WASHINGTON – In a battle between two second-place teams, the American University field hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to Boston University Friday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
The Eagles fell to 8-7 overall on the year and 3-2 in the Patriot League, while the Terriers improved to 9-7 overall and 4-1 in the league.
BU got on the board early, with Hester van der Laan scoring on a cross from right to left less than six minutes into the contest. The Terriers added to their advantage at the 6:38 mark in the first half as leading scorer Amanda Cassera bounced the ball into the cage.
After going scoreless in the first half, the Eagles found the back of the net just over seven minutes into the second period when senior Kati Rothenhoefer found freshman Leah DiGiandomenico in front of the left post for the goal.
Unfortunately, American could not capitalize on their momentum to get another score, while an unsettled situation following a BU penalty corner led to the Terriers' third goal with 16:01 remaining.
BU, which controlled the offense for much of the game, outshot American, 13-7, and held a 4-2 edge on penalty corners.
The Eagles are back in action on Wednesday, Oct. 29, when they visit second-ranked Maryland for a non-conference contest.