dalisera came up with the save.
The Eagles got on the board in the 31st minute on a penalty corner, with Shelly Montgomery rocketing a shot past Eimbcke for the 1-0 lead. American took a 2-0 advantage in the 34th minute on its next penalty corner. Montgomery had the redirect off the Grace Wilson pass. Boston tried to tie it up in the final minute of the half but Dalisera came up with the saves on both Amanda Cassera and Madeleine Hackett's tries.
The Terriers notched the first chance of the second half, but the Eagles' defense blocked Schieb's try off a penalty corner. American switched the field and had three straight penalty corner opportunities, converting on the last one with Alex McMackin knocking it in and Wilson tallying her second assist. The Eagles nearly added a fourth goal after Boston pulled its goalie, but Ellie Landsman had the defensive save for the Terriers on Wilson's try.
The two teams each tallied nine shots while American had a 8-2 advantage in penalty corners for the game. Dalisera finished with three saves for her fifth shutout of the season.
Following Saturday's game, Dalisera, Rebecca Treharne and Wilson were named to the All-Tournament Team with Montgomery being named the Tournament MVP.
The Eagles will await its tournament fate, which will be announced tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on NCAA.com.