No. 22 @AU_FieldHockey Closes Two-Game Homestand with Win Over Drexel

Photo: Noor Coenen vs. Towson (09/10/2017)

WASHINGTON - The No. 22 American University field hockey team (6-2, 1-0 PL) was lifted to a 4-1 victory over nonconference foe Drexel (3-5, 0-0 CAA) on Sunday behind a two-goal effort from freshman Noor Coenen.

Senior Samantha McCormick and junior Megan Benson joined Coenen on the scoresheet with one goal each, while senior Anne Waverly Spencer and juniors Rachel Stefano and Rafaela Rubas each contributed an assist. 

Coenen now lands in the No. 2 spot on the Eagles' roster with her 12 points this season (five goals, two assists). Senior Haley Bowcutt continues to lead the squad after her hat trick during Saturday's 4-0 win over Bucknell pulled her to 17 points for the year (seven goals, three assists).

This was a career performance for midfielder Benson, as she put away her first goal as an Eagle after a pass from Rubas found its way through traffic.

Rubas now leads the team with five assists this season, followed by Waverly Spencer and Bowcutt with three each.

On the defensive end, junior Annaka Groschinski put in a good game on the back line, interrupting Drexel's passing lanes and tallying her first defensive save of the season in the second half after a scramble in front of the net pulled junior goalkeeper Maura Jacobs off the line.

Jacobs had four saves of her own for the day, bringing her total up to 20 as the Eagles enter the middle portion of the season.

Much like Saturday's game against Bucknell, both teams had a slow start in terms of scoring. The Eagles just barely got on the board in the first half after McCormick put away her only goal of the game off of a rebound in front of the net with less than a minute before the break.

The Eagles started the second half with a series of penalty corners, and nearly tallied their second goal after a shot from Bowcutt was saved from Drexel goalkeeper, Erin Gilchrist. A green card on Drexel's Sydney Muntone put AU at an advantage ten minutes into the half, and Coenen was quick to capitalize with a blazing shot off of a penalty corner from Waverly Spencer and assist from Stefano.

The Dragons responded in kind 12 minutes later after a pass from Tess Bernheimer through traffic found Tess Horan open in front of the net. But the Eagles continued to lay on the pressure and Coenen was able to break through Drexel's defense with less than five minutes left, carrying the ball from midfield before weaving a shot just past Drexel's goalkeeper.

Benson added her goal less than two minutes later off of a beautiful feed from Rubas after an AU penalty corner.

By the final whistle, the Eagles had put up 27 shots to Drexel's six, and received 13 penalty corners to the Dragons' three.

The Eagles will be back on the road next week with their second conference game of the season at 4 p.m. on Friday at Lehigh before returning home on Sunday for a 1 p.m. start against Penn.

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