Eagles Fall to No. 8 Delaware

Eagles Fall to No. 8 Delaware

WASHINGTON – Freshman Emily Hogan scored for American University, but No. 8 Delaware scored four goals in the opening 15 minutes and went on to earn a 6-1 victory over the 19th-ranked Eagles in a non-conference field hockey match Sunday at Jacobs Field.

The loss ended a four-game winning streak for American, which fell to 11-5 on the season. Four of AU's losses this season have come to nationally ranked teams.
 
The Blue Hens extended their winning streak to 11 straight, improving to 15-2 overall. The game Sunday was a matchup between teams in first place in their respective leagues – American in the Patriot League and Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association.
 
Maura Zarkoski had two goals and an assist to lead Delaware's scoring, with Lisa Giezeman adding two goals. Nine different players hit the scoring chart for the Blue Hens.
 
Hogan's fourth goal of the season came with 4:33 left in the first half. She broke loose on a fast break with sophomore Tara Murphy and beat goalkeeper Emmeline Oltmans for the score.
 
AU's goal made it 4-1 at halftime, as Delaware controlled the opening stretches of the match and ended the first half with an 8-2 edge in shots and a 3-1 edge in penalty corners.
 
Giezeman's second goal of the match came 7:22 into the second half and the Blue Hens added one more with 3:32 remaining on a score by Esmee Peet.
 
The match was relatively even after halftime as the second-half shots were 6-6 and AU had all four penalty corners in the second half.
American faces a showdown for the Patriot League regular-season title next Saturday when it hosts 13th-ranked Boston University at noon.