WASHINGTON – Only two days after being recognized as the Patriot League Corvias Defensive Player of the Week, junior Rachel Stefano has been selected as GEICO Student-Athlete of the Week. Stefano is the third American University field hockey player to earn the distinction this season.
The junior defender from Moorestown, N.J. tabbed her first career goal during the Eagles' 4-0 win over Lehigh on Friday after she knocked in a rebound in the final two seconds of the game.
Stefano has been a key element in one of the strongest backlines in the NCAA this season, helping the Eagles to five shutouts for a No. 5 ranking in Division I (0.50 per game). She came away with a big defensive save against No. 9 Louisville earlier in September and contributed assists during the wins against both Drexel and Lehigh.
The Eagles will be home this weekend for a pair of back-to-back games against Holy Cross (Sept. 30) and Longwood (Oct. 1). For the latest on AU Field Hockey, stay tuned to AUEagles.com and follow the team on Twitter @AU_FieldHockey.