Konerth Hat Trick Sparks AU Past Holy Cross, 8-1

Konerth Hat Trick Sparks AU Past Holy Cross, 8-1

WORCESTER, Mass.Natalie Konerth scored a hat trick in the middle of eight unanswered goals by American University as the Eagles earned an 8-1 victory at Holy Cross in the Patriot League field hockey opener for both teams on Saturday.

The Eagles improved to 5-2 on the season after winning their fourth match in five starts. The eight goals were the most by AU since it won 9-2 at Lehigh on Oct. 6, 2012.
 
The Crusaders fell to 3-3 overall.
 
Freshman Emily Hogan scored two goals for the Eagles, who got three assists from senior Jess Davis and a pair of helpers from sophomore Rachel Stefano. Leah DiGiandomenico and Rafaela Rubas chipped in a goal and an assist each to the score sheet.
 
Holy Cross scored the first goal just 4:33 into the match when Emily Loprete scored on an assist by Maureen Connolly, who came into the match leading the PL in scoring.
 
DiGiandomenico tied the game midway through the first half on an assist from Rubas. The Eagles went ahead with no time left in the first half on a penalty corner, as Stefano and Davis assisted on Konerth's first goal.
 
Konerth scored again just five minutes later, and had her third straight goal with 19:40 left on another penalty corner setup from Stefano and Davis.
 
Unassisted goals by Haley Bowcutt and Hogan made it 6-1 with 6:39 left. Rubas converted an assist by Kat Roncoroni with 1:12 to play and another penalty corner conversion with time elapsed gave Hogan her second goal and Davis her third assist of the match.
 
Junior Alexandra Morris needed just two saves to earn the win in the AU cage, as the Eagles earned a 21-10 edge in shots in the match, including a 12-2 advantage in the second half.
 
Marcia LaPlante had 12 saves for Holy Cross.
 
American returns home for a pair of matches next weekend at Jacobs Field. The Eagles host Lehigh at noon on Saturday before facing 10th-ranked Princeton on Sunday at 2:00.