AU Falls to Boston University in Patriot League Semifinals

Leah DiGiandomenico
Leah DiGiandomenico

LEWISBURG, Pa. – In the second semifinal of the 2014 Patriot League Tournament, the third-seeded American University field hockey team dropped a 3-1 decision to second-seed Boston University on Friday afternoon.

With the loss, the Eagles concluded the 2014 season with a 9-9 overall record. Meanwhile, the Terriers improved to 12-7 on the year and will advance to tomorrow's championship game versus top-seed Bucknell.

Boston University, ranked 20th in the latest NFHCA coaches poll, was the first to get on the board, as sophomore Amanda Cassera buried a shot from the top of the circle less than 10 minutes into the contest.

Meanwhile, the Eagles were able to get the equalizer seven minutes later when freshman Leah DiGiandomenico corralled a saved shot and sent the ball into the back of an empty cage. Both teams played tough defense for the remainder of the half, leaving the score tied at 1-1 at the break.

The Terriers regained the lead early in the second half, getting on the board less than five minutes into the period. After a prime scoring opportunity by the Eagles missed just wide, BU scored on the counterattack with a diving tip in by Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Sofi Laurito. The Terriers increased their advantage to two goals with another score from Cassera less than four minutes later, and held on the win.

For the game, BU outshot American 14-9, holding an 11-4 edge in the second half. The Terriers also held a 7-3 advantage on corners.

AU goalkeeper Kate McBeath finished with six saves, while PL Goalkeeper of the Year Valentina Cerda Embcke registered seven stops for the Terriers.

"I thought we had some great moments in today's match, but in the end, BU is a great team and they were able to play very well together," said American head coach Steve Jennings. "The key stretch was a two-goal period in the second half. I thought we were better in the first half, but in the second half they were able to get on the board twice in quick succession and that really put us under pressure. We give credit to BU for a great game and wish them luck in the finals tomorrow."

 "I want to thank in particular our seniors who have had an incredible four year career with us. We wish them all the best going forward."