COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The American University field hockey team closed out its weekend at the Terrapin Invitational on Sunday with the third shutout of the season, overcoming Towson, 5-0.
The Eagles will open their conference slate next weekend with a 4-2 overall record, while Towson continues to search for its first win of the season at 0-6.
AU was led by a pair of goals from sophomore Kathryn Roncoroni, bringing her total up to four for the season. Junior Rafaela Rubas, senior Haley Bowcutt, and freshman Ella Arata also contributed a goal each, with Bowcutt also putting up an assist for three points on the day. She now leads the team's overall scoring efforts with 11 points so far this season (four goals, three assists).
This was the third shutout of the season for junior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs, who had three saves against the Tigers.
Although the Eagles were able to gain a 2-0 edge over Towson during the first half, it certainly was not without a few close calls. The Tigers had a couple good runs into AU territory which were broken up well by the Eagles' defensive line, made up of senior Katie McCormick, and juniors Rachel Stefano and Annaka Groschinski.
A series of penalty corners midway through the half nearly put Towson on the board, but the Eagles were able to regain composure and push play back into Towson's half with 15 minutes left before the break.
Roncoroni was the first to get on the board for AU with a brief run along the left side of the field after a Towson foul and a blazing shot into the bottom corner of the cage.
Rubas followed with a goal of her own two minutes later, chipping in a nice shot off a rebound from a penalty corner.
The Eagles came back in dominating fashion after the break, immediately pushing into Towson's half and maintaining possession throughout the majority of the second half.
Bowcutt clinched AU's first goal of the half, third overall, after a scramble in front of the net in the 30th minute. Roncoroni followed with her second of the day ten minutes later off a penalty corner.
The Eagles showed good ball movement around the circle throughout the final 20 minutes of play, repeatedly pressuring Towson's defensive line and earning a string of penalty corners, the last of which resulted in Arata's first goal of her AU career.
American will make its home debut on Saturday, Sept. 16, with the first Patriot League matchup of the season against Bucknell. The Eagles will make a quick turnaround for their second home game of 2017 with a Sunday contest against Drexel.
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